Brake fluid should be replaced every two years due to moisture build up.
This prevents both brake failure under heavy use and corrosion to the brake system.
I have all the CarFax reports on this car, and most of the service notations go something like “performed x-thousand mile maintenance.”
As jbanks has noted, and I’ve seen from videos by FCP euro (35 miles down the coast from me), LegitStreetCars, and elsewhere, I’ve only seen one video where the brakes have been bled and the reservoir topped off after changing pads and rotors.
As jbanks’ post shows, in almost all the videos on the subject, once the pads are out of the calipers, the caliper is tied up out of the way with nylon cable ties or coat hanger wire, and when finished, with new rotors and pads, the calipers are simply re-bolted in place, with no bleeding.
I’m sure brake fluid has a finite life. Is there a way I can tell if the fluid is past its prime — specific gravity, color, anything? It’s always been my supposition that from the brake fluid reservoir to the calipers, it’s a closed system, into which air cannot intrude. Is that wrong?
Thanks for your post.