How to change brake fluid

Brake fluid replacement timing:

Brake fluid should be replaced every 12 to 24 months, depending on the type of fluid selected – even though many professionals advise replacing it every 50,000 km. Over time, brake fluid deteriorates, resulting in reduced performance and efficiency. It should therefore be replaced by new brake fluid.

Procedure to replace brake fluid:

You can follow the tips below to change your brake fluid:

  • Remove the old, dirty fluid from the master cylinder reservoir.
    Use a cheap turkey baster for this.
  • Use a lint-free cloth to wipe out the reservoir.
    Do this only if you can get in there.
  • Pour new brake fluid into the reservoir just until it reaches the “Full” line, replace the cap on the reservoir.
    As you bleed the brakes (which you can find out how to do elsewhere on this site), the new fluid pushes the old fluid out of the system.
    Continue to bleed the brakes until you see clean, clear fluid exiting the bleeder screw.