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I have a 2995 Ford 500. I was told during a recent service that my brake fluid is contaminated. The rubber seal is being eaten away ont eh cap and I had the seal removed because it would not fit back onto the mount. The suggestion was to get it "flushed" ASAP. I can do that of course, but what about the unseen rubber hoses and the like within the sysytem? Also, what would cause this and how do I avoid in the future. The last break service was extensive and performed by a Ford dealer about 8 months ago. Can you give me advice and direction here? KSS

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First off, I would get my paperwork from the last service at the dealer in order. Get the recomendations from the shop your at now and then give the dealer a call and explain that this is a safety concern "should you proceed to drive the vehicle?" and that YOU HAVE NOT been under the hood since the last visit. If there was some serious contamination, it would have likely started to affect braking performance by swelling the seals inside the master cylinder and usually allowing for a bypass causing a pedal that has to be pumped. It would also start to deteriorate the hoses down and the seals inside the ABS module. Get the dealers opinion as this could be a scam ran by an unscrupulous service centre.

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