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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-14-2008, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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The forgotten fluid, what is it, Brake Fluid, one of my pet peeves!!!!

Take the time to look through this easy to read & understand mini tutorial, on brake fluid & scroll down to "find out where you likely are on the boiling point curve"!!!!

The info could save our necks, if we drive fast, on in the mountains, or with heavy loads, or have never changed our brake fluid & have to make a panic stop, only to feel that pedal get soft, or go to the floor, because absorbed water in the brake fluid lowered it's boiling point!!!!

Keeping the fluid changed on a regular basis will also cut down on internal system corrosion, as absorbed moisture will be drained out with the old fluid & thus won't remain to cause serious problems.

Lots of good info about brake fluid there, like why silicone brake fluid shouldn't be used for street vehicles, why DOT-4 fluid can quickly loose half of it's wet boiling point with only 3% water absorbtion, why all DOT-3 fluids aren't the same, ect, ect.

I know where I am on the curve, as I flushed both of my rides with Motorcraft PM-1 DOT-3 fluid last summer. I do them every 3 years.

Enjoy the read, I sure did.
http://www.aa1car.com/library/bfluid.htm

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Great advise!!! I change brake fluid in all my cars every 2 years. It is amazing how dark brown / black it is in only 2 years. I have never had to replace a caliper / wheel cylinder / master cylinder / HCU in a car that has had the fluid changed on a regular basis.

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I do mine every spring, keeps my brakes feeling goood.


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i do it whenever it looks dark, or in my case, green?
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I think i've only replaced the brake fluids like once it its lifetime. I was forced to replace it when I found out that the master cylinder was busted. It's been taken care of i'll probably replace it again within a year.

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According to that chart.. mine should boil just sitting there in summer time.

No clue when Mine has been changed.
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I change brake fluid once a year at minimum.

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I will have to check through all the repair slips to see if it has ever been done. Next time the brakes get messed with, the fluid will be changed.. Of course, I could be changing calipers and/or brake lines anyway. darn rust.

Anyone know of any prebent brake lines for these cars? I can probably easily bend the lines.. it's the flares I'm worried about. Would probably have to buy the tool since most of the rental tools are pretty beat up living in a redneck area
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No pre-bent hardlines available that I know of. It isn't hard to do yourself, though. Rent a bender and flaring tool from AutoZone - they are both very cheap to buy as well.

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