Brake Fluid??? - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Forum Ford Forum

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
ยป Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > The Garage - Tech Forums > Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Auto Loans Garage Mark Forums Read Auto Escrow

Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes Sponsored by: Discount Tire Direct

FordForums.com is the premier Ford Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-06-2002, 20:27   #1 (permalink)
Powered by HAD
 
AusXH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Central Coast NSW
Age: 32
Posts: 1,328
confused Brake Fluid???

The brake warning light came on in my XH panel van the other day, so I checked the fluid and sure enough its very low.

The owners manual specifies Motocraft R1-39A fluid, but I have a bottle of moble fluid around here somewhere.

My first question is, I know you can't mix the fluids but is there a way to drain the existing fluid out of the system and refill it all???

or is it easier to go and buy some of the motorcraft stuff (probably cost me an arm and a leg) and be done with it???

Second question is, why TF would it be using brake fluid? There are no notciable leaks anywhere that I can see, but I'd like to track down what is happening to it. Anyone had this problem before?

cheers all.
__________________
PVTXR01
AusXH is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-06-2002, 20:39   #2 (permalink)
Territory TS - AWD
 
RAPTOR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Kiama, NSW, Australia
Age: 50
Posts: 2,374
How are the pads?

As they wear down more fluid will be retained in the pipes/pistons and not in the reservior.

To drain just bleed brakes while refilling with fresh fluid until the new fluid is seen at the bleeder - start at the wheel furthest from the reservior.
__________________
Territory - WHEELS COTY
RAPTOR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2002, 22:55   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Perth
Posts: 1,386
Just note that you cant simply drain and refill with brake fluid. You have to pump a little out and then put a little new fluid in, as RAPTOR has said. Definately a 2 person job.

Not sure what the story is on mixing the two, I thought it would have been ok... no real hassles.

Cheers
Matt
__________________
EL driver...
Futura97 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2002, 22:56   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Qld
Age: 61
Posts: 58
Possible leak at the back of the brake cyl into the booster, if no other leaks are to be found.
Station-rat
station-rat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2002, 23:22   #5 (permalink)
Australian EB Fairmont Ghia Member
 
eb_5litre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Newcastle NSW
Posts: 1,151
Ive never had a problem mixing fluids.
__________________
Signatures are for poofs !!

1993 EBII Fairmont Ghia 5.0L Wagon,
Lowered, Tinted, 17" Speedy Ravens & 2.5" Sports Exhaust.
( 1 of 26 built )

AND

1985 Telstar TX5 Turbo, stock as a rock.
eb_5litre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2002, 23:57   #6 (permalink)
Territory TS - AWD
 
RAPTOR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Kiama, NSW, Australia
Age: 50
Posts: 2,374
Quote:
Originally posted by eb_5litre
Ive never had a problem mixing fluids.
No, neither have I.
I wouldn't be surprised if its just a marketing ploy to get you to buy more stuff.
__________________
Territory - WHEELS COTY
RAPTOR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2002, 15:53   #7 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Posts: 105
Regarding mixing brake fluids I would issue a word of caution. Yes you can mix the same types of brakes fliuds but you can't mix synethic brake fluids and normal brake fluid.
smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2002, 17:31   #8 (permalink)
T5 Expert Operator
 
XR_Strider_GuY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: 3Fb Skunk Works(JXR01 Dev)
Age: 34
Posts: 6,542
XH, First thing is i highly doubt your brakes are leaking fluid. As the pads wear the piston takes the float hence the fluid goes down on the reservoir. When you put a set of new pads it should go back up to original level maybe a tad less.

I must admit i tend to top up the brake fluid so i know theres ample fluid for the brakes to work to it's potential. But when i change the pads i make sure that some of the fluid is taken out to prevent spillage.

About mixing brake fluid it's all good just make sure it's the same DOT rating either DOT3 or 4 don't mix the different DOT rating together. The colour of the fluid is a dye.
I use the Castrol stuff which is clear.
__________________
Motor May 2001 Quote: "Believe it or not, there are actually a bunch of weirdos out there who reckon a six cylinder is the dux gutz. Bugger it: I'm one of them" :s5

AUII Late Ed XR6 HP T5 Venom- Full Tickford Body Kit, 17in Wheels, Herrod Bi-plane Spoiler, Momo Steer/Gear, T-Series Interior Options, Premium Stereo and a very light-tuned 4.0L I6

(FPV-Tickford Club of NSW Member and Co-Founding Member of 3FB Inc, Ford Forums Food Bandits)
XR_Strider_GuY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2002, 16:41   #9 (permalink)
Powered by HAD
 
AusXH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Central Coast NSW
Age: 32
Posts: 1,328
Thanks all very much for your reply's, much appreciated :s4

While checking all the brake pads (which seem to be ample 3-4mm on most) I noticed a broken hose which connects to the brake lines sitting on top of the diff. I presume this is where all my fluid went :crazy1: When I get my digi cam back I'll post a pic of where I mean.

While I had the wheels off I checked the operation of all the calliper pistons which were all good. While trying to take off one of the wheels I found a wheel nut which had been cross-threaded (curses wheel places and their air guns) which made things fun :crazy1:

So all I've got to do now is get some fluid that is the same type or DOT rating.

Thanks again guys :s4
__________________
PVTXR01
AusXH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2002, 18:46   #10 (permalink)
Powered by HAD
 
AusXH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Central Coast NSW
Age: 32
Posts: 1,328
Anyone know what the DOT rating of the motorcraft fluid is? The bottle of stuff I have is DOT 4 grade 3, whatever that means...

EDIT: Okay, as a reference for others, the motorcraft fluid ESZ M6C 55A (R1-39A) is a DOT 4 grade 3 fluid. :s4
__________________
PVTXR01
AusXH is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > The Garage - Tech Forums > Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
4 speed Auto Fluid Transfusion psproule Trans | Driveline 12 03-30-2003 19:58
Putting the Brakes on the Boss RPO83 FPV & Tickford Forum 11 01-28-2003 14:59
Brake fluid change b-juggles Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes 2 01-06-2003 18:26
Auto Fluid Transfusion psproule Trans | Driveline 9 12-15-2002 19:51
Brake fluid Pete84 Suspension | Wheels&Tires | Brakes 2 04-02-2002 21:04

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:25.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.