Brake Fluid and Lubrication

Cars, trucks, motorcycles and even bicycles use hydraulic braking. Brake fluid is used to transfer the force applied into hydraulic pressure. In contrast, lubricants enable parts to move opposite each other in a perpendicular manner.

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Brake Fluid and Lubrication
Power Steering

What will happen if you poured Power Steering Fluid in Brake oil reservoir some of the brake oil were already in the tank and you start the engine but did not push the brake pedal?

Use a Turkey baster to remove all the fluid in the reservoir then use a rag to clean the reservoir of anything that remains. Now refill the reservoir with clean brake fluid.

I would also recommend that the brake system be bleed to remove the old brake fluid. As it is a recommended the Fluid should be replaced as a preventive maintenance service, and may need replacement every two years or 24,000 miles.

There is a tool available at auto parts store to help you D.I.Y this or you can take it to someone and have it done.

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Ford Windstar SE

How do you check - add and what type of brake fluid on a Ford Windstar?

DOT 3 brake fluid - pretty much a universally specified, and readily available brake fluid.

NOTE: The Owners Manual contains illustrated procedures for checking/filling brake fluid - and the specified fluids for the vehicle.

See "Related Questions" below for a free sources of online Owners Manuals D.O.T. #3

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Check the master cylinder to see if it's low.

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AnswerThis is well detailed and illustrated in the Owners Manual - See "Related Questions" below for more The reservoir is located on the drivers side of the engine back underneath the windshield. It is a black reservoir with a 2 inch cap. Tilting the brake fluid bottle sideways then punching 2 small holes in the foil (one on either side of the bottle opening) is the best way to get the fluid in the reservoir. Resevoir (master cylinder) on the firewall driver's side Inside the engine compartment, above the steering column is the white brake fluid reservoir.

It's a little awkward as it is partially obstructed by the windshield wiper trim piece.


Adding fluid - I usually use a small bathroom dixie cup if you fill it halfway it will fit under there

and you can pour it in



According to the Owners Manual, and the "Related Question" below...

DOT 3

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Brake Fluid and Lubrication

How do you check brake line fluid on a Ford E150?

Did you mean how to check your brake fluid? If you open the hood of the van, on the drivers side up near the firewall there will be your booster and master cylinder. On top of that is your reservoir . There should be indicator lines telling you if its full or if it should be added to. As far as checking the fluid in the lines, the only way is to bleed your brakes. Always start with the brake that is farthest from the master cylender with is usually the pass. rear brake then work to the drivers side rear, then pass front the drivers side brake..

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Math and Arithmetic
Brake Fluid and Lubrication
Word Games

How do you connect 4 dots with 3 lines?

This question is not complete. The correct scenario begins with 4 dots arranged in a square. The challenge is as follows: # Draw three straight line. # You cannot lift your pencil. # You can not cross over any lines. # You must end on the same dot you start with. The solution is to simply think outside the box. Draw a large triangle. Start with your pencil on a single dot (We'll use the bottom left for this example). Draw a straight line to the right that extends past the dot on the bottom right. Then draw from that point diagonally towards the top left, going through the dot at the top right, and ending directly above the two left dots. Finally draw a line straight down, going through the top left and ending at the bottom right.

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Auto Parts and Repairs
Belts and Fluids
Steering and Suspension
Brake Fluid and Lubrication

What happen if you only put a little bit of brake fluid in the power steering reservoir?

Not as bad as putting a little bit of power steering fluid in the brake reservoir, but I would have the power steering system flushed just the same. Problems wouldn't happen soon but in the long term they will.

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Chrysler

What would happen if you put the wrong brake fluid in your Chrysler voyager?

It would ruin the master cylinder, wheel cylinders, and calibers. Your vehicles uses DOT3. Look on the top of the master cylinder fill cap.

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Brake Fluid and Lubrication
Check Engine Light

Why does an abs light come on?

The ABS (anti-lock brake system) light comes on because the computer has detected a problem and set a code. The code will stay in the computer even if the light goes out. You need to have the system Scanned for codes. Once the cause of the code has been repaired the light can be shut off by clearing the code.

