Dear Doctor: My 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser has 26,000 miles. I went for a routine oil change and was told I should also have a brake fluid flush performed. Why would this need to be done? - Richard
Dear Richard: Brake fluid does attract moisture. At my shop, we recommend that when the brake pads are changed that we also remove brake fluid through the master cylinder fill hole. Compressing the brake calipers pushes the fluid into the reservoir. Flushing the entire hydraulic system should be done when contamination has entered the system. We also check the power steering fluid condition and if it is discolored or has a burned smell we use a suction tool to remove that fluid (never use the steering fluid suction tool to remove brake fluid).
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