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going to service my car today and was wondering if anyone new how to change the brake fluid and whether its easy enough to do with out getting a mechanic to do it? cheers in advance Read More
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
going to service my car today and was wondering if anyone new how to change the brake fluid and whether its easy enough to do with out getting a mechanic to do it?

cheers in advance
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
If you get yourself an brake bleeding gadget it allows you to do it single handed otherwise you will need someone pumping the peddle while you go round opening the bleed valves and topping up the fluid, do all four wheels and by that time you should have cleared the old fluid... halfords for the bleed tube
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mosskeeto
If you get yourself an brake bleeding gadget it allows you to do it single handed otherwise you will need someone pumping the peddle while you go round opening the bleed valves and topping up the fluid, do all four wheels and by that time you should have cleared the old fluid... halfords for the bleed tube


really will the bleed tube have instructions on how to use it?
#3
en_ger_land
really will the bleed tube have instructions on how to use it?


yes it should do, a friend did my brakes last week (bled them) never took long
#4
If you don't know what you are doing, leave well alone, brakes are too important to get wrong.;-)
#5
You certainly do not need a mechanic, any fast-fit technician (i.e. the staff at Kwikfit etc.) should be able to do this job. As above, I would advise against it if you do not know what you are doing. When it comes down to it, your brake fluid is unlikely to cause you any safety issues as it is now, whilst somebody with no experience doing things with it could. It's not a hard task, just a very methodical task.
#6
en_ger_land
really will the bleed tube have instructions on how to use it?


The instructions are on there, it is a simple DIY job, just understand that you do not want air in the pipes only fluid...
If you keep the master cylinder topped up and follow instructions you should be finished in an hour or so...
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I dont understand people that "tinker" with thier cars ! you wouldnt take the back of your TV or the gas boiler !!

I'm a fully trained mechanic & mot tester, not a fast fit "mechanic" & have been doing for it nearly 27 years & ive seen done bad jobs done over the years after a so called "easy job" had been done.

I can guarantee you when i get into work tomorrow we will have cars sat outside the workshop that have been dragged in by either the "weekend" mechanic or breakdown service because someone has had a go at something, that they had thought was a simple fix.!!!!

Brake pads, to me are the easiest thing in the world to fit, but i saw one vehicle were the brake pads had been fitted back to front !!!! the vehicle had been driven for a few miles & the owner realised something was wrong when he heard a grinding noise.

my suggestion is have a word with your local garage to see how much they would charge to change the brake fluid, we use a machine that pressures the system to ensures all the air and old fluid is removed, also if you have an ABS braking system the bleeding procedure is somewhat different on various vehicles
#8
Firstly, go and buy a brake fluid tester - if there is no moisture in the fluid, then leave it alone. Like others have said, if you don't know what you're doing - you will be putting yours and other lives at risk.
#9
I posted on your fuel filter thread last week.

If I were you, I'd change the oil, oil filter, air filter, spark plugs and fuel filter, that is a fair service.

Don't bleed the brakes unless you know exactly what you're doing. You could end up putting your foot to the floor and not stopping.

I appreciate the earlier comments that fitting brake pads is an easy job, and that's why diy folk tend to try it. Garages do tend to overcharge, labour at my local one is £50 + vat per hour.

Even replacing brake pads can end in problems with calipers jamming etc, bleeding older brakes can be impossible should the nipples be rusted on, or you strip the threads and don't have replacements.

I'd leave the brakes to a trusted mechanic.
#10
Shambolic

Garages do tend to overcharge, labour at my local one is £50 + vat per hour.


define overcharge ? £50 ph isnt excessive, we charge £46 ph pretty reasonable id have thought, bearing in mind it has cost a lot of money to put me through college & various training courses over the years, some of which i have paid for myself. Then you have the cost of the equipment & my expertise, we dont have a swanky reception area with sky telly & tea/coffe on tap as main dealers have, but then they are charging £80+ an hour, plus they have a minimum charge which usally starts at 15 mins.

One main dealer in our area charges £6.50 + vat to adjust the headlamps if they fail during an mot, we charge nothing its all down to customer releations.
#11
yep going to take it to a garage where i can get them done for a score
#12
I don trust mechanics anymore - they did my cambelt wrong the other day and damaged my car. NEVER EVER again going to a garage
#13
richp
define overcharge ?


I was meaning that I pay £50 + vat per hour at my local garage at the moment, who are great.;-) The ones that clearly overcharge are the £80+ ones that you later mentioned. I agree with your' posts, that's why I repped your earlier one this morning.:thumbsup:

Still charging £460 per eight hour day though (inc vat), and I doubt if a skilled mechanic earns that much per day?

I once took a car to a branch of Arnold Clark, as I knew the exhaust was blowing and I wanted a quote from them. They put it on the ramps and looked at it for two minutes, I was then presented with a bill for £37 for inspection and told that I needed a complete new exhaust system, which they did not have in stock but could order up for me!!:x

That annoyed me and I refused to pay, however, their policy appeared to be that they would not return my car keys unless I paid up there and then. I paid it, but I would Never return to Arnold Clark again.

A local garage ordered me up a tail pipe and the cars exhaust went fine for a further 18 months!

I think that this is the type of thing that turns the public against garages to be honest.
#14
Shambolic
I was meaning that I pay £50 + vat per hour at my local garage at the moment, who are great.;-) The ones that clearly overcharge are the £80+ ones that you later mentioned. I agree with your' posts, that's why I repped your earlier one this morning.:thumbsup:
:thumbsup:

Still charging £460 per eight hour day though (inc vat), and I doubt if a skilled mechanic earns that much per day?


lol i wish !

I once took a car to a branch of Arnold Clark, as I knew the exhaust was blowing and I wanted a quote from them. They put it on the ramps and looked at it for two minutes, I was then presented with a bill for £37 for inspection and told that I needed a complete new exhaust system, which they did not have in stock but could order up for me!!:x

That annoyed me and I refused to pay, however, their policy appeared to be that they would not return my car keys unless I paid up there and then. I paid it, but I would Never return to Arnold Clark again.

A local garage ordered me up a tail pipe and the cars exhaust went fine for a further 18 months!

I think that this is the type of thing that turns the public against garages to be honest.


yes unfortunatly some of us get tarred with the same brush, i'd like to add though we do make mistakes as well, we hold up our hands & put right our mistakes wether its a warranty problem or a problem caused by ourselves, luckily thoughs are rare. But some customers you just cant please, no matter how much you bend backwards for them.
#15
bargainhunter2009
I don trust mechanics anymore - they did my cambelt wrong the other day and damaged my car. NEVER EVER again going to a garage


Go on... What happened? I have to say i'm fascinated by your 'Saga' :lol:

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