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Brake Fluid

Heyy†††† just put pads n shoes on the car, and replaced one rear wheel cylinder and line,† bought brake fluid, and can't get a pedal.† after spending all afternoon at it , realised the fluid i bought is labelled synthetic.† seems just about all brake fluid is now synthetic..†† well if you, like me,†† still running mineral fluid,† this is a total pain.

†BUT , after some research.† it is still mineral fluid,† so it's ok.†† I panicked and thought that this was like the old'silicon' fluid. it's not. ..† dot 3, 4 and 5.1† are all mineral, but dot 5 is silicon , and it's always purple.††

in the meantime , I bought some LHM+† cos it's 'mineral' oil....† but it IS an oil and is not water miscible.† damn , so now i have a brake system that's full of oil.† ok†† fix:† what makes oil water miscible?† soap... so 3 jugs of strong Fairy liquid solution later , pumped thru, and rinsed with 4 jugs of fresh water,† dry the reservoir,† then rinsed thru with dot4† you can buy a gallon for £16 something†† and 2/or 3 flushes later... bingo.. super clean,† didn't have to bleed it just pumped with the nipples out, (weather was warm)† put them back.† done.... pedal..† phew..† Regards† Paul M

-- Edited by peerlessgt on Saturday 15th of April 2017 10:05:36 AM

-- Edited by peerlessgt on Saturday 15th of April 2017 10:30:42 AM

-- Edited by peerlessgt on Saturday 15th of April 2017 01:45:01 PM


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wow, I'd hate to see what ended up going down the drain at your place ....must have been like Deepwater Horizon out there! biggrin must say I went the silicon way as everything was new or cleaned and reassembled and I liked the idea that it doesn't absorb moisture and it doesn't strip paint!

a lot of people say "ahh you don't get a good enough peddle with that stuff" how do they know/how can you compare?. I've never driven the car on anything else and all the other old cars I've owned felt about the same as this one.

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