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Old 08-06-2002, 02:52 PM   #1
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Question Ottawa - Brake Fluid choices

A quick one for people here in Ottawa. What brake fluid are you using?

Does it really make a difference (for 99% street driving) between
Motul or SuperBlue or Crappy Tire DOT4.

What the choices and where can I get it?

Thanks...Stu
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Old 08-06-2002, 03:01 PM   #2
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Hey Stu,
Personally I don't think you would notice any difference going with a "high performance" brake fluid than you would with crappy tire's finest. Going to DOT 4 would be a good idea though, as I believe (I may be wrong) that the car comes stock with a lower boiling point DOT 3 fluid. I'm not 100% certain for the brakes, but I'm pretty sure the clutch master cylinder comes filled with DOT 3 form the factory.
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Old 08-06-2002, 03:43 PM   #3
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I bought Motul from Lachute last week.... but it's not cheap stuff.... For a litre, the price was around $35.... but I think it was still cheaper than Mturmel got the Motul from RMR in Montreal....

To do a full flush, you'll need about 700-800ml...

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Old 08-06-2002, 07:10 PM   #4
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Nope; got it for 17$ for 500ml, IIRC

The other "feature" of a high performance brqke (damn azerty keyboard... ) fluid is its hygroscopic nature, ie it accumulates moisture, so you need to flush it every 6 months or so depending on usage. I'll most likely switch to something less exotic when I flush it for the winter... I did find a difference after a few laps around Shannonville, better fade/sponginess resistance. Unlikely that you'll see a difference on the street unless you drive like Tom... you never boil your brake fluid on the street, hopefully...

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Old 08-06-2002, 08:10 PM   #5
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Old 08-06-2002, 08:22 PM   #6
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^



I think that I'll save the cash and go with Crappy Tire, since I don't
use the brakes as hard as (Tom) you guys do.

Now how about a "powerbleeder" vs "speedbleeder" nipples vs
con a friend into helping you?


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Old 08-06-2002, 09:24 PM   #7
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how did i get dragged into this conversatoin, the funny thing is i probably daily drive much freindlier than u bastards
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Old 08-06-2002, 10:06 PM   #8
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how did i get dragged into this conversatoin, the funny thing is i probably daily drive much freindlier than u bastards
You are right. In your defense, the my only experience with your
driving was at the autocross with the scan tool. You were quite
reasonable (but maybe it had something to do with the police
officer next to us on the Nicholas on-ramp??).

The rest is pure hearsay and I'll have none of it in my thread
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Old 08-07-2002, 12:03 AM   #9
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Quote:
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Nope; got it for 17$ for 500ml, IIRC

The other "feature" of a high performance brqke (damn azerty keyboard... ) fluid is its hygroscopic nature, ie it accumulates moisture, so you need to flush it every 6 months or so depending on usage. I'll most likely switch to something less exotic when I flush it for the winter...

Matt in Belgium (T-5 to Nurburgring...)
Does it? I didn't know that! I might go for the regular stuff till next summer then and keep the motul for next spring.

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Old 08-07-2002, 02:44 PM   #10
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Default Hydrualic Brake Fluid

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The other "feature" of a high performance brqke (damn azerty keyboard... ) fluid is its hygroscopic nature, ie it accumulates moisture, so you need to flush it every 6 months or so depending on usage.
Actually ALL Hydrualic fluid (Brake fluid included) generally speaking is Hydroscopic by nature. Over time it will draw mosture out of the air/atmosphere thus increasing the H20 content in the fluid thereby reducing the fluid's boiling point. IIRC The hotter the fluid is, the quicker it can absorb water and break down the fluid hydrualic properties.
For regular street driving changing the fluid once, every 1.5 - 2 years should be fine. If you drive hard/brake hard on a regular basis (i.e. lots of track time), you should change the fluid more often, maybe every 6 months as Matt mentioned. Changing it this often for street use would be quite an overkill.

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Old 08-07-2002, 03:16 PM   #11
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You are right. In your defense, the my only experience with your
driving was at the autocross with the scan tool. You were quite
reasonable (but maybe it had something to do with the police
officer next to us on the Nicholas on-ramp??).

The rest is pure hearsay and I'll have none of it in my thread
LOL thread hijacking btw speedbleeders are the cats ass.
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Old 08-08-2002, 10:24 PM   #12
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Back to the topic, has anyone else heard that SUPERBLUE is the same stuff in a different container as the heavy duty brake fluid you can buy from FORD that also happens to be blue ?

I was told this recently and have yet to verify.
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Old 08-09-2002, 10:05 AM   #13
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I've heard of Superblue brake fluid.... supposed to be pretty good and at a decent price........

One guy I know with a Miata uses Superblue...

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