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#1 OFFLINE   Tom

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 10:32 AM

Some automotive experts recommend replacing all fluids on a two year basis due to water buildup -- especially brake fluids.

I checked the owners' manual and could not find a recommendation one way or the other.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   Plus 3 Golfer

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 12:04 PM

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 12:04 PM

Ford doesn't list changing brake fluid as a maintenance item.  Dealers will likely recommend changing it every few years.  Some manufacturers list it and some don't.  

 

If you want "peace of mind", change it.  I haven't changed brake fluid on any cars I've owned since my 1982 MB 300 SD at about 200 k miles.  I don't plan on changing brake fluid any time soon on my C-Max. :)

 

 


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#4 OFFLINE   Tom

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 03:45 PM

Ford doesn't list changing brake fluid as a maintenance item.  Dealers will likely recommend changing it every few years.  Some manufacturers list it and some don't.  

 

If you want "peace of mind", change it.  I haven't changed brake fluid on any cars I've owned since my 1982 MB 300 SD at about 200 k miles.  I don't plan on changing brake fluid any time soon on my C-Max. :)

 

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 06:49 AM

I believe Ford is using DOT 4 fluid now, which I don't think has the same moisture absorbing tendencies as DOT 3. Even on cars with DOT 3 fluid there is a test you can do with a volt meter to quantify if the fluid has absorbed enough moisture to warrant changing.

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 08:50 AM

Here's a brake fluid tester used in this video (for $25 how can one not buy it if one is concerned about whether to change their brake fluid :)).  Note at about 1:37 in the video that the moisture content in the brake fluid of a 10 year old Toyota is still good. A $25 investment might save 5 recommended brake flushes in 10 years. 

 

Here's a link I just found on brake fluid.  Note the various manufacturer's recommendations (or lack there of) on changing brake fluid.   

 

 

 

 

 








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