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Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:04 pm 
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Hey guys, did a search, no real answers on this one

Im bleeding my brakes on the weekend - its a 95 EF Futura with ABS.

I have slotted fronts and EBC greenies up front.

I have bought this Castrol Super brake fluid, which says on the bottle it suits Dot 3, Dot 4 and Dot 5.1 applications. It also says that it should not be used where mineral brake fluid is recommended.

Ok, my question is, is it alright to use? Its supposed to keep cooler longer and for only 2 bucks more i thought it may be better than the 'normal' one

So yeah, after i bleed out the old 'normal' Dot 4 fluid, can i just place this one straight in?

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Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:43 pm 
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no you will need to flush the entire system first with on complete fill of the new stuff then drain and do another complete fill with a fresh load of the new stuff.

if that makes sence

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:10 pm 
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oh ok

in that case then i might just take it back and grab some normal stuff, i dont really think i need it for normal street use anyway

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:20 pm 
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Shouldn't be any reason you can't mix the different fluids.

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:20 pm 
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there is recall on some castrol brake fluid because of the fluid was boiling it was a dud mix so ask the bloke when you get some more what fluid was recalled i cant remeber what but i think it was dot 4 cheers

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:22 pm 
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yeha a bit of food for thought

i have to go back and buy a thermostat so i might double check everything then. its repco by the way

 

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I just flushed 2 cars last week, using Castrol Response Super Dot 4 fluid.

I found out the recall:

A lubricant packaged in a four litre DARK GREY bottle and incorrectly labelled as Castrol Response Dot 4 (brake fluid). The correctly labelled product for Castrol Response Dot 4 is a RED bottle. This correctly labelled product is not being recalled.

when I rang the toll free number, It turns out that '2' 4ltr bottles were labled
"Castrol Response Super Dot 4 fluid" but the back label was "TT 2 stoke oil"
kinda hard not to miss.!

none the less, my bottle wasn't the lucky dip! also u'd have to notice a color and viscosity difference if u put in 2 stroke oil!

 

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twr7cx wrote:
Shouldn't be any reason you can't mix the different fluids.


there can be plenty of reasons!

some brake fluids are synthentic and cannot be mixed with mineral brake fluids as they dont combine or can cause chemical reactions within the fluid

he wrote down that it was not to be mixed with mineral fluid

any standard brake fluid can be mixed with any other brake fluid this is the way they are made

 

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Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:56 pm 
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Disco Frank wrote:
he wrote down that it was not to be mixed with mineral fluid


No, if you read it right, he actually wrote that this fluid was not to be used were mineral based fluid was required! Nothing about not to mix it!

 

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twr7cx wrote:
Disco Frank wrote:
he wrote down that it was not to be mixed with mineral fluid


No, if you read it right, he actually wrote that this fluid was not to be used were mineral based fluid was required! Nothing about not to mix it!


If you can't use it in a car requriing a mineral based fluuid, why on earth do you think it'd then be ok to mix it...

 

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Is that the stuff in the silver bottle?

That's the stuff I got, brought two bottles, and kept bleeding the system til I was out.

I got another bottle a couple of months later and bled it again just to be sure.

Now that I know what's in the car I feel more confident that two different types aren't mixing, not that there's probably anything wrong with that.

 

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Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:18 pm 
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data_mine wrote:
twr7cx wrote:
Disco Frank wrote:
he wrote down that it was not to be mixed with mineral fluid


No, if you read it right, he actually wrote that this fluid was not to be used were mineral based fluid was required! Nothing about not to mix it!


If you can't use it in a car requriing a mineral based fluuid, why on earth do you think it'd then be ok to mix it...


I'm not saying that at all. In my postt hat you have quoted I am mearly pointing out to frank that he didn't either not understand or more than likely just didn't read it properly (as I don't doubt his intelegence in the matter) what the original post had said.
In my previous post I was implying that it is fairly safe to mix most standard conventional brake fluids that are Dot 3 or 4 or even 5.1 (Dot 5 cannot be used in the other applications though).

 

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Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:44 pm 
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first off use a syringe, or something to remove all the old fluid from the reservoir.
then top with the new stuff and bleed away.
you will more than likely need 1 litre to do it properly.

although its not ideal to mix the fluids some is always gonna happen, so just try to minimise it.

 

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Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:27 pm 
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yeah

its surprising the bottle doesnt mention things like mixing fluids. you would think that on such a critical safety item that they could at least include 1 sentence advising if it is ok to mix with standard fluid

yes, it is the one in the silver bottle

voxace - did you notice any difference using the new 'super' fluid? or a bit of an advertising stunt to rake in more $$$ ?

i think ill change it for normal stuff, just to be on the safe side

 

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Nah I didn't notice any difference, but I don't really give my brakes a hard time.

 

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