Change That Brake Fluid!!!!
You may have heard that the brake fluid will last the life of your car. Bull shit. I found out some interesting information with stats that drove this point home today.
Honda and one or two other car dealers say to have your brake fluid changed every two years. All the other dealers say that it will last the life of your car. Well, the Bendix answerman keeps files on ABS complaints. For GM, Ford, Chrysler, and the other car dealers who say the fluid will last the life of your car, he has a book filled with hundreds of pages of complaints. For Honda and the couple others who say to change it every two years, there is only about five (yup, only about five) pages of complaints.
If you have a used car and/or plan to keep your car more than just a few years, have your brake fluid changed every two years or 30 thousand miles (whichever comes first). If you don't, you run the real risk of messing up the master cylinder. If you have ABS, the master cylinder can cost a couple of thousand of dollars to replace. It can't be fixed, but must be replaced.
I just thought I would pass on some info that I have learned to all you in hopes that it saves you some big money down the road.