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Brake Fluid Replacement, What, Where, How, When

Automotive experts agree that Brake Fluid should be changed regularly as a part of normal routine service. Not all manufacturers mention Brake Fluid in their scheduled maintenance recommendations, those that do, recommend fresh Brake Fluid approximately every 2 years or 24,000 miles, your motorhome probably cover less than 12,000 miles per year, so when was the last time your motorhome benefitted from some new Brake Fluid?

The tech bit…

Brake Fluid is a safety-critical subject, how important are the people onboard your vehicle? Most people don’t know why Brake Fluid should be changed, well Brake Fluid is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs moisture from the atmosphere, why is that of interest I hear you ask… well, the water travels around your brake system and causes a few problems. The first and probably most worrying is the loss of Brakes! When the moisture in the fluid is heated it turns to steam (a gas), this happens in the areas where your Brakes get hot, how hot do your front brakes get? Have you seen Brakes glowing red after a long downhill journey, it’s usually after a hill or a journey where you have been using your brakes, steam in the Brake Fluid means your Brake pedal becomes spongy, as you are compressing a gas (steam) rather than a fluid.

In addition, over time the moisture can cause internal corrosion in the Brake lines, callipers, the master cylinder and other components. Brake Fluid is responsible for moving the various components of your vehicle’s braking system.  If you drive 10,000 miles a year you will apply the brakes about 75,000 times a year! Best you have

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