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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.
Cars burn, leak and otherwise dispense of their oil. Check your level frequently and top up when necessary2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon
See how to seal up minor power steering fluid leaks2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon
If your car is leaking a small amount of power steering fluid - see this video on how to fix the leak2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon
Did you know that heat is worse for your battery than cold? Replace it every 4 years2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon
Do you ever get into your friend's car and notice a bad smell? A dirty cabin air filter could be the culprit2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon
If your battery has green or white cruddy deposits, it is probably not getting enough juice from and will likely wear out sooner2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 2.8L V6 Wagon