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162 Reviews

Bak Vag-Tech

Mobile mechanic in Birmingham, 12 years of experience

I began my career with my apprenticeship in Poland before coming to the UK. My first role in the UK was with 4 Cars in Yardley, Birmingham for 7 years before moving across to Whittaker Fleet Care for around ...



23 Reviews

GREASY MONKEYS LTD

Garage in Birmingham, 10 years of experience

10 years experience with level 3 certification. Specializes as auto-electrician and with electric/hybrid vehicles.



476 Reviews

Speedy Repairs Ltd

Mobile mechanic in Birmingham, 20 years of experience

I began my career with Formula 1 Auto Centres as a tyre & exhaust fitter for around 1 year. I wanted to gain my proper qualifications so I studied at college to gain my NVQ Level 2 and 3 and subsequently I...



192 Reviews

Aar Servicing And Accident Repair Group

Garage in Birmingham, 7 years of experience

I studied at City College in Birmingham and received my City & Guilds up to level 3 qualifications, after gaining my qualifications I have worked in the family business called AAR Servicing And Accident Repa...



61 Reviews

Cmg Automotive Ltd

Garage serving Birmingham, 29 years of experience

I started my career with Vauxhall where I completed my apprenticeship & stayed with the business for 7 years. I moved to work in breakdown & roadside recovery for 4 years. I went to another main dealer after...



265 Reviews

Auto Chip Tech

Garage serving Birmingham, 11 years of experience

I worked in Dagenham london 1993-1998 I moved to Manchester and worked at my local garage in South Manchester called Hulme Car Repair for a short time before taking up a post with Star Auto Glass in Manche...



39 Reviews

Iss Motors

Garage serving Birmingham, 38 years of experience

I began my career with Ford where I completed my full apprenticeship and stayed with the business for around 2 years. I worked with VW for 8 years. I have also worked for other brands such as DAF trucks as ...



116 Reviews

Premier Vehicle Services

Mobile mechanic serving Birmingham, 45 years of experience

John owns and runs Premier Vehicle Services. Prior to that began his mechanic career with an apprenticeship in 1970 with a garage in Repton and spent a number of years there before moving on. He worked with ...



205 Reviews

EAST MIDLANDS AUTO

Garage serving Birmingham, 25 years of experience

Hi and Welcome to East Midlands Auto - Highly sought after 'Approved Service & Repair Centre' Renowned for for high Customer Service throughout the car Industry. Offering Main Dealer Service - Not Main Dea...



17 Reviews

Jogia Services

Garage serving Birmingham, 14 years of experience

Hi, my name is Krishan Jogia CAE AMIMI and I am the owner of Jogia Services. I have over 14 years experience of working in the motor trade. I am a qualified MOT Tester and Technician. I started working...



156 Reviews

The Mobile Mechanic Uk

Mobile mechanic serving Birmingham, 30 years of experience

I have worked for some of the UK’s largest names in motor vehicle repair/breakdown sector Establishing my own business in 2005 offering a professional,friendly and reliable mobile service covering most car...



56 Reviews

Unit 21 Clutch Centre And Recovery Services

Garage in Tamworth, 29 years of experience

Whatever attention your vehicle needs, we’re here to help whether you need a bulb replacing to a nationwide recovery we can help. With 30 years experience including training with the AA & RAC we are only to ...



125 Reviews

P J MOTORS

Garage in Hednesford, 20 years of experience

A served mechanic with a background in main-dealerships. 13 years with Ford and an MOT tester for 10 years. Working on all makes and models over the 20 years in the trade.



52 Reviews

New Inns Mot & Service Centre Ltd

Garage in Telford Shropshire, 20 years of experience

I have worked at a Motorsport garage for 15 years our mechanics have experience with your average day cars also high performance vehicles.we have mot testers that have 10 years + experience. At our station w...


Want to learn more about Brake Fluid changes in Birmingham?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What is brake fluid?

Brake fluid is a specifically created hydraulic fluid that is used to transfer the force created by pressing down onto the brake pedal into pushing the brake pads (or shoes) against the brake discs.

What does a brake fluid replacement involve?

  • Mechanic will inspect the brake system.
  • Mechanic will advise if other parts of the brake system need replacing too.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the brake fluid and bleed the air from the system.
  • Mechanic will inspect the brake system and, if deemed safe, test drive the car.

Can you change brake fluid yourself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a brake fluid change is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of bad brake fluid?

  • If you suspect there is any issue with your brake fluid or are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with immediate effect.
  • Whilst there are little outward signs that there is an issue with your brake fluid, you may find that your brakes feel less responsive than they used to.

How long will a brake fluid change take?

A brake fluid change usually takes around 1.5 hours, but can take less or more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should you replace brake fluid?

