brake fluid

noun Automotive.
the fluid used in a brake system to transmit pressure from the brake pedal to the pistons at each wheel, producing the braking action.
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brake fluid
 
n
an oily liquid used to transmit pressure in a hydraulic brake or clutch system

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Depending on the model, they may not use brake fluid, either.
Or brake fluid, which smells funky when it goes bad.
Make sure the tires have plenty of tread and that your brake fluid reservoir is
  filled.
We've been getting more and more letters and e-mails questioning the need for
  brake fluid replacement.
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