Can Brake Fluid Go Bad? The Short Answer is Yes!


CARS.COM — Can brake fluid go bad? Indeed it can, and you might not be able to tell if it has just by looking. Most cars have see-through master cylinder reservoirs for brake fluid under the hood so owners can check at a glance to make sure it’s at the proper level. That, however, tells you nothing about the condition of the fluid.


Braking systems are hydraulic and filled with fluid. Brake fluid absorbs water over time, particularly in areas with high humidity, when moisture seeps through a car’s rubber hoses and seals. Water reduces the boiling point of brake fluid, and in situations that put high demands on your brakes — such as mountain driving, towing or making repeated hard stops — the fluid can become so hot that it impairs stopping ability or causes temporary loss of braking power. Gas bubbles are introduced to the brake lines and calipers when brake fluid boils, and because gas is compressible and brake fluid shouldn’t be, the brake pedal travels farther, feels spongier and braking is less effective.


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First Time Car Buyer?

Car Loan Documentation Checklist: The 5 Things You Need






When you apply for an auto loan, bringing appropriate documents can help you get approved for your loan quickly. Generally, lenders are looking for proof that you are a good credit risk and will be able to repay the loan. This information, along with your credit report and score, will factor into the interest rate you are charged.

Some lenders may ask for particular documents that others don’t require, so it’s worth phoning in advance of your appointment with the loan officer to run through the information you’ll need to bring along. But to get you started, here’s a checklist of documents most lenders want to see:


The secrets to buying a car the right way are at your fingertips.

1. Is the vehicle 4 Wheel Drive? if so does it work properly?

2. Do you have a clean Carfax?

3. Has it ever been repainted?

4. Are there any signs of smoking or pets?

5. Do all the windows and locks work?

6. Do all of the lights, wipers and stereo work?

7. Do the turn signals and cruise control work?

8. Do you have the clear title in hand?



Winter is just around the corner. For many drivers, that also means the challenges of winter car ownership are just around the corner, too, like salted streets, icy roads, freezing temperatures and heavy snow. How can you make sure your car is well cared for during the difficult winter months? We’ve listed eight simple car care tips that can go a long way toward making sure your car stays in great shape all winter long.


One major hazard with winter driving is that the sun sets earlier in the day, which means there’s less daylight, especially on your commute home. As a result, you’ll want to do everything you possibly can to make sure all of your vehicle’s lights are in excellent shape, providing the brightest possible illumination they can. If a bulb is out, fix it before winter starts, and if there’s snow covering any exterior light, make sure you remove it before setting off to drive anywhere. If your headlights are foggy or yellow, consider replacing them or look into an easy restoration kit.