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Topping brake fluid vs flushing it

SteveBrickNJ

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I stopped at Mr. Tire before arriving here at the Honda Dealership. I was told that if I have never done anything with the rear brakes it is certainly likely at 61,000 miles today new pads will be suggested. Assuming that takes place, should I also 1) Have the brake fluid topped? or pay more and have it flushed/ replaced?
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SteveBrickNJ

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My 2016 Honda Accord does NOT have anti lock brakes. It seems I could request to top the brake fluid. Here us something I found online...
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SteveBrickNJ

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Since I posted my question I was told...they refuse to top it.
They only flush.
Also told it is not needed today.
Needed next time...in another 6,000 miles
I might go somewhere else....get the same service but for less.
 

SteveBrickNJ

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Yes you have ABS antilock brakes.

Yes, I checked. You are correct. This is my wife's car. I drive a Mazda CX-9. I feel the Mazda's brakes are better than the Honda....yet I was wrong when I said the Honda does not have ABS....it DOES have it. Thanks for setting me straight.
 
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Lilofan

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Since I posted my question I was told...they refuse to top it.
They only flush.
Also told it is not needed today.
Needed next time...in another 6,000 miles
I might go somewhere else....get the same service but for less.
Dealer will put Honda factory fluids. Be careful if you go independent mechanic. Maybe ask them to use Honda fluids or ask to see what they are using. Sometimes it is poor quality fluids and not exact spec recommended by Honda. There is a reason why some charge less.
 

King Racoon 77

Bonjour.
Premium Member
Dealer will put Honda factory fluids. Be careful if you go independent mechanic. Maybe ask them to use Honda fluids or ask to see what they are using. Sometimes it is poor quality fluids and not exact spec recommended by Honda. There is a reason why some charge less.
Just because it doesn't say Honda on the bottle doesn't make it an inferior grade fluid. Just makes it cheaper because you aren't paying for the logo.
 

Lilofan

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Just because it doesn't say Honda on the bottle doesn't make it an inferior grade fluid. Just makes it cheaper because you aren't paying for the logo.
I’d be more aware of what spec fluid the independent uses. Use the wrong one and one is going to have issues. Some car makes even state on their book manuals recommending using dealer fluids only.
 

King Racoon 77

Bonjour.
Premium Member
I’d be more aware of what spec fluid the independent uses. Use the wrong one and one is going to have issues. Some car makes even state on their book manuals recommending using dealer fluids only.
A load of bull hockey. dealer only fluids are a myth. They work with the oil manufacturers to get suitable oils.
 

SteveBrickNJ

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I trust a Joe blow mechanic at an independent to put in inferior oils at the wrong spec fluids which has happened to others in my area? No thanks.
Once the 6,000 miles beyond today take place...that will take quite awhile....I will see if this Honda Dealership has another coupon. If so, I will just use them. If no coupon, I have a service manager at Mr. Tire that I have known for years
He will make sure everything is to spec or he will tell me to go to the dealership. I trust him to advise me properly.
 

SteveBrickNJ

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So I just want to say that I appreciate the 2 men who have posted multiple times to help me. It IS a COMFORT to me to have people to be my sounding board on car maintenance topics. Thanks!😎
 

Lilofan

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Once the 6,000 miles beyond today take place...that will take quite awhile....I will see if this Honda Dealership has another coupon. If so, I will just use them. If no coupon, I have a service manager at Mr. Tire that I have known for years
He will make sure everything is to spec or he will tell me to go to the dealership. I trust him to advise me properly.
I’ve asked since I am a regular customer in service and sales at the dealer for 10% off my service bill even for parts. They know me and give it to me the discount. Saving money any which way I can.
 

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