How Often Should Brake Fluid Be Changed?

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Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that is used in automotive braking systems. The most often used brake fluids on the market today are glycol-ether based. However, mineral oil based brake fluid is available as well.

The brake fluids used in the United States must meet certain requirements set by government organizations, such as The Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT has its own classifications for brake fluid, based on the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The DOT follows the SAE recommendations but also keeps in context local details, such as the temperature and humidity. With this in mind, it makes sense to hear the terms "DOT 3" and "DOT 4" when referencing brake fluid for a vehicle. Different types of brake fluid should not be mixed. The vehicle’s user manual will specify which type of brake fluid should be used.

The usual measurement of how long something lasts on a vehicle is measured in miles traveled. So when determining how often brake fluid should be changed, it is important to know how many miles have been traveled since the last brake fluid change. However, there is no standard that can be applied to all vehicles. Some companies may suggest as few as 20,000 miles while some will suggest that the vehicle may travel up to 150,000 miles before changing the brake fluid. Owners should consult the vehicle’s user manual, or a licensed mechanic, to determine if the brake fluid needs to be changed.

Brake fluid may need to be changed outside of the regular maintenance schedule, such as if moisture has gotten into the braking system, or if the brakes become sloppy or lock up. A licensed mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can help correctly diagnose braking issues, at the convenience of your home or office.


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Jose

8 years of experience
33 reviews
Jose
8 years of experience
BMW 325i - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Redwood City, California
I had a few mechanics from YM and _all_ of them arrived late (some even 2 hours late) , but not Jose! He arrived right on time! I gave him the keys and let him do his job. I am a curious person so I asked him a few questions about his techniques and he had no problem answering them all with detailed explanations! He did run into a problem on my car because of stripped bolts, but he literally went above and beyond and found a way to remove it. Best mechanic ever.
Lexus CT200h - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - South San Francisco, California
Jose was on time and did a great job on my brakes. He was friendly and explained the entire process. Would highly recommend.

Augustine

11 years of experience
35 reviews
Augustine
11 years of experience
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Augustine was amazing. He was the perfect example of customer service all around. While he was working, I was recommending him to my neighbors. Next time I need work, I will be requesting Augustine specifically!!!!! Please give him a raise or bonus!!!
Toyota Corolla - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mr. Sanchez showed up on time and finished replacing my rotors and break pads. He was very informative and treats your car like his own. He was very time efficient and communicated very well. I highly recommend Mr. Sanchez’s services!!!!

John

26 years of experience
552 reviews
John
26 years of experience
GMC Yukon XL 1500 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - League City, Texas
I am so happy John is back. I trust him very much. He is efficient and has a tremendous amount of mechanical knowledge. He is a true asset to Your Mechanic.
Ford F-150 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Alvin, Texas
I like John because he is very knowledgeable about all my vehicles. In addition he is very organized regarding how he performs his work.

Wesley

8 years of experience
45 reviews
Wesley
8 years of experience
Dodge Nitro - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Peoria, Arizona
Great experience. Very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Highly recommended and will continue to use for future work.

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