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30k mile service? Change brake fluid?

When I had my mothers '16 Sorento in last time for an oil change, they asked me if it had the recommended 30k mile service. One thing on there was brake fluid change. I looked closer and in small print it said "dealer recommended". Is this their way of making more $? I have never heard of having to change brake fluid at only 30K. The fluid still looks like new.

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It is how they make money.
I'd change brake fluid every 4 or 3 years depending on climate and driving conditions.
It's easy to do and cheap too, cost me $10 per car with DOT 5.1 fluid doing it myself.
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When I had my mothers '16 Sorento in last time for an oil change, they asked me if it had the recommended 30k mile service. One thing on there was brake fluid change. I looked closer and in small print it said "dealer recommended". Is this their way of making more $? I have never heard of having to change brake fluid at only 30K. The fluid still looks like new.
Make sure that the dealership understand that you're only interested in having the maintenance done as per your owners handbook.

As @dubber09 states, brake fluid change is time interval based, not mileage.

High humidity consider a shorter interval because brake fluid is hygroscopic.

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When I had my mothers '16 Sorento in last time for an oil change, they asked me if it had the recommended 30k mile service. One thing on there was brake fluid change. I looked closer and in small print it said "dealer recommended". Is this their way of making more $? I have never heard of having to change brake fluid at only 30K. The fluid still looks like new.
Completely unnecessary at 30k miles and 3 years. I'd consider changing it in another two years though. Any mechanic can do it for you so there's no reason to pay dealer rates to have it done. I did the brake fluid flush on my 2013 when it hit 5 years. I think it took me a grand total of 30 minutes with a motive power bleeder and a quart of synthetic DOT4 fluid.

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It’s seriously easy as anything. Need a open ended socket, maybe 3/16, 1/4 tubing to not make a mess, empty 20 bottle, some DOT 4, and a buddy.

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C'mon guys ... how the heck do you expect the Service Manager to make his next boat payment if you work it this way?

Honestly - 'dealer recommended' ... tell the dealer to do a proper test of the fluid and get back to you with the results. At LEAST insist that they use the cheap paper test strips before they recommend a brake fluid change. If they're too cheap to invest in the necessary gear to test the fluid, then they have no business recommending its replacement.
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Here's a quick video on how to change your brake fluid with a cheap power bleeder.


And this is the bleeder with the adapter that fits Kia vehicles:

https://www.motiveproducts.com/colle...-3-tab-adapter
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Here's a quick video on how to change your brake fluid with a cheap power bleeder.



And this is the bleeder with the adapter that fits Kia vehicles:

https://www.motiveproducts.com/colle...-3-tab-adapter
I have one just like that which I made myself, and its the best method for brake fluid change out.

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I like this little guy >> https://www.harborfreight.com/mityva...ump-39522.html but available in many places.
It's one of those items that's so good, HF actually buys them in under the original brand. Only wish that the reservoir was a bit bigger.
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I'm surprised it looks new after 30k, but yeah.. I wouldn't touch it if it looks new. Personally, I flush the brake fluid every 30k, but I plan to keep the car for 250-300k miles. If I was only going to keep it for 100-150k, I'd probably flush the brake lines once at 60-75k.
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