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Old 10-27-2010, 09:02 PM   #1
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Should I replace the brake fluid during the Workhorse Brake recall?

I am finally scheduled for the Workhorse Brake recall work at my local dealer. They are suggesting replacing the existing brake fluid at the same time at a cost of $200. They are also recommending replacing the brake fluid every two years. Does this sound reasonable and does the cost for the service seem to be a fair price?

I know many of you have had this work completed and I would sincerely appreciate your input and advice.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:54 AM   #2
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The caliper kits that are included in the recall come with 1 quart of Dot 3 fluid per 2 calipers. So that means Workhorse is providing you with 2 quarts of Dot 3 fluid.

My Workhorse ASC charged me zero for a brake fluid flush, as that is included in the recall.
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Changing the brake fluid is an often overlooked maintenance item by a lot of folks. One of the functions of brake fluid is to absorb moisture which helps to cut down on corrosion in the brake components. Your coach is fairly new and unless you've got a lot of miles on it I'd be surprised if it's needed. There are test strips available to test brake fluid for condition but your guy is probably just figuring this is a good way to fluff up your invoice. IMO $200.00 for a brake fluid flush and change is exorbitant.
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$200 seems a little high since they will already be bleeding the brakes anyway. A complete system bleed will only take a few more minutes per wheel and a couple of additional quarts of fluid.

That being said, I would absolutely replace the brake fluid. Maybe you can negotiate a better price.

DOT 3 brake fluid absorbs moisture, and moisture in the brake fluid is said to be the primary cause of the current brake problems being experienced by Workhorse owners. The moisture causes the phenolic piston to swell and stick in the bore causing the brakes to drag. The fix consists of new calipers with pistons made from more moisture-resistant material and with the bore diameter increased. Even though this fix should correct the problem, I would still have the shop replace ALL the brake fluid.
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