Usually, brake fluid is only replaced at the time recommended by the manufacturer. However if there has been damage to the brake system and components such as a brake caliper needing replacement, then it's best to have the fluid replaced as well rather than just bleeding the air out the system.

If you overheat the brakes on a regular basis then the fluid will need changing more frequently in order for it to retain its efficiency.

What happens if you don't change the brake fluid?

Brake fluid is hygroscopic and will absorb moisture over time. The ingress of water reduced the fluid resistance to compression and this will make the brakes inefficient. You may notice a reduction in reaction and could even start to experience more brake fade as the water will reduce the boiling point of the fluid.

Therefore the fluid should be replaced every 5 years at least. Whilst you may not notice any reduction in braking ability, it will have been a very gradual decline and therefore not an immediate, noticeable drop off.

If you make heavy use of your brakes, from your driving style or towing a caravan for example, you may find that your brakes will loose their ability to slow the vehicle. This brake fade is due to the fluid’s boiling point being reached and that has a detrimental effect on its hydraulic properties. So, if you notice smoke coming out the wheels after heavy or prolonged braking it’s quite likely the fluid will have been boiled. Even though it will cool down, it will start to absorb more moisture and its efficiency will be reduced.

How can I extend the life of my brake fluid?

As with most parts of your car, the less pressure you put on any part of your car’s brakes, the longer the fluid remains effective. If you carry heavy loads frequently, or tow a caravan for example, your brake system will come under greater pressure than it would otherwise and as such the quality of the fluid may be reduced by the heat being generated. Therefore, removing unnecessary weight from the vehicle will not only improve your fuel consumption, it will also maintain the efficiency of your brake fluid.

Also consider your driving style. Anticipating the road conditions ahead, keeping your speed as constant as possible, and thereby avoiding sharp braking are all likely to lengthen the interval between brake fluid replacements.

Can you drive with bad brake fluid?

If you suspect there is any issue with your brake fluid or are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic immediate effect. Driving with bad brake fluid can impair brake performance and safety, and can be lethal.

Is a brake fluid flush really necessary?

Changing the brake fluid on a regular basis is very important to maintain braking performance. The fluid should be replaced every 5 years at least (or as per the guidelines of your vehicle's manufacturer). Whilst you may not notice any reduction in braking ability, it will have been a very gradual decline and therefore not an immediate, noticeable drop off.

Is it worth changing brake fluid?

Yes, changing the brake fluid periodically is very important to ensure you can continue braking effectively. Brake fluid is hygroscopic and will absorb moisture over time. The ingress of water reduced the fluid resistance to compression and this will make the brakes inefficient. You may notice a reduction in reaction and could even start to experience more brake fade as the water will reduce the boiling point of the fluid.

Changing brake fluid is a routine repair for all mechanics and can be done both kerbside as well as in the workshop, providing it is safe to do so.

Can you bleed car brakes by yourself?

As the brakes are of course a crucial safety feature of your car we recommend a brake bleed is only carried out by a professional mechanic. If you are not sure if your brakes have been bled properly or if you experience any untoward characteristics in your braking, book a diagnostic inspection immediately and do not drive the vehicle.

How long does it take to bleed brakes on a car?

On average it takes under 1 hour to bleed the brakes on a car. Ultimately, the time will depend on a number of factors like the vehicle make and model and type of braking system.

Can you mix old and new brake fluid?

No, you should not mix old and new brake fluid because it will not work as effectively and there is high risk of contamination. The old brake fluid will have lost some of its performance due to general degradation and debris entering the system. Adding new brake fluid will not be able to offset the bad quality of the old fluid and overall the fluid will be contaminated. A professional mechanic or garage will carry out a full fluid flush to clear the old fluid before replacing it with the new liquid.

What are signs of low brake fluid?

Some common signs of low brake fluid include:
* Brake warning light on the dashboard is illuminated
* Unresponsive brake pedal - or it takes longer to brake
* Noisy brakes or brake pads vibrating
* Discoloured brake fluid

Does brake fluid go bad?

Yes, brake fluid does go bad and should be replaced every at least every 5 years at least. If you notice your brakes feel “mushy,” this is usually an indicator that your brake fluid needs to be replaced.

What colour is brake fluid?

New or healthy brake fluid is typically light yellow or amber in colour. As the brake fluid ages, it becomes darker and eventually turns brownish when it has come to the end of its life.

Is dark coloured brake fluid gone bad?

Yes, if you notice the colour of brake fluid has turned brown or black then it is time to replace the brake fluid.

 Is synthetic brake fluid better?

Some experts believe that silicone-based (or widely called synthetic) brake fluid is better because it has a higher boiling point and is less likely to absorb moisture. Others believe that Glycol-based brake fluid gets the job done. It is important to remember that Glycol-based brake fluid is hygroscopic in nature (attracts water) and needs to be changed more often silicone-based brake fluid.

