Synthetic or DOT-3 brake fluid

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Scott Whaley

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<div id="RTEContent">While at Celina, I think it was Dave the Wave told me he used synthetic brake fluid. I am doing rebuild on my brakes. Does anyone else have experience with synthetic? Help me to treat amphi to the best.

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Tom Jones

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--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, Scott Whaley <scottamphi@y...>
wrote:
>
> While at Celina, I think it was Dave the Wave told me he used
synthetic brake fluid. I am doing rebuild on my brakes. Does anyone
else have experience with synthetic? Help me to treat amphi to the
best.
>
> I use Only synthetic in my Amphi. One nice thing about it is, it
doesn't ruin your paint ,when you bleed the brakes! Tom "FINZILLA"
 
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Larry & Nancy Solheim

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I've used synthetic in both Amphi (& MetalBeast while I had her) since '94. I like it. <u>Pros:</u> Is not hydroscopic, will not absorb moisture. Higher boiling point (not really an issue w/ Amphicars). Does not damage paint. <u>Cons:</u> Is not hydroscopic: any water entering the lines remains in droplets and can cause pin-point rust pitting in pistons if the car sits w/o brake usage for a while. Much more $. Must flush and thoroughly clean existing system (preferably w/ alcohol) before converting - NOT compatible w/ standard fluid. Some rubber does not like the silicone. I have not seen this, tho. Goodluck Scott, --LarryS

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a_colo_native

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> While at Celina, I think it was Dave the Wave told me he used
synthetic brake fluid. I am doing rebuild on my brakes. Does
anyone else have experience with synthetic? Help me to treat amphi
to the best.

I use DOT3 and love it so far. If you are not using new parts, flush
the system with alcohol a couple of times before refilling with
DOT3. The brakes will feel just slightly softer. So far I have yet
to have any problems with it in almost 4 years (5800+ miles, 275+
hours in the water) I reccomend a bi-yearly flush to avoid the micro-
pits from any trapped water. The other downside is it does cost more
that DOT5, but it is less than touching up the paint after a spill.

It will not damage paint, but it will create problems if it is on
the surface when applying new paint. Just be sure to properly wipe
down the surface correctly and all will be fine.

In the end DO the research and go with what feels better for you.
This is always an ongoing argument. "Tastes GREAT! .... Less
filling!..."

John "Gimme a brake" Bevins
Rocky Mountain Amphicar
 
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Larry & Nancy Solheim

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Re: Re: Synthetic or DOT-3 brake fluid

A quick correctioin, John. Silicone is DOT 5. Standard is DOT 3. DOT 4 is a higher temp standard, like Castrol. --Larry

a_colo_native <news@amphicar.com> wrote: <blockquote class="replbq" style="PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #1010ff 2px solid"><tt>> While at Celina, I think it was Dave the Wave told me he used
synthetic brake fluid. I am doing rebuild on my brakes. Does
anyone else have experience with synthetic? Help me to treat amphi
to the best.

I use DOT3 and love it so far. If you are not using new parts, flush
the system with alcohol a couple of times before refilling with
DOT3. The brakes will feel just slightly softer. So far I have yet
to have any problems with it in almost 4 years (5800+ miles, 275+
hours in the water) I
reccomend a bi-yearly flush to avoid the micro-
pits from any trapped water. The other downside is it does cost more
that DOT5, but it is less than touching up the paint after a spill.

It will not damage paint, but it will create problems if it is on
the surface when applying new paint. Just be sure to properly wipe
down the surface correctly and all will be fine.

In the end DO the research and go with what feels better for you.
This is always an ongoing argument. "Tastes GREAT! .... Less
filling!..."

John "Gimme a brake" Bevins
Rocky Mountain Amphicar



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David Chapman

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<font face="Arial" size="2">International Amphicar Club members will be delighted to learn I have justwrittena tech article on this very subject !</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">It will be published in theclub newsletter shortly.</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">David Chapman.</font>
 
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a_colo_native

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Thanks Larry! I menat that I use DOT5 exclusively. It is used by
many restorers as well. Especially for cars that are used very
little. Once again I use DOT5 only.

--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, Larry & Nancy Solheim
<amphi662001@y...> wrote:
>
> A quick correctioin, John.
>
> Silicone is DOT 5.
>
> Standard is DOT 3.
>
> DOT 4 is a higher temp standard, like Castrol.
>
> --Larry
>
>
> a_colo_native <news@a...> wrote:
> > While at Celina, I think it was Dave the Wave told me he used
> synthetic brake fluid. I am doing rebuild on my brakes. Does
> anyone else have experience with synthetic? Help me to treat
amphi
> to the best.
>
> I use DOT3 and love it so far. If you are not using new parts,
flush
> the system with alcohol a couple of times before refilling with
> DOT3. The brakes will feel just slightly softer. So far I have yet
> to have any problems with it in almost 4 years (5800+ miles, 275+
> hours in the water) I reccomend a bi-yearly flush to avoid the
micro-
> pits from any trapped water. The other downside is it does cost
more
> that DOT5, but it is less than touching up the paint after a
spill.
>
> It will not damage paint, but it will create problems if it is on
> the surface when applying new paint. Just be sure to properly wipe
> down the surface correctly and all will be fine.
>
> In the end DO the research and go with what feels better for you.
> This is always an ongoing argument. "Tastes GREAT! .... Less
> filling!..."
>
> John "Gimme a brake" Bevins
> Rocky Mountain Amphicar
>
>
>
>
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Amphipoda

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"Shortly" meaning the Mar/April newsletter edition
since the Jan/Feb edition is at the print shop
and will be mailed this week... assuming I can
navigate into the post office with all the other
Santa wannabees.

The Jan/Feb newsletter email version has already
been sent to those who elected to receive the
electronic version. Imagine that - receiving
it 2 weeks early and saving the club the cost
of paper, labeling, printing, envelopes, postage
and time. Maybe someone who received an electronic
newsletter will post an opinion...?

Be well, swim safe - Happy Holidays!

Amphipoda
'64 Turquoise
San Diego, CA


--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman" <david@m...>
wrote:
>
> International Amphicar Club members will be delighted to learn I
have just written a tech article on this very subject !
>
> It will be published in the club newsletter shortly.
>
> David Chapman.
>
 
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