Brake fluid is hydroscpoic; that is, it absorbs moisture. Moisture
"may" cause rust in your brake system.
My 2012 Honda Pilot manual specifies 3 year fluid replacements as
well. It's a simple job to do so I will comply. That said, my 2002
Toyota Sienna has never had the fluid changed.
Some folks advise to use a fresh unopened can of fluid when doing the
job. An open can that has been sitting around will have picked up
I don't really know what a brake flush is but my manual uses the term
"flush" in a specific instance: Quote "Using any non-Honda brake fluid
can cause corrosion and decrease the life of the system. Have the
brake system flushed and refilled with Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid
DOT 3 as soon as possible" end quote. Good luck with that Honda.
I think you don't want to spend the money unless you need to, and are
afraid the dealer is trying to take you for a ride.
Honda specifies a brake-fluid change every 3 years. It is a very good idea
to adhere to Honda's schedule. The schedule is in the Owner's Manual, which
you probably no longer have.
The dealer is NOT "Honda". When I say "Honda" I mean the company that
designed and built the car. The company that sells and services the car has
no connection to Honda other than having bought a license to fly their
Get it done. By the dealer.
it has little to do with the complexity of the operation, it's about the
equipment available, and not making things worse by ASSUMING every car
is like a 1972 Ford truck, (or whatever), and doing it how "grandpa
showed me" instead of knowing the correct procedure for your car.
Honda dealerships are expensive. When they sell them Honda representatives
can say "Look, we tell the buyers to get the brake fluid changed every three
years as well as throw in a bunch of other earners... Yeah, I know, but
it'll be a regular income for you on top of the retail margin and you'll
re-coup the cost of buying the franchise that much more quickly."
"Humans will have advanced a long, long, way when religious belief has a
*Without* knowing what the owner's manual says?
"My doctor says my cholesterol is high and that I need to cut way down
on red meat and animal fat in general. Do I really have to? Does
anyone have an opinion?"
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