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    Golf 1.6 fsi 2006 - brake fluid

    Hi,

    I just bought this car, looks good, works good, but after checking the service book and all the receipts from the previous owners, I realised the brake fluid was never changed... from 2006!
    Now, I know nothing about requirements, except from what I found on the internet. And here comes the questions:
    - how much brake fluid do I need to buy?
    - it's good to use something like FERODO, DOT4, synthetic?
    - I've seen DOT5 or 5.1, is it better to use that?

    I'm trying to put some good stuff in this car, though not the most expensive. This FERODO is not the most expensive and I know the brand. Others, like Castrol, were something like gold!

    Thank you!

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    It is every two years. Use DOT 4 suitable for ABS/ESP systems and you will need at litre.
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    Thank you Crasher. Any thought about that Ferodo, any other recommendation?
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    If the brake fluid has never been changed then use a good DOT 4. DOT 5 and 5.1 have a higher boiling point but you don't mix it with DOT 4.

    There are brake fluid testers on the market if you want to get technical that checks the boiling point of the brake fluid.

    You may need a pressure bleeder if you want to change the brake fluid. The slight problem on older vehicles is releasing the bleed nipple as they can be tight and shear off when you try to undo them.

    VW recommend the brake fluid is replaced every 3 years.
    2010 Golf GTD (170) CBBB, 5 Door, Shadow Blue (P6/D5Q), Transmission Code: KXZ, Flat Tyre Indicator, Basic Protection Pack + VCDS.


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    Great, thank you so much. The job will be done by a garage that is specialised in VW, so I think they know what they're doing.
    I'll have another look on brake fluid offers, prices and will choose something synthetic, DOT4, for ABS/ESP. Will buy 2 litres, just in case.
    Cheers!
    2006 Golf 1.6 FSI

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    Why not just let them supply it?

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    Well, I want to be the one who choose. I did the same with the engine oil (Castrol 5W-30, LL III Edge Professional), all the filters (only MAN). As I said, I can't afford the best, but I want to rely on this car.
    And I've learned some harsh lessons, long time ago.
    I always loved the cars I owned, never had enough money to give them the best. Now, is the same.
    2006 Golf 1.6 FSI

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