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Re: Adding brake fluid on a deco truck?
Paul_WNC #1074003 Thu Dec 18 2014 05:00 PM
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With a good brake system, topping off the brake fluid should be an annual event at most. I usually checked fluid at every oil change back when I had an under-floor MC on some of the vehicles I drove in the 1960's, and it was very seldom I had to add any unless a wheel cylinder started leaking.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Adding brake fluid on a deco truck?
Paul_WNC #1074015 Thu Dec 18 2014 05:38 PM
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Wow, this topic sure is dancing close to a fine line but Jerry has done a great job keeping it on point, (though I will admit to a few chuckles myself).

Sparky46, I agree with Jerry. Once you have completed the task of filling the MC, the job should be complete. If you have to constantly check the MC for fluid loss, you have another issue that needs to be addressed.


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Re: Adding brake fluid on a deco truck?
Paul_WNC #1074265 Fri Dec 19 2014 04:38 PM
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Sweet, 10K+ posts have done a pretty good job of teaching me what the PC Patrol will tolerate, which seems to vary according to who's moderating. I can live with it, I guess!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Adding brake fluid on a deco truck?
Paul_WNC #1074297 Fri Dec 19 2014 07:46 PM
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That is true, I'll admit I watched this a little closer to make sure it stayed on task. Thanks for all your good advice Jerry. Having someone with as much experience as you on this site helps to solve many pesky issues.


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Re: Adding brake fluid on a deco truck?
Paul_WNC #1074614 Sun Dec 21 2014 07:37 PM
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Has anybody used a flexible necked 'pump' type oil can for this? (Sort of like the tin man used in the wizard of oz). I need to get in there and check mine, and saw the old Moore type, and was hoping to come across one of those, but it looks like that won't be an option. I figure it would take a lot of squirts to fill it, but for just a top off, it seems like it might work with a long necked oil can. ???

Re: Adding brake fluid on a deco truck?
Paul_WNC #1074617 Sun Dec 21 2014 07:48 PM
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Just be sure the pump can is brand new and has NEVER had petroleum-based oil in it, or flush it repeatedly with alcohol before putting brake fluid into it. NEVER, EVER ALLOW PETROLEUM TO GET INTO A BRAKE SYSTEM, EVEN A TINY BIT!

Rant mode off- - - - -even a slight bit of oil in a brake system will contaminate the fluid and damage all the rubber parts. I've actually advised a customer to junk her car rather than go to the expense of rebuilding a brake system after someone put power steering fluid into the master cylinder. The lady's boyfriend was an alcoholic, and he just HAD to get to the liquor store for another bottle. No brake fluid handy, so he used PS fluid! The car wasn't worth the cost of replacing all the rubber parts in the brake system!
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Adding brake fluid on a deco truck?
Paul_WNC #1365609 Fri Jun 19 2020 06:29 PM
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Let's not forget, neat and clean were not issues 70 years ago. A funnel and a rag is your best bet. A small turkey baster isn't such a bad idea. "You didn't hear it from me." lol

Re: Adding brake fluid on a deco truck?
Paul_WNC #1365617 Fri Jun 19 2020 07:35 PM
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I used a little refillable condiment squeeze bottle with the pointed nozzle to squirt brake fluid into my under floor master.

Something like this:
[img]https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/00...h=612&odnHeight=612&odnBg=ffffff[/img]

Last edited by EchoBravoSierra; Fri Jun 19 2020 07:36 PM.
Re: Adding brake fluid on a deco truck?
Paul_WNC #1365635 Fri Jun 19 2020 10:19 PM
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The trouble with a turkey baster is brake fluid fumes have deteriorated the rubber squeeze bulb on mike.

Ed


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