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    Default Brake fluid change price?

    Whilst I was having some software updates, the VX stealer did a health check which included a note saying "brake fluid black in colour". Cost, inc. parts labour & VAT was quoted at £39.18 . The fluid, on closer examination, is actually a darkish brown, NOT black .

    I'm more than capable of doing this but 1) it's cold out there, 2) I have to jack each wheel up and remove it to get to the bleed nipples and 3) I've got to go and buy the fluid.

    TIS200 gives 0.3 hours to change the brake fluid, so at my dealer rates that's £31.80.. This then leaves £7.38 for the fluid. Only advantage of using the stealer is some comback in the event it goes Pete Tong.

    So, if you were me, would you pay the stealer, risk frostbite or leave it till next summer?

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    leave it till the summer lol... brake fluid changes colour very quickly...
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    I replaced the brake fluid in my Signum a few months ago. New brake fluid doesn't look new for long. I'd wait til next summer and invest in an easi-bleed set-up.

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    Assuming it was your 2004 car, when was it last changed?
    When is the next service due?

    I would be more concerned if there was water in the fluid, rather than its colour
    If in doubt bring the service forward and have both done at the same time

    The dealership I use made a slight mistake and overlooked the brake fluid change
    When I asked what the interval was and why it had not been included in the service, "er, oh, your car is now overdue"

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    Quote Originally Posted by plasma View Post
    leave it till the summer lol... brake fluid changes colour very quickly...
    And I've got those lovely blue, soon to be silver, calipers to fit . Just can't be arsed to do anything outside at the moment, so next year it is then.

    Took an hour to change the engine oil today and that was bad enough .

    Looks like this a job for next year then. Thanks for your input .

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Assuming it was your 2004 car, when was it last changed?
    When is the next service due?

    I would be more concerned if there was water in the fluid, rather than its colour
    If in doubt bring the service forward and have both done at the same time

    The dealership I use made a slight mistake and overlooked the brake fluid change
    When I asked what the interval was and why it had not been included in the service, "er, oh, your car is now overdue"
    Car's now at 46k miles and last stamp in the book is at 39k by an indy in Dorchester. Next service is due around the 49-50k mark but, as with any car I've recently accquired, I change the engine oil and fuel filter as a matter of course.

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    Brake fluid changes are time dependent, not mileage
    From memory it is three years, then every two years
    March 2008 (warranty service)
    March 2011
    As above, the most recent was pushing it a bit, but it was their oversight

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    So now I'm thinking of getting it done .

    My two kids want to get me something for Xmas - Santa might well be doing the fluid change then .

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    i have never changed the brake fluid in any car i have owned , my last vectra i had for over 9 years from 18000 miles to 137000 miles passed all the mot's and never changed the brake fluid , my partner just got rid of a 15 year old fiat punto we had owned for over 10 years never bothered with that either , dont you think changing the brake fluid every 2 or 3 years is overkill

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    Quote Originally Posted by markmac21 View Post
    dont you think changing the brake fluid every 2 or 3 years is overkill
    Nope. It becomes hydroscopic over time (absorbs moisture) and although you might not notice the gradual drop off in brake performance, it is happening. If in an emergency you had to slam on the brakes and there was enough moisture content within the fluid then it would boil from the heat transfered from the pads to the calipers and all of a sudden your brakes would just let go.

    I get mine changed every two years - it's not expensive when you consider it's a safety related item. Straight away after it being changed I notice how much sharper the brakes are.

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