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Hi All;  Just reading thru posts and started reading about your tool care badge.
I came across a "job" that is not correct and will cause bad problems  down the road for someone if it is continued.

One of the listed jobs while "maintaining a vehicle" is  TOP UP THE BRAKE FLUID.
This is  very old information, back from when vehicals had drum brakes on all 4 wheels.
The smallest issue now, will be when new brake pads are installed. As the disk brake caliper piston is pushed back, the overfilled brake reservoir will now spill brake fluid all over the engine compartment.  Not the end of the world, but it makes a huge mess and dirt and dust will now coat everything.  

Brake reservoirs are intended  to go down in level as the brake pad wears.  This tells your mechanic that your brakes need inspection. By "topping off the reservoir"  the wearing brake pads are hidden unless a full brake inspection is performed, this costs extra $.  No inspection means that one day you will hear a funny noise from your brakes... down to the metal and already destroying your brake rotor.  Lots more $ than replacing worn pads.

The other reason to not do this is because you may have developed a small leak...  small leaks eventually turn into big leaks ... end result is NO BRAKES! SCARRY BAD !!!   PLEASE do not teach  "TOP UP BRAKE FLUID"

Students  should be taught to inspect the level but NOT add any fluid ...Explain to them why.

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