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      11-08-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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brake fluid : how urgent

The dash is showing a yellow square. I think it's the break fluid, but I'm not sure what needs to be done - Whether it the car needs some more brake fluid or whether I need to flush the system completely.

Is this something that requires immediate attention?

Can anyone reccomend a decent brake fluid?

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      11-09-2012, 03:53 AM   #2
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Is this something that requires immediate attention?


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Only if you want to be able to stop when you want to.

Any DOT 4 fluid will be OK
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The dash is showing a yellow square. I think it's the break fluid, but I'm not sure what needs to be done - Whether it the car needs some more brake fluid or whether I need to flush the system completely.


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First you're best to verify exactly what is service item is being flagged up via the idrive or OBC...

If it is brake fluid (fixed service item every 2 years) then it needs a full flush and new fluid, 2 litres will be enough to flush properly and refill.

Is your car 2, 4 or 6 years old?
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its saying the brake fluid and giving this month as the due date so i would assume its time for the "2 year flush"

shes on a 58 plate so around the 4 year mark then .
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Its just a reminder so you can visit the dealership. They will inspect your pad lining and if they are worn/out of specs they will sell you a brake job. If pads linings are in good condition they will just turn off the reminder light. I have over 80k and have about 70% front and 30% rears, I turned off the reminder with the control stalk. Theres a DIY for that in here or on youtube.
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      11-09-2012, 05:49 AM   #6
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just done all of my pads and stuff i should have done the fluid at the sametime. thank you though
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i went to my local motor factor and there was a lad there who knows some stuff about cars and he said i should use 5.1 pot brake fluid as it has a higher temp rating .

what do you think ?
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Only if your tracking it mate with the risk of boiling the brake fluid. Can't see it being much benefit on the road
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i went to my local motor factor and there was a lad there who knows some stuff about cars and he said i should use 5.1 pot brake fluid as it has a higher temp rating .

what do you think ?
He must know more than BMW
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lol so 4 pot is cool then yeah ?
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p.s im going to act stupid not and ask for a step by step on doing a full brake fluid flush
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ANY IDEAS.?
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