Although often neglected, your vehicle's brake fluid is very critical to the operation of your braking system. The brake system is hydraulic, meaning it relies on brake fluid to generate the pressure needed to decelerate or stop your car. Whenever you place your foot on the brake pedal, pressure from the brake fluid is generated to squeeze the brake pads, making your wheels stop turning. Any leakages or air in the brake fluid can significantly decrease the hydraulic power and make it challenging to get your vehicle to come to a complete stop.    If you are low on your brake fluid, you may notice one or more of the following signs:  Brake warning light illuminated on your dash Brake fluid appears low, discolored, or dirty Brake pedal feels spongy or mushy Vehicle has a longer stopping time than usual    As soon as you catch an issue with your brakes, it would be best if you immediately took it to an automotive professional. Driving with any of these symptoms of faulty brakes can greatly risk your safety on the road. Don't fret - our service team can perform a comprehensive inspection of your brake system to understand the problem better. There are multiple causes of brake fluid problems, including the following:  A leak in the system Worn brake pads Damaged or air in the brake lines   You can help prevent brake fluid issues by regular inspections and proper vehicle maintenance. It's also imperative to follow your vehicle's factory recommendations for brake fluid changes and flushes, found in the owner's manual.    If you think that your vehicle needs brake repair, please give us a call or visit today! Our experts at Rainier Automotive can repair your brakes and get you back on the road safely in no time.