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Brake Fluid

One of the most important additives to your braking system is the brake fluid you use. Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid, which means that it is fueled by liquids. When choosing the right brake fluid for your vehicle, you should keep a few things in mind. Standard brake fluid is fine for streetcars; but for performance vehicles that are aggressively braking and pushing their car to the limits, you will need synthetic brake fluid. Synthetic brake fluid will not boil under high temperatures, which causes a loss of your braking. When this happens you will notice your brake pedal becomes "squishy" and can go all the way down to the floor. 

Both standard and synthetic brake fluids start from the same “polyethylene glycol” stock. The difference is in the manner in which they are processed. To create synthetic brake fluid, the manufacturer will “synthesize” the original base stock, and improve the molecules by making them more consistent. The manufacturer could make the chains longer or add other molecules into the mixture to enhance its performance. It can be said that almost every synthetic brake fluid manufacturer goes by a different process. They add something called an “additive package” to the base stock. This is a mixture of anti-corrosion, anti-foaming and other chemicals that give the fluid the desired performance characteristics for operation in vehicles.

It is very important to flush and replace your brake fluid periodically. This is because brake fluids are hygroscopic, meaning they readily absorb moisture. For this reason, you should always pay attention and take special care in protecting your brake fluid from having contact with water, especially when topping off the fluid. Brake fluids will even pull moisture in directly from the air. Over a period of time, the fluid will become too saturated with excess moisture and begin to degrade. Once the moisture content reaches a certain amount, the brake fluid is no longer able to function properly in the brake hydraulic system.

Buy online or give one of our world-class professionals a call at 1-480-966-3040. We will be more than happy to assist you in choosing a brake fluid for your vehicle. After all, Vivid Racing was voted #1 in customer service nationwide!