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Old 12-06-2007, 10:45 PM
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hey people i have to top up my brake fluid, where and how do i get to it????
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:40 AM
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no one knows how to top up their brake fluid????
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:46 PM
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In the engine compartment, under the driver's side windshield wiper.
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Old 12-07-2007, 01:31 PM
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It's got a yellow cap.

But you shouldn't top it up; you should flush the system, and you should bleed all 4 corners, and the clutch if you have one.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:09 PM
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anyone has any pics of this...how to bleed and fill up the brake fluid
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:52 AM
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you are going to use the VW fluid!
I topped mine off, no problems. but check your manual first.
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Old 12-17-2007, 02:20 AM
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It's got a yellow cap.

But you shouldn't top it up; you should flush the system, and you should bleed all 4 corners, and the clutch if you have one.
Agreed. Topping it up implies you've got a bottle of it open somewhere for the purpose of "topping it up"... and if you don't, you soon will.

But the problem with this is that brake fluid is hygroscopic - in effect, it absorbs water from the atmosphere. Water in a hydraulic system (especially one as important as your braking system) is a real ugly thing.

Instead of topping up, always buy a new container of brake fluid and flush the whole system properly each time you need to (or every two years, whichever comes first.) You then discard the remaining unused (new) and old brake fluid at your local recyclers or hazardous waste facility.

Keeping your brake system clean (with new fluid properly flushed each time) will reward your ownership with fewer brake system repairs or perhaps failures.
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1) Is there a specific type of brake fluid that Beetles require?

2) Can someone who has never done this before do it?

3) How does one "bleed" all four corners?

4) How costly is this to do at a mechanic's?

5) Where does one go to get proper brake fluid?
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proper brake fluid is available at your local auto parts store.

buy yourself 2 litres of the valvoline Dot 3/4 synthetic NOT DOT 5!

there is an excellent how to here posted by myself in a thread started by silverspeedbuggy do a search!

EDIT! found it! http://www.newbeetle.org/forums/show...ht=brake+fluid

You will want to bleed 400ml of fluid from EACH CORNER plus about 300 from the clutch, hence the need for 2 litres of fluid.

depending on what year your car is 2001+ you bleed the fronts first DSF PSF DSR PSR then clutch

older than 2001, you bleed the back first PSR DSR PSF DSF then clutch.

this is because 2001 was a transition year where they changed the ABS pump to a different system and that is what causes the change in the procedure.

if you have a 2001, you need to know what ABS pump you have to determine which procedure to do MK20 or MK60

TDICLUB.com has excellent posts describing the differences visually in the two systems so all you need to do is take a look at the pump to identify it. search for MK20 or MK60 there.



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The brake fluid is DOT 4 which is much the same as most cars use...but it must be DOT 4. All auto spares shops should carry it.
As to whether you can perform a fluid change yourself is only something you can answer ....but then everyone had to do it the "first time" themselves.
My advice FWIW is to do a bit of research on bleeding/changing the brake fluid. Do this via GOOGLE or at your library or on this forum - that way you will have a pretty good idea of what you are doing and why.
The New Beetle brake system is conventional so there are no special tools needed other than those you would require on a more common car.
In Australia to do a brake fluid change would be about $AUD200 - 300 .
But please don't attempt this if you are unsure - brakes are vital and must always be 100%.
Good Luck.
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