Brake Fluid Change

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NitramA
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Brake Fluid Change

Post by NitramA » Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:30 pm

Just booked my car in for its second service.
It’s on a 3 year maintenance plan but was surprised when the dealer said it’s recommended that the brake fluid is changed at 2 years and it’s not Included in the plan. (She said it was in the small print of the contract)
They’ve offered to relieve me of £89.99 to do it.
Anyone else had experience of this?

Dermottdog
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Re: Brake Fluid Change

Post by Dermottdog » Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:40 pm

I’ve got a five year service plan and I’d expect to pay when my 2nd service is due. Used to happen when I had my Mini JCW serviced too. It would seem all manufactures have cottoned on to this little money spinner. They justify it because brake fluid absorbs water. When I was a motor mechanic many, many years ago, it never got changed.
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72 dudes
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Re: Brake Fluid Change

Post by 72 dudes » Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:04 pm

A money spinner indeed.

Politely decline it or better still get them to test the water content of the brake fluid.

My two non XC40 cars are older Mercedes Benz, an A Class CDi180 and an a pampered SLK 350. Both go to an independent Mercedes specialist for servicing and every year he tests the brake fluid for water content.

It hasn't needed doing in either in 6 years although I admittedly don't do many miles in either.

Brake fluid does degrade over time but every two years is a bit over the top.

I bet that if the fluid change was included in the servicing package, it would miraculously become recommended every 5 years.
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Re: Brake Fluid Change

Post by fisherman » Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:06 pm

My present car, an Evoque, had to have the brake fluid changed when 2 years old. Probobly didnt need it.
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Re: Brake Fluid Change

Post by Dermottdog » Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:11 pm

I think they have everyone by the short and curlys.
If you ask the question online, the overwhelming response is 2 years🙄
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PC40
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Re: Brake Fluid Change

Post by PC40 » Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:21 pm

My car had its two year service 6 months ago just before everything changed and lockdown started.
No mention was made regarding the brake fluid, but the rear brake pads did require replacement after 22,000 miles
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Re: Brake Fluid Change

Post by mss911 » Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:58 am

Two year service completed yesterday with the same "recommended brake fluid change" & not part of of the service plan message.

Must say the dealer wasn't really clear if/what/when this should be done or not & it felt like I was getting the fast food "supersize" option sales patter along with an imminent brake pad change requited in the near future. I did ask if fluid change decision this would effect the warranty - they couldn't shed any light on at all & moved the conversation on.

Did come away thinking the dealer wasn't 100% sold on the whole thing :?

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Re: Brake Fluid Change

Post by TrevG » Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:21 am

Just had my car in for second year service I waited at the dealership for the car half way through the mechanic came to ask if I wanted the brake fluid changed I asked what the % moisture content was 1% was the reply I then asked at what % is is important to have the fluid changed 4% was the reply so I declined the offer £69 was the fluid change price .
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72 dudes
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Re: Brake Fluid Change

Post by 72 dudes » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:33 pm

Well done Trevor, no point in spending more than you need to.
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Re: Brake Fluid Change

Post by ACertainAge » Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:39 am

I had a bit of a result on my second service. When i booked in by phone, they said brake fluid and a filter were recommended to be changed, to which I agreed. A few days later I decided not to have them done, and phoned to advise them. When I collected the car, the receptionist said what was due for the fluid change and filter (I'm on a service plan) I explained I had subsequently phoned to cancel and the lady checked the computer and said yes, and no charge due. A very pleasant attitude with no attempt to get me to even contribute. Mind you, this is Donalds of Ipswich, who I cannot praise enough for their attitude and workmanship.

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