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Old December 8th, 2011, 06:43 PM
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Test your brake fluid and replace it if it's worn out, you can get a kit of test strips at the Auto Store
Test your brake fluid and do a replacement quickly and easily to restore it.

As with every other fluid in your car, brake fluid contains a main ingredient along with protective additives. The main ingredient in brake fluid doesn't degrade, but the additives do. The most important additive is a corrosion inhibitor. The corrosion inhibitor prevents internal rusting of steel brake lines, calipers and ABS (antilock brake system) components. Once the inhibitors are exhausted, even minute amounts of moisture can cause dangerous and costly corrosion.

Most car manufacturers recommend a complete brake fluid flush every two years or 24,000 miles. Rather than rely on a general recommendation, you can test the actual condition of your brake fluid. Remove the cover of the master cylinder and dip a strip into the fluid. Shake off the excess fluid and wait 60 seconds before comparing the color of the strip with the guide on the package. The guide tells you when it's time to change the fluid. Find a package of 25 BrakeStrip test strips at brakebleeder.com.

Changing Brake Fluid

You just need a test kit, a Turkey baster or syphon hose and fresh fluid.

I dont fool with the Test Kit, I just do it

Suck the fluid from the reservoir and refill with fresh fluid.

Some carmakers recommend replacing brake fluid every two years or 24,000 miles. Others don’t mention it at all. But it’s easy to test your brake fluid. Just dip a test strip into the fluid and compare the color to the chart on the packaging.

You can do a complete brake fluid flush yourself but its easier with a friend .
This procedure will replace all the old fluid with fresh.

Use a baster to suck out the dark brown brake fluid (brake and power steering fluids are incompatible, so use a different baster for each if you let the fluid get up in the bulb, cause your gona use that baster for the power steering flush, see next 'HOW TO'). Squirt it into a recycling bottle. Refill the reservoir with fresh brake fluid.
Then do a Bleed, read theses two differant threads to know how

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...t=bleed+brakes

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...t=bleed+brakes

NOTE: DO NOT LET THE MASTER CYLINDER GO DRY, ALWAYS KEEP THE BOTTOM COVERTED WITH FLUID if not air will get in the system

NOTE: The brake fluid may damage the baster’s rubber bulb, so don’t suck the fluid all the way into the bulb.

*NOTE* Be sure to use the correct DOT number fluid recommed for your system; also do not forget BRAKE FLUID is a good paint remover, so be careful


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