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Ripped off by dealer?
Posted 22 November 2004 - 01:04 PM
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Posted 22 November 2004 - 01:32 PM
I brought my car in to get the brake fluid changed. Are the Subaru's done differently from other cars? The reason I ask is when I got the car back I checked the bleeder valves & rubber cap and they were not touched. There was still dirt/mud caked on them and there were no signs of any tool being used to open the valves to bleed the lines.
when I called the dealer to ask how they flushed the brake fluid, one dealer told me under his breath that in reality all they do is use a baster and remove all the fluid from the reservoir and replace it with new fluid. Kind of a scatty deal if you ask me.
If you took it in for a bleed/flush then I would be upset, but if you took it in for fluid replacement they may have done just that......but only a partial job for that matter. Id follow the above advice.
Posted 22 November 2004 - 03:11 PM
The whole point in changing the fluid is to make sure there is no moisture inside the lines or wheel cylinders or calipers as this promotes rust or failure.
Now if you are actually having a flush done, are you going to a silicone fluid?
I myself have never changed the brake fluid in a car unless I was doing a system rebuild or converting to silicone.
Is it recommended?
I have seen some of the Instant oil change places change transmission fluid by using suction to siphon it out the dipstick tube instead of pulling the pan. This of course changes the fluid, but what about the filter?
Posted 22 November 2004 - 03:36 PM
Subarus recommended procedure for this is to have one person open the bleeder screw, have an assitant depress the brake pedal, first guy closes the bleed screw, assitant releases pedal, repeat untill fuild comes out clean. This is the abbreviated version, but you get the idea.
So if the dealer doesn't want to pay two techs to properly flush the brake system, or they haven't heard of a vacuum bleeder, then they may very well just be sucking fluid from the reservoir and refilling. If so.........you are getting ripped off, yes.
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