Most auto repair shops will have Scanners and all the equipment to Diagnose and repair the problem. And, Most auto parts stores can plug in a diagnostic scanning device into your vehicle to read the trouble codes at no cost if you purchase the parts necessary to repair the vehicle from them. The trouble codes can tell you THE AREA where the problem is with your ABS system. So it's wise to have a Tech check that circuit to isolate what the problem actually is.

In order to reset this light you need to have access to a Scan tool that does more than just read the codes. Other diagnostic equipment may be needed as well.

You have a problem with the ABS. As long as the light is on the ABS is not working. The light will remain on until the problem is fixed.

AnswerThe ABS system has stored a fault code. You'll need to have someone scan the ABS computer to read the diagnostic code. Typically, ABS codes are not available to inexpensive conventional OBD scanners.

ABS = Anti-Lock Brake System

If you have this light come on while not braking, it most likely means there is a problem with the electronic controls in your brakes. If it comes on while you are braking, it means the Anti-Lock has kicked in. It should only do that however, if you are braking really hard. Addendum: It is very important to have the above procedure done to diagnose the cause. It might be minor but it could be as important as a wheel bearing, and a cracked hub, which if damaged could cause the wheel to become loose and you could lose control. I've added this addendum because I was told by a mechanic not to worry about the ABS light, that it was a minor problem. Only to find out later that in many vehicles the ABS sensor is attached to the wheel hub and a malfunctioning bearing can cause the sensor to slip., causing it to turn on.

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Ford Ranger XL
Ford Ranger XLT

What type of brake fluid for 2009 ford ranger?

DOT ( 3 ) brake fluid

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Ford Taurus

What type of brake fluid does 2001 Ford taurus use?

DOT ( 3 ) brake fluid

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What color is mineral type brake fluid?

what colour is mineral type brak fluid

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How does a brake fluid tester work?

Just dip it in the master cylinder fluid reservoir for 2 seconds and the tip will turn colors. The darker the color, the more contaminated the fluid. These certain testers measure the amount of copper the fluid has been contaminated with contrary to many peoples beliefs that it is testing for moisture content. This is NOT true even though brake fluid DOES absorb moisture when the container is left uncapped.

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Transmission Fluid
Ford Ranger

Can Brake fluid by used as transmission fluid?

NO! Dont mix them and dont swap them; they are very different and will cause massive damage.

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Does brake fluid have an odor?

Yes. It smells like bakery fresh cinnamon rolls.

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Ford Mustang
Late Model 1979-New Ford Mustangs

Where is the brake fluid reservoir located on a 1995 ford mustang?

On the firewall, on the left side of the engine compartment, attached to the brake booster.

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Can you use dot 4 brake fluid in your ford?

yes you can

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Kia Sephia

What kind of brake fluid to use in a 1998 Kia Sephia?

More than likely DOT3. The correct fluid is listed in your owner's manual and on the top of the master cylinder cap.

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Brakes and Tires
Brake Fluid and Lubrication
Brake Pads and Rotors

What is the problem if the brakes lock up?

This problem occurs mostly with disc brakes. Over time moisture can condensate inside the calipers causing rust and the calipers to stick. This can cause excessive brake wear. Ford SUVs are especially prone to caliper problems and the Explorer line often wore out the brake pads within 10k miles..

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Brake Pads and Rotors
Ford Taurus

How do you stop brakes from squealing?

Brake pad/lining dust can often be the cause of brake squealing when brakes are applied. This is normally remedied by blowing dust out with compressed air.

If your rotors are warped or uneven, this will make a squealing sound. You may need to have your rotors turned or replaced.

I would check two things immediately...brake wear being the first, as most pads are now equipped with "sensors" that contact the spinning rotor to create a reminder squeal. Change the brakes at this point. Second thing would be brake dust as mentioned above, HOWEVER, it is not good practice to blow brake dust with anything. At this point, the rotors must be resurfaced to remove the "glaze" caused by heat and friction to their surfaces. Remember, when resurfacing rotors, or drums, replace all pads and shoes.

