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Old 04-16-2009, 11:22 PM   #1
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When to Replace Brake & Steering Fluids ?

My '04 SVT is just past 95K miles. I'm doing all the maintenance things that a geriatric car probably needs - everything from replacing the transmission fluid to new timing chain and belt.

So how about the minor fluids: brake and power steering? Should I replace these?


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I wouldn't call brake fluid minor. But typically if you flush it twice a year your doing alright. Power steering fluid I would say much less often. Not even sure about that one actually. Is there an interval in the manual?
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ok if you're doing it yourself (and you don't know this) then just make sure that when you flush the brake fluid that you don't top off the cylinder when you're done.... cause then you'll be messing with the sensor.

but you probably already know that, like any responsible person would
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I flushed the steering fluid at 65k miles and it was black and dirty looking. I was surprised how bad it looked. I filled it with Redline Synthetic PS fluid and the steering felt much smoother. I hear people say similar things about flushing brake fluid. Both are worth doing, in my opinion.
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For normal street driving, brake fluid should be changed once a year. I'm betting there's less than 1 in 100 of us that do it (me included). Its important to do it more regularly especially if you are in a humid area. If you participate in autocross or do lapping you must do it far more frequently....like prior to every event.
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I don't think I have ever changed brake fluid on a car, motorcycles are a different story. It is on my list of things to do for this summer.
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