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Old 03-15-2014, 08:53 AM   #15
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What was your experience with mixing 3 and 5?
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:07 AM   #16
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My brake fluid got cloudy/clumpy. I thought I had flushed all the 3 out but did not. It just did not mix.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:15 AM   #17
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I have one of those mity vacs I am going to change it today and new pads.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:40 AM   #18
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The two fluids don't mix. You can get most of the dot3/4 out and put 5 in. It is hard to get all the old fluid out. What is left of the old fluid will still absorb water but it is still better than pure Dot3/4. The mixture of the two is like oil and water but the mixture still does not compress. NAPA usually has the DOT5 and you can get it online cheaper. The military use to use it in all their vehicles. They say not to put DOT5 in anti lock brake systems and that maybe true. What you might do is change out the fluid to DOT5 then flush again after a few months and that will dislodge more of the old fluid and other junk. I would do this right after driving so the two don't have as much time to separate.

Replacing the DOT3/4 fluid every year or so will work as well. I have found that stuff that is driven a lot works fine with the DOT3/4 and stuff that sits likes the DOT5.

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Just some pointers that I haven't seen mentioned yet here. I strongly recommend getting a 6 pointed socket to break the bleeder valve loose. Once loose any good open end or closed ended wrench that will reach will work. The bleeder valve seems to be a soft metal and if you round off the corners your job will suddenly become a major effort.
Replacing the fluid is important and should be done every few years. Cheap insurance to keep your brakes working up to snuff.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:13 AM   #20
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Line wrenches are worth the investment. That's all I would use on brake lines and bleeders. 6 point sockets are fine, but gets really messy. With line wrenches you can attache a hose to the bleeder nipple and be neat and still open and close without making a mess.
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:05 AM   #21
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It is not a bad idea to break the bleeder screw with a socket so you don't put a side load on it and make it more likely to break off. It might be a good idea to see if you can loosen the bleeders on all 4 wheels before you try to change fluid types. You won't want to get 3 of the 4 wheels done with DOT5 then the last bleeder screw breaks off before you can get all the fluid flushed.

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Old 03-15-2014, 01:59 PM   #22
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After looking over the brakes still look new and the fluid was a little low but looked clear I think I will wait till I have help. I am going to just have my wife operate my brakes while I bleed. Everything brake related looks fairly new. On another note I have 4 2001 tires that look smooth as new on the sides. at least they are tag and tandem.
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