Some occasional squealing can be a normal characteristic on many vehicles. Also, if you tend to let the car sit without use for days at a time, learn to live with the squeal. A few drum brake systems (Neon rear drum brakes are of note) have a design that is inherently squeaky.

Disc brakes:

  • Check for any of the following conditions:
  • Corroded or pitted rotors; glazed rotor surface; grooved rotor surface; incorrect rotor diameter- can all be cured by resurfacing or replacement of rotor in combination with replacement of pads.
  • Incorrect pads; hard pads; old pads; pads contaminated with oil or grease; inner and outer pads reversed; left and right pads. Replace pads to correct.
  • Bent, out of place, missing, or corroded backing plates, pad shims or rattle clips. Correct as needed.
  • Worn or loose wheel bearing.
  • Design characteristic. Consider cutting reliefs into pads or coating the back (non-friction) side of pads with grease or spray-on tacky brake silencer.

Drum brakes:

  • Poor drum surface. Resurface or replace as needed.
  • Cracked shoe linings. Replace.
  • Shoes contaminated with grease, brake fluid, or gear oil. Replace.
  • Weak return springs or shoe retainers, rusted springs, improper adjustment, lack of lubrication on backing plate at shoe contact points. Correct as needed.
  • Inherent to design. Live with it. Also, consider coating the outside of the drum with high temperature enamel type paint. You will need to remove any rust from the drum and clean it with alcohol before applying. Sometimes affixing a spring or heavy band of rubber around the diameter of the drum can alleviate squeak.

If you're using low quality brake pads switch to a better grade.

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Mercury Sable

How do you add brake fluid to the 1999 mercury sable ls?

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This is well detailed and illustrated in the Owners Manual - See "Related Questions" below for convenient links to download an electronic version and other brakes information.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee brake fluid type?

Mopar® Brake/clutch fluid FMVSS No. 116, DOT-3 & SAE J1703.

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Brakes and Tires
Brake Fluid and Lubrication
Brake Pads and Rotors

How often should brakes be changed?

If you're talking front ones, and they were installed properly and the system doesn't develop other problems to cause premature wear, and also depending if you're talking city or highway driving, not to mention what quality of parts were installed, I would expect about 35,000. If you have rear drum brakes and you keep them adjusted every 12,000 miles your fronts may last longer. If we are talking rear shoes I would expect 75,000 miles, rear disc brakes about 50,000 miles

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Kia Rio

Does 2006 kia rio use brake fluid?

yes you idiot every brake system use's brake fluid except air brakes and since air brakes are mostly only on big trucks you don't have them.... honestly if you need to ask if your car use's brake fluid you really shouldn't be doing anything to a car to even ask the question... take a shop class, please it would help you a lot.....

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Chevy Silverado
Chevy Tahoe

How do you bleed the brakes on a vehicle?

Bleeding BrakesHello. As I said in my previous answer. Its nice to have someone help you out, pump while the other bleeds. But the method that I explained is actually accurate. Most cars or trucks have their brake booster and reservoir on the driver side., in which is why you would start at the right front passenger side. I have done a lot of brake jobs, in all types of cars and trucks and have yet to come across one with the reservoir on the right side or passenger front side. Anyway, the two-man rookie method is okay. My way is one man bleeder, which is quicker and with an empty jar and a foot of hose with an inside diameter (id) for the bleeder. Very simple !!! You can buy this bleeder at any auto parts store, for about 5-7dollars. I've been the jar method for about 12-15 years. I do 5-8 brake jobs a month, by myself, on the sidelines with my homemade bleeder. Hardest part of a brake job is taking the wheels off to access the bleeders, and you don't even have to do that. Too much work !!! Go invest in a one man bleeder kit or make one and make life a little easier with more time to do more brake jobs and even better getting paid for it, Don't forget if you change your brake master cylinder, it also needs to be bled. Truthfully, if your going to do your brakes, aside from bleeding it, you might as well lube your caliper pins, etc, pack your wheel bearings, and flush out the old fluid, and put fresh brake fluids accordingly to your DOT specs. Hope this make life easier for any DIY.

