Originally Posted by kumanchu
an additional tip would be:
wear gloves, brake fluid is highly carcinogenic.
No, no it isn't. In fact, it's not very dangerous at all.
DOT 3 & 4 Fluids:
Inhalation: Vapors are mildly to markedly irritating to the lungs depending on the exposure level.
Eye: Causes severe irritation experienced as discomfort or pain, excess blinking and tear production, with marked excess redness and swelling of the conjunctiva.
Skin: No adverse effects expected with exposure to skin. Brief contact may cause slight irritation. Prolonged contact, as with clothing wetted with material, may cause more severe irritation and discomfort, seen as local redness and swelling.
Ingestion: Ingestion may be fatal. May cause abdominal discomfort, nausea, and vomiting. May produce central nervous system depression and kidney damage.
Carcinogenicity: This compound contains no ingredients at concentration of 0.1% or greater that are carcinogens or suspect carcinogens.
Medical Conditions Aggravated by Long-Term Exposure: Pre-existing skin, eye, and respiratory disorders may be aggravated by exposure to this product. Impaired kidney function from preexisting disorders may be aggravated by exposure to this product.
Chronic Effects: Repeated exposure may result in drying of the skin and mucous membranes, causing irritation and dryness.
The brake dust poses a higher risk due to it's fine particle size and the compounds used in the friction and binder materials.