What Brake Fluid Can I Use For My Volkswagen, and How Do I Top It Up?

Changing or topping up brake fluid can seem like a minefield of information, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for specifically. As with many aspects of owning a motor car, there are often specific types of fluids or parts needed for particular cars. So what happens if you need some VW Polo brake fluid? Or are there more generic answers to the questions of what brake fluid does VW use, and how often should brake fluid be changed on a VW? Read on as Scrap Car Comparison answers those questions for you.

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Brake fluid reservoir inside an engine bay

Do VWs need specific brake fluid?

It’s not so much that Volkswagens have a specific brake fluid, but more that there are different types of brake fluid for different types of cars. There are two types of brake fluid – glycol or silicone based, and within these are many different ‘DOT’ ratings. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the DOT number, the higher the performance. The most common type of brake fluid used on the roads is DOT4. 

How do you know which brake fluid you need for a Volkswagen

If you pop the bonnet of your Volkswagen and locate the brake fluid reservoir, you’ll notice that on the cap is the recommended type of fluid that you’re going to need. This will more often than not be DOT4, with Volkswagen part number B 000 750 M2.

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What happens if you put the wrong brake fluid in a Volkswagen

Using the wrong brake fluid in your Volkswagen, or any car for that matter, can cause your brakes to lose their effectiveness, and therefore putting you and other road users in danger. You could also cause damage to your braking systems, reducing their responsiveness as a result.

Can I replace my brake fluid myself?

Changing brake fluid is a job that can be done at home, if you know what you’re doing, but you need to make sure you know before getting started. You’ll also need someone to help you, as it’s not a task that can be done single-handedly. 

How often do I need to top up my Volkswagen’s brake fluid?

Brake fluid can lose its effectiveness over time, as it absorbs water which can become contaminated with metal particles. This contamination can reduce the effectiveness of your brakes, meaning you’ll want to keep your fluid in tip-top condition. It’s not something you’ll be needing to do every weekend, though. In fact, most of the time you should be okay to just wait for a brake fluid change every two years.

How to replace your car’s brake fluid

First off you’ll need to drain all of the old fluid out of your car. Once the fluid is drained you’ll need to make sure to give the reservoir a good clean. Next comes the ‘bleeding’ process. Here you’ll need to utilise your friend to press the brake pedal as you move the bleed nipple on the back of the brake calliper. Repeat this process until the air has syphoned through and you see brake fluid entering the system, and this process needs to be repeated for each wheel. This was just a quick crash course, but we’ve talked about changing brake fluid in more detail previously – you can find it all here

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