JK Rubicon fluids and brake service reality check


Nericson

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2014 JK Rubicon. 42K original miles. After oil change at dealer they tell me I need to do all the brakes, replace the brake fluid, differential and transfer case fluid changes.
Am I getting "milked dry" for no real reason here?
 

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You are if your letting the Dealer touch your Jeep. If you looked at your Owners manual it tells the intervals at which the fluids and most other things should be changed.

The brakes are easy to tell when they need to be replaced, a squealer will alert you or a visual check.
 

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Every time I took my cars in for Tires (3 cars this year) they always come back with you need new brakes. As said above, brake fluid you can visually see if it's dirty. Pads you can worm around on the ground and see how much pad is left.
Oh and each of these cars were 60%+ left on the pads
 

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Yes, they are. BUT... I would do a full brake fluid change if it's never been done. Brake fluid can absorb moisture over time and even though it's low mileage, if it's over 2 years old it's likely due. A inexpensive tester can test the boiling point (think water content) of brake fluid to confirm.
 
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2014 JK Rubicon. 42K original miles. After oil change at dealer they tell me I need to do all the brakes, replace the brake fluid, differential and transfer case fluid changes.
Am I getting "milked dry" for no real reason here?

Learn to do it yourself.

Differential and transfer cases couldn't be more simple to do. If you just bought it I would definitely replace all the fluids.

New fluid is a lot cheaper than a ruined diff/transfer case.

I used lube-locker gaskets on my diffs instead of RTV and now changing the fluid on both takes less than 30 mins.

For the transfer case, all you have to do on a stock JK is remove 4 bolts and drop the skid plate to gain access to the drain/fill plugs. Super easy.

If you have an auto transmission, I'd look into getting the fluid and filter replaced as well. That's a little more involved but I wouldn't classify it as a difficult do-it-yourself.
 
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