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Most brake fluids are not terribly dangerous. Throw sand on it to absorb anything left, use a grease-cutting cleaner to get rid of the stain. You may wish to try brake cleaner and paper towels.


The reason that brake fluid should be replaced on a regular basis (every two years is a common recommendation) is that brake fluids are hydrophilic (they "like" water) and over time atmospheric humidity builds up in the fluid. When this happens the fluid can boil under heavy braking, which would cause the loss of braking power. Moisture in the fluid can also ...

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