Do new cars need to replace brake fluid every 5,000 miles?

Q: I have a 2020 Nissan Rogue. The first time I brought it in for an oil change, the service department told me I needed to replace the brake fluid. I am older generation and remember to only replace fluid if you replaced a brake part and needed to add fluid.

Do new cars really need to replace brake fluid every 5,000 miles?

A: Clean brake fluid is crucial for a modern ABS braking system. Nissan, Subaru and some other manufacturers recommend replacing brake fluid every 30,000 miles.

At AAA, our engineering group has performed testing and recommends a 30,000 mile replacement due to moisture contamination.

If you change your Nissan’s oil every 5,000 miles, it would make sense to replace the brake fluid at the sixth oil change.