Re: Brake Fluid Change (CooknFauVeh)
It has always been a good idea for the above-mentioned reason. With the advent of ABS systems, it has become more of a necessity. The damage that dirt & moisture can do to regular brake components, it can also do to ABS components, & these are very expensive to replace. Alfa began recommending it for this very reason. When they came out with the Verde version of the Milano sedan ('88, I think), they made yearly brake fluid changes mandatory because it came with ABS. I believe it was the first car Alfa offered with ABS.
Anyway, I changed it in my Jetta, & I'll change it in my Passat as well. Get the Motive Products power bleeder. This makes it a snap to do yourself. Mine is one of my favorite tools.