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What is a Brake & Clutch Fluid Changes service?

Lube Stop’s Brake & Clutch Fluid Changes service is the replacement of the Brake & Clutch Fluid that your vehicle uses to stop or shift gears when you press the brake or clutch.  Clutch and brake fluid are the same fluid with different applications.  They are both used as a medium to transfer hydraulic power.

If your brake and clutch fluid is dirty or contaminated, it doesn’t circulate as well as it should.  That’s why you have it changed or flushed.

Lube Stop provides this service as needed.  To determine if it is needed, we look for signs that the fluid is dirty or contaminated.  So, a visual inspection to detect pollutants or leaking is done.  Following that, Lube Stop also inspects for difficulty braking or shifting and abnormal pedal behaviour.  If they are present, we recommend replacing the fluid to the customer.  If the customer agrees, then we proceed with the Brake & Clutch Fluid Changes or Flush service.

So, always bring any indicators of trouble to the attention of our Lube Stop technicians.  These include signs of leaking fluid, difficulty shifting, difficulty braking or other odd pedal behaviours.  From there, we will trouble shoot and determine if you need to change or flush your fluid.

We do all this so you can enjoy the benefits of the reliable clutch and brake capabilities.

What is brake and clutch fluid for?

Clutch and brake fluid are both the same fluid, but they are both stored in different places for different purposes.  When you press the brake pedal, fluid flows through and pushes the brake piston and callipers onto the disc, employing the brakes.  When you press your clutch pedal, fluid flows from the clutch’s master cylinder to its slave cylinder.  You are then able to change gears because the pressure from this fluid engages the clutch.

Brake fluid is checked through the opening to the brake fluid reservoir tank.  It is usually located near the back of the engine compartment.  Lube Stop technicians are careful not to open this tank before cleaning the outside to prevent dirt from getting into it.  To open the reservoir they unscrew the cap.  They then look inside to see where the fluid level is.  It should be within about a half-inch of the cap.  If it isn’t and it’s not dirty, they’ll top it off.  The condition of this fluid is tested by Lube Stop technicians using their patented in-house fluid testing kits.  When it is found to be dirty or even just low, they will be sure to take this up with you before you leave.  This gives you the chance to address it right away or to leave it for the next time depending on what the technician has determined the urgency is.

The clutch fluid is the same as brake fluid.  You just add brake fluid to the clutch master cylinder. There’s no such thing individual clutch fluid.  It’s not available at all since brake fluid is used both in hydraulic brake and hydraulic clutch.

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Why Do I Need a Brake & Clutch Fluid Changes service?

The Brake & Clutch Fluid Changes service is the replacement, changing or flushing of your vehicle’s brake and clutch fluid.  You need to do this so that your vehicle can continue to shift gears and brake smoothly.  Clean fluid helps your vehicle’s braking system deliver lots of benefits.  For example, it allows for reduced internal damage, safe braking, and smooth gear shifting.

We do these fluid changes so that our customers can avoid problems with their car, truck, or SUV.  The fluid is an important maintenance item responsible for ensuring your engine works well and the brake and clutch system does not fail.  This is because when fluid is clean it does its job better.  For example, it protects the vehicle from contaminants that can cause major damage to the brake and clutch systems.

So, it is fair to conclude that dirty, contaminated brake and clutch fluid is NOT something you want to ignore.

That’s why we check the brake and clutch fluid every visit.  We need to make sure that it is clean and functioning as it should.  We understand that it costs a little in the short run to change this fluid out.  But it saves a lot in the long run.

How Often Do I Need It?

The fluid should be checked each time you have service with Lube Stop.  And, of course, we should check it anytime you have observed issues.  Your owner’s manual will also advise you to do it at various intervals.  Please check your manual.

Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice.  We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition.  This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck, or SUV as it stands, today.  That is because it removes the guess work.  Learn more about this system below.

Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?

Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area.  These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.

Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?

Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.

  • Blackfalds, Alberta
  • Clive, Alberta
  • Bentley, Alberta
  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • Ponoka, Alberta
  • Millet, Alberta
  • Rimbey, Alberta
  • Alix, Alberta
  • Penhold, Alberta
  • Benalto, Alberta
  • Hobbema, Alberta
  • Delburne, AB
  • Bluffton, Alberta
  • Innisfail, Alberta
  • Lousana, Alberta
  • Bashaw, Alberta
  • Leslieville, Alberta
  • Wetaskiwin, Alberta
  • Stettler, Alberta

Context for these Services

Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine.  This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything.  This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.

In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine.  The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors, and nozzles.  This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.

Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.  Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.

  • combustion chamber
  • cylinder head
  • camshaft
  • set of spark plugs
  • valvetrain
  • valves
  • rocker arms
  • pushrods
  • lifters
  • fuel injectors
  • pistons
  • connecting rods
  • engine block
  • crankcase
  • crankshaft
  • timing system
  • timing chain

All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle.  Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers.  So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.

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