How often do you change your brake fluid?

Discussion in 'Prius c Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by bonanzoo, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. bonanzoo

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    One of my struts was leaking fluid, so I ended up just changing both front complete strut assemblies and new brake pads. Should I have my brake fluid change or should I just leave the existing fluid? Do you think that changing the fluid would loosen up at seal and somehow or another mess up the ABS module? I am at 140k. Thanks.
     
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    I would go for it, change the fluid. Toyota Canada recommends tri-yearly or 48K kms brake fluid changes, for all their vehicles. Toyota USA says nothing, as far as I know. To be fair, Toyota Canada just start saying to change it, starting 4~5 years back. Honda Canada's recommended brake fluid change tri-yearly, regardless of mileage, as far back as I can recall.

    If you're planning to get it done by pro's, I'd strongly recommend to stay with a dealership. Phone around for best price, shouldn't be much more than $100.

    Ask that they do a quick test drive after (to verify brake function), and verify all bleed caps are back on.*

    I don't have a Prius c brake-fluid-change-without-Techstream instruction (or any portion of the Prius c Repair Manual). If you're going to DIY I'd recommend to log into Toyota Tech Info, see what they say.

    Hopefully there is a published Techstream-free method, there is for 3rd gen Prius, but not for second gen, fwiw.

    If you HAVE Techstream, that opens up your options more.

    Even though it's not your car, worthwhile to watch @NutzAboutBolts video, doing the the job on a 3rd gen. Links in a thread pinned in the 3rd gen maintenance forum.

    * I've had a dealership (not Toyota) royally mess up a brake fluid change: they left one rear brake inoperative. To add insult to injury, they lost half the bleed valve caps. They heard about it...
     
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    what does your maintenance schedule say? i haven't done mine either
     
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    I couldn’t find it anywhere. I even called Toyota and they said it’s not listed in my maintenance schedule. I guess I’ll have it done. Hopefully all goes well.
     
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    I found a shop that works primarily on Prius’s and he told me $85. He said he had the proper equipment to change it. The dealership all quoted me $130$-$160 :/ let’s hope this all goes well.
     
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    Just had it done last week on the wife’s 2015 with 50k miles. $139 at the local stealership.
     
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    I did my "c" and my Gen3 at the 5 year mark. (about 6 months ago)
    It was sorta easy to DIY it.

    But for $85 done, and done right....I would let them do it :)
    I would probably pay upwards of $150 too.

    I am not sure atm if I will go to the 3 yr interval or maybe just every 5 yr
     
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