SV: Re: Wheel cylinders leaking?

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Bo Strander

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Hello Rick and everybody else over there,
A warning when it comes to DOT5, silicon brake fluid.
It's a great stuff for older cars, BUT, be sure to follow John's advice and
make sure not to mix old DOT4 and new DOT5 fluid in the system. If you do
you will end up with clogged valves and a lot of trouble (ask me).
The recomendation is to first drain the old DOT4, then to rinse the system
with at least one filling/bleeding with methylalcohol, followed by blowing
with air and then at least one filling/bleeding with the new DOT5.
You should also be aware that the pedal might feel a little "spongy" with
DOT5.
Also keep in mind that DOT5 is having a lower surface tension then the DOT4,
so you will not cure any leaking gaskets with
new fluid.
There is also a good idea to bleed your system more frequently when you use
the DOT5. The reason is that since the DOT5 is not hydroscopic, it woun't
absorb the moisture that always migrate through rubber hoses. The risk is
that the water gets trapped in your wheel-cylinders (at the lowest point
ofcourse) and MAY cause some rust-problems.
If you keep this in mind you will have no problems with the DOT5.
Best regards
Bo the swede
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Fr?n: a_colo_native [mailto:minnow@amphicar.net]
Skickat: den 27 maj 2003 20:34
Till: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
?mne: [amphicar-lovers] Re: Wheel cylinders leaking?


<SNIP> and not
> to mention having to repaint the wheels from the brake fluid
> eating through the paint!

Rick,

I went with DOT 5 brake fluid for several reasons. The 1st being that
it does not absorb water and the 2nd is that it does not affect your
paint. It is easy changing. Just flush out the old fluid, blow low
pressure air through the lines to clear them. Refill system with DOT
5, and bleed the system until you see the clear purple fluid at each
wheel. The only drawback is the cost.

It is spendy, but well worth it. How much does it cost to repair the
paint on your fender or wheel?

John "needing a back seat" Bevins


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