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Old 03-03-2016, 11:14 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Brake fluid flush?

I had the parking brake light stay on, meaning I needed brake fluid. Topped off, light went of, on about my day.
When I topped it off, the fluid I poured in was clear, but inside the master it was brown with sediment. The car stops fine.
My question is, does it need to be flushed since it's dirty? If so how hard is it?

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Old 03-03-2016, 01:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: Brake fluid flush?

yea, brown is bad, it could eventually ruin the master or caliper. it's a good idea to flush once in a while. you usually would need a second person to do it the old school easy way of pumping out of each caliper or there are brake flush kits you can get that you can pump fluid pressure from the master and bleed each caliper. There are also vacuum pumps, but not sure how those work.
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Default Re: Brake fluid flush?

Originally Posted by Travieso View Post
yea, brown is bad, it could eventually ruin the master or caliper. it's a good idea to flush once in a while. you usually would need a second person to do it the old school easy way of pumping out of each caliper or there are brake flush kits you can get that you can pump fluid pressure from the master and bleed each caliper. There are also vacuum pumps, but not sure how those work.
+1

Same goes for the power steering fluid
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Default Re: Brake fluid flush?

Originally Posted by trilla_one View Post
+1

Same goes for the power steering fluid
Oh. Thanks. I forgot to check that.

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Default Re: Brake fluid flush?

The vacuum pumps work by pulling fluid from the MC into the caliper. Use them all the time on ATV.

Best way to get it out would be to first try to suction all the shit out of the reservoir. That way you are not pushing dirty fluid through everything. Then fill it up with clean fluid, then you can either do the old 2 person pump and hold brakes to push the fluid out, or you can use one of the pumps.
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Default Re: Brake fluid flush?

You'll want to change out the brake fluid every ~3 yrs

You can just jack up & remove one wheel at a time if you don't want to put the whole car on jack stands -- helpful videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5O_pbC8R2E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1NvtUwfRJc
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Default Re: Brake fluid flush?

Check the FSM for brake bleed order...IIRC, the usual rule-of-thumb of going in order from the farthest to the closest to the MC doesn't apply.
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