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#4625947 - 01/06/18 12:56 PM Synthetic Brake Fluid?
lawnguy Offline


Registered: 08/17/14
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2000 F150 4.6 V8 - What is the total amount of brake fluid does my truck need after draining out all the fluid?
I was going to buy either valvoline or amsoil synthetic brake fuild.


Edited by lawnguy (01/06/18 12:58 PM)

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#4625950 - 01/06/18 12:58 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
CT8 Offline


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What is synthetic brake fluid?
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#4625960 - 01/06/18 01:07 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
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All brake fluid is synthetic.
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#4625961 - 01/06/18 01:08 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: zrxkawboy]
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Originally Posted By: zrxkawboy
All brake fluid is synthetic.
+1
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#4625967 - 01/06/18 01:12 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
Iowegian Offline


Registered: 01/05/17
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Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: lawnguy
2000 F150 4.6 V8 - What is the total amount of brake fluid does my truck need after draining out all the fluid?
I was going to buy either valvoline or amsoil synthetic brake fuild.


AutoZone's duralast brake fluid has the same specs as amsoil for much cheaper.
Thinking it may be the same stuff, just rebranded?

Link to discussing this
https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4542936/Re:_Amsoil_dot_3_&_4_=#Post4542936


Edited by Iowegian (01/06/18 01:16 PM)
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#4625989 - 01/06/18 01:27 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: CT8]
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Registered: 05/26/14
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Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
Originally Posted By: CT8
What is synthetic brake fluid?
Either glycol or silicone.

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#4626003 - 01/06/18 01:37 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
1maniac Offline


Registered: 10/11/02
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I use a pressurized brake bleeder that attaches to the master cylinder. It requires two (2) quarts of fluid be added to it's tank, threaded onto master cylinder fluid reservoir, and pressurized. Two quarts should be enough no matter what method you choose.

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#4626005 - 01/06/18 01:39 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
CT8 Offline


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I feel trouble brewing with the fluid change.
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#4626027 - 01/06/18 02:07 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: CT8]
Leo99 Offline


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Originally Posted By: CT8
I feel trouble brewing with the fluid change.


What could go wrong after you pull the drain plug?
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#4626043 - 01/06/18 02:30 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
BHopkins Offline


Registered: 11/03/13
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When doing a brake fluid job, you don't really drain all the old fluid before adding the new. Instead, you push the old out with the new.

That said, typically 1 qt is enough for a complete change on most cars and small/medium SUVs. But 2 quarts will assure you that there is plenty.
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#4626055 - 01/06/18 02:36 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
ZebRuaj Offline


Registered: 10/14/16
Posts: 153
Loc: MN
^^ That.

I sincerely hope you don't drain the brake fluid THEN fill. You're asking for more work.
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#4626060 - 01/06/18 02:44 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
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Registered: 01/09/16
Posts: 312
Loc: Cheshire, England
To answer the original question I cant say for your particular vehicle but mine can't be more than 1/2 a quart in total system volume and that's all that I use in a normal change. Filling from empty is a different proposition as you can waste a lot trying to get all the air out.

The synthetic thing comes up regularly. Normal Dot 4 brake fluid has always been synthetic and the only change is the manufacturers started labelling it as synthetic for a marketing edge.
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#4626071 - 01/06/18 02:58 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6176
Loc: USA
Valvoline brake fluid is good stuff at a great price. It is much more important that it is changed regularly than what brand you use.

A quart or liter bottle is usually enough for a flush. Speed bleeders are awesome smile

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#4626078 - 01/06/18 03:11 PM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10179
Loc: OH
Yes and Napa carries the Valvoline synthetic brake fluid, sometimes on sale. Good stuff!

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#4626623 - 01/07/18 07:08 AM Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy]
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My 92 Oldsmobile took right at a quart. My 90 240 Volvo has 10 bleeders, and it used about 1 1/4 quarts. Advance Auto had their store brand brake fluid on sale, so that's what I used.

I used a Harbor Freight pneumatic brake fluid bleeder. Very good tool for a one man operation, but you do need an air compressor. Suck the old fluid out of the reservoir, and fill it with new. Then have at it.

https://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/brakes/brake-fluid-bleeder-92924.html
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