Brakes and Brake Fluid
The braking system on your Kia should work correctly at all times to ensure your safety and the safety of other road users. Brake pads and discs should be checked regularly for wear and deterioration then replaced if needed.
The brake system is hydraulic so it contains brake fluid which is hygroscopic which means that it absorbs moisture over time therefore reducing its operational effectiveness. If the brake fluid is not changed when suggested by your Kia technician, the moisture content in the fluid can exceed the desired level therefore lowering the boiling point of the brake fluid and reducing brake performance.
The facts about your brakes
- Worn brake linings and discs/drums can reduce the braking efficiency of your Kia car.
- Brake fluid is used to transfer force under pressure through hydraulic lines to the braking mechanism at the wheels.
- Liquids cannot be compressed so when the brake pedal is pressed the brake fluid transfers pressure to the entire brake system which applies the brakes.
- Due to the heat generated during braking, the brake fluid must have a high boiling point but should not freeze cold temperatures.
- Brake fluid must be changed regularly according to Kia's recommendations.
- Braking efficiency is part of the governments MOT test.