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Old 01-13-2011, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a proper way to do brake fluid checking? are there certain steps in doing this?
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1 - open the hood/bonnet
2 - locate the brake fluid reservoir
3 - if transparent - check the level, make sure it's above minimum, preferably close to the maximum - proceed to #6
4 - if not transparent - remove cap and check fluid - should be close to top of reservoir.
5 - replace cap
6 - close hood/bonnet.

If the fluid is low it can be topped up with the correct fluid from a sealed can - brake fluid is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture) - some folks will recommend against topping up the fluid, as they feel the fluid goes into the calipers as the pads wear (which is true) and when the pads are replaced the fluid will return to the correct level.

I, personally, do not agree with this concept and prefer to top up as required and to release the excess fluid through the bleed nipple when changing the pads - and along with it the debris that accumulates.

Brake fluid should be changed every 3~5 years (check your manual)
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