The most important fluid in your vehicle is also the most ignored. Indeed, brake fluid is often left until it’s too late to check out. But think about how many times you use your brakes on an average drive and think about how many times you subject some of its components to extreme heat whenever you slam on your brakes.
Such high heat conditions degrade brake parts over time. But what we often don’t realize is that brake fluid, which is part of this system, also gets exposed to extreme temperatures and thus, decreases in performance over time.
This is why brake systems should be regularly inspected and worn out components replaced in order to have better braking and performance.
“Even brake fluid breaks down from the constant heat exposure. Without brake fluid, our brakes won’t work. Contrary to what many might think, brake fade isn’t just caused by overheated pads or rotors, it’s also caused by overheated brake fluids. The latter happens when brake fluid heats up to boiling point and creates air bubbles within the brake lines, which in turn leads to reduced brake strength and dulled pedal feel. It’s absolutely essential to flush out and replace the brake fluid every two to three years to ensure moisture, rust and brake failure is prevented,” reminded Tonyo Calado, AVP for sales and marketing of All-Inclusive Sales Inc., which markets the Bendix brand of DOT 3 and DOT 4 high performance brake fluids in the Philippines.
He also stressed the need for a brake fluid that is robust against water absorption that causes the lowering of a brake fluid’s boiling point.
Wet boiling point refers to the temperature a DOT brake fluid will begin to boil after it has absorbed 3.7 percent water by volume. On the other hand, the dry boiling point of a brake fluid refers to the boiling temperature of fresh, new brake fluid from an unopened container.
Leading brand from Australia
Calado said he is glad to be able to bring the Bendix brand of DOT 3 and DOT 4 brake fluids here in the Philippines. “Delivering brake components over the past 66 years, Australia’s leading automotive brake manufacturer Bendix has set new standards in driver safety, performance and comfort with its latest brake fluid products.”
While all brake fluids are designed to meet the minimum boiling points to withstand the extreme temperatures generated during braking, Bendix DOT 3 and DOT 4 Brake Fluids are specially designed to exceed the boiling points required and perform even better in high-heat and high humidity environments like the Philippines.
He explained that Bendix DOT 3 and DOT 4 Brake Fluid products have been thoroughly tested in laboratories to determine its boiling point threshold. “Bendix DOT 3 and DOT 4 Brake Fluid have been shown to exceed the minimum wet boiling point of 140°C and 155°C, respectively. This also means that both products can withstand more heat while maintaining optimum braking performance for much longer periods.”
Calado added that both Bendix DOT 3 and DOT 4 Brake Fluids are formulated to minimize the corrosion of tinned iron, steel, aluminum, cast iron, brass and copper components, while being inert to both natural and synthetic rubber used in vehicle’s brake hoses, cups and seals.
Both the Bendix DOT 3 and DOT 4 Brake Fluid products have a hard working formula, which motorists and motorcycle riders here will really appreciate as they provide a suitable solution to all types of vehicles, regardless of age or specification.
Bendix DOT 3 and DOT 4 Brake Fluid is suitable for use in ABS or non ABS disc and drum brakes and hydraulic clutch systems in cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles. Bendix DOT 3 Brake Fluid is straw colored while Bendix DOT 4 Brake Fluid is clear in color for ease of identification
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.