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Topping up Brake Fluid...

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' started by Chucks, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. Hi All,

    Do I have to bleed the brakes if I am just topping up the brake fluid?

    I understand you need to do it when replacing the brake fluid, but I just want to add some till it goes in for a service.


  2. I wouldn't have thought so - well I never have...
  3. No, though you shouldnt realy be loosing brake fluid.

    If you dont know whats in there its best to flush out the old stuff.
  4. Hell no.

    Bleeding brakes is my pet hate
  5. If there is no leaks and the fluid is getting low, i'd be more inclined to check and perhaps change the brake pads before any topping up, low fluid / no leaks is a dead givaway :) seeing as: as the pads wear the fluid level must drop to compensate for the extra travel as the pads wear.

  6. Thanks for the advice all.


  7. And of course if you top up th fluid, then discover you need new pads, pushing back the pistons to make room for the new pads pushes fluid back up to the reservoir. If it hadn't been leaking, it can overflow all over your paintwork. :(