Brake Fluid Change near Toronto?

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I'm hoping to change out the brake fluid (and potentially pads) on my P3D to prepare for a track day. Has anyone done this with any local shops that you would recommend? I'm not sure if there's any difference in changing the brake fluid in a Model 3 compared to a BMW or Audi, but it'd be nice to have the peace of mind that they've done it before and know what they're doing.
 

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Recommended Brake Fluid change used to be 2 years, 25,000 miles. Now it's recommended only when the fluid quality is compromised.

Maybe that's not needed, even for a track day?

Pads on the other hand could be nice to have at 100%.

Maybe some brake places could handle it IF they know how to put the Model 3 on the lift (need the rubber pucks).

If it were me, use a Tesla Service Center for that unless you have a brake place with a good reputation with other Tesla owners.

Agree that @MountainPass is the go-to-guy for this question.
 
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Recommended Brake Fluid change used to be 2 years, 25,000 miles. Now it's recommended only when the fluid quality is compromised.

Maybe that's not needed, even for a track day?

Pads on the other hand could be nice to have at 100%.

Maybe some brake places could handle it IF they know how to put the Model 3 on the lift (need the rubber pucks).

If it were me, use a Tesla Service Center for that unless you have a brake place with a good reputation with other Tesla owners.
I think the issue with brake fluid is that the fluid Tesla puts in (DOT3) is perfectly fine for street driving, but track driving could heat the fluid up too much and boil it.

The service centers won't put any non-stock fluid/pads in the car so that's why I'm hoping to see if anyone has done this before with a shop or have a shop that they can recommend who would be willing to try this.
 

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Recommended Brake Fluid change used to be 2 years, 25,000 miles. Now it's recommended only when the fluid quality is compromised.

Maybe that's not needed, even for a track day?
Lots of resources I've seen said for track day pad swap is a must, and fluid change is recommended to prevent boiling the OEM stuff. It's just not formulated to handle that kind of abuse.
 

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Hi guys! The Model 3's brake system is no different from any other modern car, so your trusty mechanic will be able to flush/bleed the brakes normally. We like to use Castrol SRF, it is expensive, but definitely the best brake fluid for track use.

Feel free to shoot us an email if you have any more questions that we don't see here!
 

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Lots of resources I've seen said for track day pad swap is a must, and fluid change is recommended to prevent boiling the OEM stuff. It's just not formulated to handle that kind of abuse.
Learned something new, thanks for putting up with my ignorance.