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Checking the brake fluid in your 2004 Volkswagen Passat is easy and should be done once a month. On some Volkswagens, the owners manual suggests pumping the brake pedal 25 times before looking at the fluid level, be sure to check your owners manual to see if this applies to your 2004 Passat. In addition to checking the brake fluid level, you want to look at the color of the brake fluid in your Passat - if it is dark in color or it has been more than 2 years since you have changed it, you should consider having it changed - this will help make the internal components (which are expensive) last much longer.
If you need to add fluid to your Passat, it is important to check your owners manual for the correct type to add - it likely be either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5, also known as silicone brake fluid. Be sure to discard bottles of brake fluid that are over a year old - brake fluid sucks the moisture out of the air and the water vapor in the fluid can quickly rust out the brake lines in your Passat.
One of the easiest fluids to top off - learn how to open the hood and where the reservoir is on your car2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon
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Unlike a waist belt, these usually become looser as they age! Learn how to check it here2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon
Many cars will burn or leak a little bit of oil. Over time, this adds up and you might need to add some - learn how to here!2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon
The rear wiper that you forgot you had until it streaks horrifically on a rainy day? Change it now!2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon
Sure you can take it in for a $19 lube, but are you OK with a stripped oil pan and cheap parts in return?2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon