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Should be fine. Make sure you completely flush your brake fluid every 3 years.
Ok, for now just want to top up as the fluid seems to be below max mark in reservoir, even after getting new pads all around.
 

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Make sure you top it off with fresh fluid. Don’t use fluid from a bottle that’s been opened before. It absorbs water which is why it needs to be flushed every 3 years.
 

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When we had the brake master cylinder repair under warranty extension done @ 60k mi on our 06, they said only use Honda brake fluid. Prior to that we had a flush using DOT3 at a indy shop. Not sure if there’s any truth to that statement.


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...just want to top up as the fluid seems to be below max mark in reservoir, even after getting new pads all around.
The shop would have removed some fluid prior to pushing the pistons back. However, they should have topped it up after the job was done.

Agree with the others, any DOT3 fluid works, and they are all mutually compatible.
 

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When we had the brake master cylinder repair under warranty extension done @ 60k mi on our 06, they said only use Honda brake fluid. Prior to that we had a flush using DOT3 at a indy shop. Not sure if there’s any truth to that statement.


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Of course a Honda dealer is going to say to use Honda fluids. No need to do so however

Another reason to avoid going to dealer for service.
 

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It must be Silicate free . Honda does make a really good silicate free brake fluid!
 

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I think only DOT 5 is silicon based.
DOT 3 and DOT 4 are glycol based. They are compatible with each other. 4 has a higher boiling point than 3. Our Odyssey’s use 3 or 4. Dont use DOT 5. It is not compatible with DOT 3 or 4.
 

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The shop would have removed some fluid prior to pushing the pistons back. However, they should have topped it up after the job was done.

Agree with the others, any DOT3 fluid works, and they are all mutually compatible.
Actually, i did the job myself
 

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Being below the max mark is not an issue. Just keep it between min and max. Better to leave it alone.
After the brake job i felt the brakes are not as responsive as it was before. Have to push rhe pedal a little further. Thought it might be because of low fluid. Thats why first thing i wanted to try was top up the fluid.
 

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First, you might have air in your brake lines. Did you open the brake lines? If not, there should not be air in system.

What type of pads did you use, as some of the more 'sporty' pads, don't feel good until they get hot. This is not a good thing for normal driving.
 

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First, you might have air in your brake lines. Did you open the brake lines? If not, there should not be air in system.

What type of pads did you use, as some of the more 'sporty' pads, don't feel good until they get hot. This is not a good thing for normal driving.
Nope. Didnt open the lines or try to bleed brakes. Just replaced pads and rotors.
No performance parts, raybestos rotors and akebono pads.
 

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It's a good idea to use OEM brake fluid because of this recall on my 2006 Toyota Avalon. Pls read.

Recall Number
10V499000
Recall Date
10/21/2010
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:MASTER CYLINDER
Summary
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2006 AVALON, MODEL YEAR 2004-2006 HIGHLANDER, MODEL YEAR 2004-2006 LEXUS RX, AND MODEL YEAR 2006 LEXUS GS AND IS VEHICLES. BRAKE FLUID CONTAINING POLYMERS IS USED THAT ACTS AS LUBRICANTS FOR CERTAIN BRAKE SYSTEM COMPONENTS. IF REPLACEMENT BRAKE FLUID IS USED THAT DOES NOT CONTAIN SUCH POLYMERS, OR THAT CONTAINS ONLY SMALL AMOUNTS, A PART OF THE RUBBER SEAL LOCATED AT THE REAR OF THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER MAY BECOME DRY, AND THE SEAL MAY CURL DURING MOVEMENT OF THE PISTON. IF THIS OCCURS, A SMALL AMOUNT OF BRAKE FLUID COULD SLOWLY LEAK FROM THE SEAL INTO THE BRAKE BOOSTER.
 

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Consequence
A LEAK OF BRAKE FLUID COULD LEAD TO A CHANGE IN BRAKE PEDAL FEEL AND OVERTIME A DEGRADATION IN BRAKING PERFORMANCE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
What Owners Should Do
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SEAL WITH A NEWLY DESIGNED ONE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 15, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331 AND LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.
 
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