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      Recommended Maintenance - Brake Fluid Flush

      I need to understand how to interpret Volvo's Service and Maintenance recommendation for brake fluid replacement.

      The official Volvo guideline for late model XC70s is: "Recommended to replace every 3 years or 40,000 miles (if driven in mountainous areas or humid climates - every one year) AT OWNER'S REQUEST." That last bit, AT OWNER'S REQUEST, is driving me nuts. Is the suggestion to replace at 3 years subject to the discretion of the owner? Or, is there some other interpretation? Perhaps the text was edited incorrectly. Should it read: "Recommended to replace every 3 years or 40,000 miles (if driven in mountainous areas or humid climates - every one year at owner's request)?

      I called Volvo Customer Service and received no clarification from the rep. Even though I exclaimed "Volvo WROTE the damn manual!", the rep explained she could not comment on anything technical. She referred me to the dealer service manager. Only problem is, the service manager didn't write the manual either.

      What's the big deal? Just change the fluid at least every 3 years ...

      Well policy matters when it's suddenly an issue of warranty compliance or when it's an issue of a dealer meeting an obligation. For example, a dealer is required to perform all maintenance specified by the maintenance schedule for any vehicle sold as CPO. In both cases the maintenance guideline needs to be clear. To me, it isn't.

      Anyone have a different take on this??

      Rich

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      Change it when the moisture content reaches 3%. That is what I was told by a Volvo mechanic on this board. You can buy a moisture content pen for just a few $$

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      Change it every 3 years or 40,000 miles.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tech View Post
      Change it every 3 years or 40,000 miles.
      Understood. That is good practice and what I have always done.

      I know I sound like I'm beating a dead horse here. My question is what does the friggin' OFFICIAL VOLVO manual telling me to do?

      In other words, IF I wanted to follow the manufacturer's guidelines perfectly AND I read the sentence: Recommended to replace every 3 years or 40,000 miles (if driven in mountainous areas or humid climates - every one year) AT OWNER'S REQUEST, what is Volvo telling me to do?

      Any lawyers out there?

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      I think you're overanalyzing it.

      For cars with prepaid maintenance, it includes a brake fluid flush at the 40k service. Without prepaid service, it is still part of a 40k service.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tech View Post
      I think you're overanalyzing it.
      I don't disagree. I'm looking at purchasing a CPO car - low miles but well past 3 years old. CPO checklist indicates vehicles need to be current with maintenance. This one hasn't had the brake fluid flush. Just trying to get at Volvo policy here - thanks!!

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      The dealer I work for would do the flush in this case, or I don't sign the CPO paperwork.

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      Wish that were true everywhere!!

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      Tell them you're not buying it unless they do it. The pollen filter and air filter are also due at 40k, so have them do those too.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tech View Post
      I think you're overanalyzing it.

      For cars with prepaid maintenance, it includes a brake fluid flush at the 40k service. Without prepaid service, it is still part of a 40k service.
      Agree. All of the dealers that I've used over the years AUTOMATICALLY do the brake fluid flush at the recommended interval anyway.
      2009 XC 70 T6. Electric Silver / Anthracite. Premium and Climate.

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      Tech ... I PM'd you with another question I have - if you have the time.

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