I took my 03 in for the normal tire rotation. They called back and said my front breaks are 99% wore and they tested my break fluid with a chemical strip. They mentioned it failed miserably..? I have no issue checking the break pads and replacing pads and rotors. However, I have never heard of testing the break fluid with a chemical strip. Am I to believe the shop and get this done?
I've never tested the fluid myself. Ask them what are they testing for? If it'* for water in the fluid, then I can see doing the test. Not sure what else they would need to test for. Changing the fluid is a easy task. Open the bleeder and pump, add more fluid and pump. Do this for each bleeder. Make sure the reservoir does not go empty.
Got the brakes rotors and fluid all changed. Just did it myself.. $160 vs. $460... No brainer.. I didn't worry about weather or not the fluid test was good. For the few bucks for th fluid I just changed it. Thread closed.
The strip test is supposed to detect the amount of copper that has built up in your brake fluid. Too much can cause damage to your master cylinder, corrode your calipers and break down your metal lines. the strip test basically has these little paper strips that change color when dipped into your break fluid resuvoir. Theres a color match grid on the case that indicate whether or not you have limited copper build up or heavy copper build up.