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Old 10-13-2002, 07:06 PM
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I was coming out of the mnts. in AZ. last summer, very HOT!
All of the trail was down hill, down! down! Hill!
I got to the bottom 27 miles later!
Stopped in the canyon bottom to check the equipment trailer and JEEP!
I hit the BRAKES!! The pedal went all of the way down!! Not a sign of resistance!!
Ended up, I had burned out the master cylinder!!!
Drove 114 miles back into Phx. w/o BRAKE ONE!
I HAD! never done a complete brake FLUSH!!!
My brake fluid was contaminated and had boiled the "socks off" (melted down)the piston plungers and etc!
How many of you'se guys do a complete brake system flush???
Don't forget, the only thing that will stop you is a good set of brakes AND!! good fresh fluid!!
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I vacuum bleed my brakes every six months with fresh DOT 3, I do it before winter and after. Takes 10 minutes and you can be sure your brakes are in good shape, there was an extensive thread on this subject not that long ago. Give the search function a try.
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I am still between using DOT 5 brake fluid or silicone!
DOT 5, I am using that now, has a higher boiling point but being a regular brake fluid it is hyroscopic!
SO! Use silicone that has a slightly lower boiling point or use DOT 5???
Silicone, I heard needs a "change out" of the cylinders and etc., to be compatible with the silicone?? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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Dot 5 is silicone.
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I use dot 5 in all my rigs including the Harleys. It does not burn Paint.
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You're right! DOT 5 is! Silicone!
I researched the subject and found out that silicone really isn't all that good!
Because It DOES NOT! handle water! It can cause rust and corrosion in the brake system, because the water seperates out!
Also, SILICONE fluid gives a soft pedal effect because of it's compressability!
DOT 5.1 Brake Fluid also has a higher temp rating !!!
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