How often should you replace your car's break fluid?
How often should brake fluid be replaced? Dewald Ranft, chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (Miwa), an associate body of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI), says this is a common question customers ask their South Africa’s new vehicle industry is forecast to grow just under one per cent in 2018, according to WesBank, the country’s leading vehicle finance provider. WesBank CEO workshop mechanics.
The braking system of the vehicle remains one of the most overlooked systems in the vehicle and can be one of the most critical too. Ranft explains that brake fluid is essential for a Chris de Kock delivered the bank’s view of the market and new vehicle sales forecast at the 2018 SAGMJ Car of the Year awards ceremony in Midrand last week.
“While the recent positive sentiments about South Africa’s economy will impact the automotive industry, this will take time to generate material growth. However, new vehicle sales are expected to see moderate growth this year,” said De Kock. “The economic challenges faced in SA are structural in nature, and will take an extended period of time to correct. The positive sentiment brought about by the recent political changes is a good place to start and we are confident that this will lead to greater economic investment and improved growth prospects for the country.” Dealer sales account for 80% of total sales in South Africa and are a key indicator of car’s brakes to work properly.
Over time, brake fluid can absorb moisture from the atmosphere, which reduces its boiling point and therefore its effectiveness. This moisture absorption also compromises the integrity of the brake system components such as the rubber seals and the Anti-lock Braking the total market outlook. WesBank expects a modest increase of 3% in the dealer segment, driven mainly by passenger cars sales. This growth will be influenced not only by the improved sentiment, but also a reduction in interest rates and a stronger rand that impacts positively on vehicle price inflation.
The rental market, which accounts for 13% of total sales, saw unusually high growth in 2017. De Kock forecast that this will be tough to match during the coming year. Additionally, the ongoing drought in the Western Cape continues to take a toll on the rental market’s growth prospects. The Western Cape province accounts for 40% of the South African tourism rental market.
In these challenging conditions, WesBank anticipates a 14,9% decline in rental sales this year.
'The economic challenges faced in SA are structural in nature, and will take an extended period of time to correct.'
“Brake fluid is a vital part of the brake system so customers are right to be concerned about proper maintenance,” he says.
Most brake fluid manufacturers recommend changing brake fluid every 18 months or 60 000km.
Chris de Kock