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Bleeding brakes

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Jolly Onion, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. Dec 19, 2016 at 7:57 PM
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    Jolly Onion

    Jolly Onion [OP] Cheap is not Good & Good is not Cheap

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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

    1) We all know Toyota recommends DOT 3, and many agree that DOT 4 is fine to use as it has a higher boiling point. Is this 100% true? I do not want to damage seals etc.

    2) I would like to use a different color brake fluid as well. What do you use?

    3) Has anyone used a syringe for bleeding brakes? Seems like a clean, one man way of doing the job with no air bubble issues.

    https://www.amazon.com/VvW-Plastic-...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=2MP2Q79T46NANEMMFBW6

    Also a nice tool to have for taking out excess oil, trans fluid etc.

    Have a good one Gentlemen.

    Alex
     
  2. Dec 19, 2016 at 10:22 PM
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    mechanicjon They call me "Jonny Stubs"

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    I've mixed them and subsatuted Dot 4 for dot 3. They're foward compatible. You can't put dot 3 inn a dot 4 system.
     
  3. Dec 20, 2016 at 10:01 AM
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    Carefull with dot 4. It will withstand higher heat, the down side is it will also attract moisture. Your not on a race track pushing hard on your parts, no need for #4.
     
  6. Dec 21, 2016 at 9:28 AM
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    Thanks for the info

    What brand DOT 3 do you recommend that is a different color than the factory color. I want to see the new fluid coming out and the color will help my old eyes see it better.
     
  7. Dec 21, 2016 at 9:38 AM
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    All brake fluid will pull moisture from the air if left open in the bottle or master cylinder cap left off for extended periods. Why not go the easy route and get a piece of tubing that fits over the bleeder then put that into a bottle partially filled with brake fluid. One man job!
     
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  8. Dec 21, 2016 at 9:48 AM
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    Can't say that i've ever seen brake fluid purposely colored. It's clear with a slight haze of blue or turning brown form moisture.
     
  9. Dec 21, 2016 at 12:55 PM
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    Thanks Gents for the replies

    What DOT 3 brand do you prefer?
     
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