Most cars require DOT4 (Glycol-based) brake fluid but make sure to check the vehicle handbook for the recommended type of brake fluid, it's very important to use the recommended brake fluid for your vehicle.

 Can I flush my own brake fluid?

No, you cannot flush out the brake fluid yourself unless you have the required flushing equipment that professional mechanics utilise.

Is bad brake fluid an MOT failure?

Yes brake fluid contamination can result in an MOT failure ever since the new changes and checks were introduced in May 2018.

Can Birmingham garages offer home collection and delivery for brake fluid change?

Yes, many garages in Birmingham are able to offer collection and delivery for a brake fluid change. With ClickMechanic collection & delivery is free if your vehicle is drivable. Once booked a mechanic will pick up the vehicle on the day and time of your choice, do the work, and return the vehicle at a time convenient to you. Simply enter your vehicle registration number and postcode to get an upfront price for a brake fluid change in Birmingham.

Can Birmingham mobile mechanics do brake fluid change at my home or office?

Yes, Birmingham mobile mechanics can do a brake fluid change at your home or office, provided there is a safe and sufficient space to conduct the repair or replacement. With ClickMechanic, once booked for a date and time of your choice, your booking will be offered to vetted mobile mechanics in your area.

How much does a Brake Fluid change cost in Birmingham?

The average cost of a Brake Fluid change in Birmingham is on average between £39 and £49. Ultimately the cost for a Brake Fluid change in Birmingham depends on the make and model of your car. Check out the ClickMechanic price below, and find out what you'd pay at a franchise dealer in Birmingham. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying.

These estimates may include Brake fluid, Brake fluid, Brake fluid, Brake fluid reservoir and/or Brake hydraulic fluid. We have quotes for the top 52 manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£45 £85 - £108 Get exact price

Audi

£48 £78 - £120 Get exact price

Austin

£31 £64 - £71 Get exact price

Bentley

£51 £115 - £115 Get exact price

BMW

£62 £110 - £149 Get exact price

Cadillac

£28 £60 - £60 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£44 £74 - £109 Get exact price

Chrysler

£31 £58 - £77 Get exact price

Citroen

£41 £70 - £110 Get exact price

Dacia

£51 £95 - £107 Get exact price

Daewoo

£56 £127 - £127 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£39 £72 - £102 Get exact price

Dodge

£33 £48 - £98 Get exact price

Fiat

£50 £85 - £121 Get exact price

Ford

£49 £90 - £118 Get exact price

Honda

£49 £91 - £121 Get exact price

Hyundai

£54 £93 - £129 Get exact price

Infiniti

£46 £98 - £101 Get exact price

Isuzu

£48 £95 - £117 Get exact price

Iveco

£37 £82 - £82 Get exact price

Jaguar

£41 £68 - £111 Get exact price

Jeep

£36 £60 - £100 Get exact price

Kia

£48 £79 - £125 Get exact price

Lancia

£43 £98 - £98 Get exact price

Land Rover

£39 £61 - £106 Get exact price

LDV

£41 £91 - £92 Get exact price

Lexus

£45 £87 - £118 Get exact price

Mazda

£47 £78 - £112 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£49 £80 - £132 Get exact price

MG

£37 £61 - £100 Get exact price

MINI

£52 £104 - £122 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£35 £53 - £92 Get exact price

Nissan

£48 £87 - £117 Get exact price

Perodua

£71 £161 - £161 Get exact price

Peugeot

£44 £81 - £111 Get exact price

Peugeot Talbot

£41 £88 - £98 Get exact price

Porsche

£47 £89 - £118 Get exact price

Proton

£33 £51 - £92 Get exact price

Renault

£45 £82 - £112 Get exact price

Rover

£42 £74 - £110 Get exact price

Saab

£27 £48 - £57 Get exact price

SEAT

£48 £84 - £119 Get exact price

Skoda

£46 £76 - £114 Get exact price

Smart

£56 £103 - £153 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£39 £82 - £91 Get exact price

Subaru

£35 £51 - £101 Get exact price

Suzuki

£50 £83 - £123 Get exact price

Toyota

£62 £117 - £143 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£44 £69 - £116 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£48 £87 - £117 Get exact price

Volvo

£44 £77 - £113 Get exact price

Yugo

£43 £93 - £95 Get exact price

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  • Morgan
  • Buick
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  • Pontiac
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  • DS
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Daimler
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Aston Martin
  • Lada
  • Lotus
  • Maserati
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a brake fluid change, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Brake Fluid change quotes in Birmingham

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£80.56

Brake fluid change

SEAT Alhambra
Birmingham
£80.56

Brake fluid change

Lexus IS 220d
Birmingham
£80.56

Brake fluid change

Ford Transit Custom
Birmingham
£54.56

Bleed Hydraulic brake system

Volkswagen Golf
Birmingham