Here is advice: * Two people are required. Remove tire and the brake caliper will be exposed. On the caliper their is a bleeder nut that needs to be loosened. Have one person depress the brake pedal slowly while you loosen the bleeder nut. Brake fluid and air will come out. As fluid is leaking out, tighten the bleeder nut. Repeat this process on the remaining three tires. * Now to explain it better ... you must first start bleeding your brakes with the back passenger side, then go to the back driver side and bleed them brakes, then go to the front passenger side and bleed them, then last but not least go to the front driver side and bleed them. That is how you bleed brakes. Pay close attention to the master cylinder fluid level. If you let it drop too far and get air in the lines this way, you'll have to start all over again. * Also depends on why you want to. If you just changed front pads & got some air in the bleed valves, there's no need to mess with the rear unless you gave it a chance to circulate. * Its easier if you take both front wheels off and there is a bleed nipple on the caliper it usually takes two people one person to pump the breaks up like ten times and then you loosen the nipple it will squirt fluid out you do this till you get a steady stream with no air bubbles or breaks in the flow make sure you keep your reservoir full so you don't run out and suck more air in it when you loosen the bleed nipple the person pushing the breaks should feel the pedal go to the floor answer get a friend that know how to do it to help you also get another friend to sit in car and operate pedal so you can be under car and see what is being done it is hard to explain without you actually seeing it if you do as told in first answer all you will be doing is letting a little air out and not doing it correctly also bleed wheel furthest from brake fluid reservoir first then next furthest wheel then 3rd furthest wheel then last the closest wheel in first answer it says go to back passenger side that is not correct if reservoir is on passenger side as happens on a lot on non American cars You can bleed brakes with one person. What you need is a small empty jar (small mayo jar) a foot of rubber hose tubing, brake fluid. Put a hole on the lid the size of the rubber tubing, mark a line 1/2 way up the jar and fill it with brake fluid to the line. Starting, from right front passenger wheel, right rear passenger, left rear passenger, and on to left front wheel. Start by ensuring brake fluid reservoir is properly filled to level and put cap back on. Stick rubber hose or tubing into the hole on jar and the other end into bottom of jar. Open first bleeder and go into car and pump at least 5-8 times, stop go back and check jar. If the fluid has risen above line, then your done with that wheel. Recheck the fluid in reservoir and fill as needed, continue procedure through out all the wheels, and top of reservoir when completed.

another option if you are bleeding only the front is to have the tube end in the fluid reservoir

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PREVENT BLEEDING BY TWO PERSON PRESSING FOOT OR A WOOD ON THE PEDAL SPECIALLY THAT ,THE MAIN KEY IS DONT BREAK OR BEAT YOUR BRAKE PUMPS OR MASTER CYLINDER OR CALIPER,IT HAS TO BE SMOOTH PUMP LIKE GRAVITY BLEED YOU WILL NOT HURT THE PUMP THAT YOU JUST HAVE WAIT YOU LOOSE ALITTLE PRESSURE JUST BECAUSE ITS GRAVITY, THEY WILL WORK,AS LONG AS THE BLEEDING TEQNICC LIKE VACUUM BLEEDER IS THE MAIN KEY NOTHING ELSE YOU WILL SAVE YOUR BRAKE PUMPS AT THE SAME TIME VIRGIN,THERE IS NO DISSAAPOINTMENT AS LONG YOU HAVE THE WHOLE SYSTEM NO LEAKS LIKE FLUID PIPE LINES LOOSE OR SOMETHING IT WILL BE THE BEST THING LIKE THE DEALERS DO,THE GREAT THING ABOUT THE TOOL YOU CAN BLEED HYDRAULIC CLUTCH AT THE SAME TIME,YOUR MAIN PART IS MAKE SURE THERE IS NO LEAKS ON THE SYSTEM,THATS IT YOU JUST SAVE YOURSELF SOME MONEY AND A DEALER JOB WELL DONE,CRAFTSMAN OR MYTIVAC BLEEDERS,

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Power Steering

What vehicles are brake fluid and power steering fluids interchangeable?

vehicles

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Dodge Ram

What type of brake fluid in a 2001 dodge ram1500?

dot 3 brake fluid.

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