Changing brake fluid

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by accent, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. accent

    accent Guest

    I want to remove brake fluid from the reservoir with a turkey baster
    and then refill. This is a quick fix low cost alternative to getting
    it done at a garage. Is it worth the trouble?
    accent, Aug 28, 2004
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    LandB Guest

    No, because you still have the old fluid in the lines. For a complete
    change, you need to flush the lines too.
    LandB, Aug 28, 2004
  3. accent

    accent Guest

    Good point but will the new fluid just sit in the reservoir or does it
    circulate and mix in with the old fluid?
    accent, Aug 28, 2004
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    hyundaitech Guest

    It'll mix some. But since the fluid never really moves that much, it'll
    take a really, really long time to mix well. Do what you suggested with
    the turkey baster, then turn the can of new brake fluid upside down on the
    master cylinder, and gravity bleed from each wheel until clean fluid comes
    hyundaitech, Aug 28, 2004
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    S25 Guest

    These valves (<>) make bleeding the
    lines VERY easy.
    Usual disclaimers.

    S25, Aug 29, 2004
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    accent Guest

    OK, but it looks like the wheels have to be taken off the car in order
    to get the job done.
    accent, Aug 29, 2004
  7. That's normal for brake work.
    Brian Nystrom, Aug 29, 2004
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