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Dear Patty, I have a 04 Dodge truck with 60,000 miles. Recently, the brakes failed and it was discovered that the fluid was contaminated. A complete brake replacement was performed. Only one place has done my oil changes and I feel that someone added something incorrectly. The break down was 6 weeks after my last oil change. I am waiting for lab results on what appears to be an oily solution. The oil change place had it tested and said it contained water. Could water cause a complete burn up of the brake system and how would enough water be in there if none was added? I feel the oil change center is at fault but I want to make sure before I accuse them. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you. Kim

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Amy Plant-Lowe, Owner at Plant's Auto Service Kim, If this was the first time you have ever flushed the brake fluid, then it is quite possible that the fluid had water in it. Brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air it is imperative to flush the brake fluid at least every 30,000 miles or sooner if necessary. I would ask why a complete brake replacement was necessary because of water in the brake fluid? Contaminated fluid won't wear on pads or shoes or cause rotors or drums to wear out. The only parts is could effect are the brake master cylinder and brake lines. I would definately start looking for a shop or dealer that you can build a relationship with and have them do your oil changes along with a complete vehicle inspection every time. It may be that your brakes were getting low and needed done with the oil change. Instead you drove 6 weeks and possibly wore them out even further. It's very hard to know without knowing what was included in the "complete brake replacement". I would suggest finding an independent shop or dealer to do ALL of your vehicle repairs AND maintenance. Most places are very competetive to "quick lube" places, but tend to have more experienced technicians who know to look for potential problems that could cost you more money down the road. Hope this helps!

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