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#2204704 - 03/18/11 08:16 PM Brake fluid for Mercedes; DOT 4 Plus...
Galo Offline


Registered: 08/24/08
Posts: 23
Loc: Indy IN
...but apparently there is no DOT 4 Plus "rating", just DOT 4. Any info or suggestions?

Thank you.

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#2204720 - 03/18/11 08:39 PM Re: Brake fluid for Mercedes; DOT 4 Plus... [Re: Galo]
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Registered: 10/30/02
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Which year/model mercedes?
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#2204753 - 03/18/11 09:31 PM Re: Brake fluid for Mercedes; DOT 4 Plus... [Re: Galo]
Doug Hillary Offline


Registered: 05/30/03
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Hi,
Galo - This should be available from an MB Dealers. VW & Volvo use it too I believe
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#2204768 - 03/18/11 09:55 PM Re: Brake fluid for Mercedes; DOT 4 Plus... [Re: Galo]
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Registered: 02/02/09
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If it's a modern Mercedes-Benz, with systems like ABS, ASR and ESP, I'd recommend using ATE SL.6 brake fluid.
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#2204806 - 03/18/11 10:45 PM Re: Brake fluid for Mercedes; DOT 4 Plus... [Re: Galo]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Go to the MB Bevo site and they may list manufacturers, brands, etc.

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#2204830 - 03/18/11 11:23 PM Re: Brake fluid for Mercedes; DOT 4 Plus... [Re: Galo]
Ken2 Offline


Registered: 12/02/02
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Loc: Washington St.
Quote:
apparently there is no DOT 4 Plus "rating", just DOT 4
Yes, but...but there are fluids that are superior to DOT 4. As said above, buy from any European car dealership parts counter or one of the ATE or other European brands. DOT 5.1 is another unofficial rating, and probably the same as 4+. It meets the same performance standard as (silicone) DOT 5, but has the same chemical composition as DOT 4+, similar to DOT 4, close to DOT 3.
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#2205102 - 03/19/11 11:15 AM Re: Brake fluid for Mercedes; DOT 4 Plus... [Re: Galo]
unDummy Offline


Registered: 02/01/03
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The 4+/5.1 is a way of marketing something better than what the available spec is. Low Viscosity-DOT4 is another.

DOT4 is an excellent brake fluid. If you bleed every year or 2, you don't need to worry about moisture dropping the boiling point to danger zone, especially if you don't race or drive on the autobahn.

If you never plan on bleeding the system again, or purposely neglect the fluid, visit the dealer and buy the labeled DOT4+. I don't want you to be able to blame the fluid for failure caused by negligence or abuse.
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#2243557 - 04/26/11 05:49 AM Re: Brake fluid for Mercedes; DOT 4 Plus... [Re: Galo]
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At the auto repair shops I have worked at, we just use ordinary DOT4 and never have a problem.
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