Brake Fluid

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:34 pm
Have not found any post on brake fluid recommendations for the SRF, are there to avoid?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:30 am
We use Motorcraft High Performance DOT 3 brake fluid. Comes in a 12 oz bottle, available at local Ford dealer.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:40 am
I use Motul. It's probably overkill unless you are on a closed street circuit or some other bullring with uber-braking, but it's never failed me and that fact is worth its weight in gold when it comes to brakes, imo.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:24 pm
I use Valvoline Synthetic. I think it has great specs for the money. I think that keeping the brake fluid fresh is more important than the fluid used - that way you don't have to be too concerned with the "wet" boiling point.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:15 pm
I agree keep it fresh. I stopped using a silicone blend when it returned to crystal, due to a prolonged storage, had to replace everything. Some of the older English cars required a fluid that would not swell the seals, allowing complet return of the caliper piston and less friction on rotor when the brake is released. Just wondering.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:23 pm
Agreed on frequent bleeding of brakes to keep the fluid fresh. Part of my pre-race prep is to bleed mine after every weekend, and I have not (knock on wood) ever had an issue ever with fading brakes.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:19 pm
I used to agree with the "fresh is best" method. I used DOT 4, and bled every weekend - at that price, who cares? Then Denny (a.k.a. brake killer) drove my car and boiled the fluid the first time out. Motul flush fixed it. Dang, that stuff is pricey! I probably bleed every 3 weekends now.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:51 pm
I use some stuff a motorcycle racer hooked me up with years ago. Not all that expensive, and works real good...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:16 pm
It's so easy to flush/bleed these brakes, there's no reason not to do it (at least a good bleed) before each race weekend. Imagine my surprise (after years of driving a 944) that I could bleed the calipers without removing the wheels, with the car on the ground!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:58 am
I recently tried using the MityVac for brake bleeding and it was a huge disappointment. Maybe I was using it wrong or something :? . I have been looking at trying the Motive Products Power Bleeder but I wanted to ask if anyone else has tried this product before I pull the trigger on another disappointing product. Thanks for help.
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