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    £124 reasonable? Depends on how much time was spent on the job, and how much for parts.
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    Car brakes should be bled at least every two years IMO.

    Defo sounds like Ports needs to get his hands dirty on some of these jobs.
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    Posh people don't get their hands dirty

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    Car brake fluid needs generally changing every 2 years. It is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water and eventually turns yellow/black. The effect of this is boiling of the brake fluid at the callipers, and reduced braking effect. So yes, I would change brake fluid every 2 years. Brakes are a safety item.

    It is unlikely they would bend the pads, much more likely the discs were bent and required straightening. You would probably want to remove it to do this properly. Not a good idea, as they are hardened and will stress/crack I would have thought ?

    I do my own bike maintenance out of necessity, I cannot be without the bike for several days, and cannot be doing with the hassle of taking it to the LBS unless absolutely necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibbo68 View Post
    You should never have to bleed Brakes.
    However some are crap and need constant attention and others are fit and Forget.
    My Hope M4s we’re in various MTB builds 2010-17 and I never touched them. Avids(Avoids) are another story.
    My daughter's 10 year old hybrid has Avid disc brakes and they've never needed attention. Admittedly the bike is rarely used now and mostly stands motionless in the shed but I try the brakes every now and gain and they seen as good as new.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gasper View Post
    Car brake fluid needs generally changing every 2 years. It is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water and eventually turns yellow/black. The effect of this is boiling of the brake fluid at the callipers, and reduced braking effect. So yes, I would change brake fluid every 2 years. Brakes are a safety item.

    It is unlikely they would bend the pads, much more likely the discs were bent and required straightening. You would probably want to remove it to do this properly. Not a good idea, as they are hardening and will stress/crack I would have thought ?

    I do my own bike maintenance out of necessity, I cannot be without the bike for several days, and cannot be doing with the hassle of taking it to the LBS unless absolutely necessary.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    With my Skoda, because I do such low mileage (33k miles just coming up for 4 years), the service interval is slow coming round. Skoda recommended having the brake fluid changed every 3 years so, as most of my high mileage is doing long drives to the Alps in the winter - not a good time for the brakes to fade, I got it changed earlier this year even though the service indicator is still not calling me in! £34 at the local VAG specialist (not a dealer) - not worth going to bother doing it myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasper View Post
    It is unlikely they would bend the pads, much more likely the discs were bent and required straightening. You would probably want to remove it to do this properly. Not a good idea, as they are hardened and will stress/crack I would have thought ?
    Simple job to straighten and can easily be done with the rotor and the wheel on the bike.I’ve done it numerous times out on the trail.200mm MTB rotors warp/bend quite easily if hit by a rock etc!
    All you need is a small adjustable spanner.I’ve seen mechanics at my LBS use the same method.
    Last edited by ibbo68; 9th July 2018 at 9:48 PM.

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