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Synthetic Brake Fluid? #4625947
01/06/18 01:56 PM
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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.

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Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4625950
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What is synthetic brake fluid?


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4625960
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All brake fluid is synthetic.


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Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: zrxkawboy] #4625961
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Originally Posted By: zrxkawboy
All brake fluid is synthetic.
+1


2015 RAM SXT Crew Cab 5.7 with 6 speed tranny.

2008 Mazda 3 GS Sport Hatchback 5sp MT (Girlfriend's car)

Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4625967
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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

Last edited by Iowegian; 01/06/18 02:16 PM.

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Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: CT8] #4625989
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Originally Posted By: CT8
What is synthetic brake fluid?
Either glycol or silicone.

Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4626003
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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.

Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4626005
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I feel trouble brewing with the fluid change.


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Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: CT8] #4626027
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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?


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

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Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4626043
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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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Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4626055
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^^ That.

I sincerely hope you don't drain the brake fluid THEN fill. You're asking for more work.


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Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4626060
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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.


Barry

1979 BMW R45 (Triple QX 5W40)
2009 Mercedes C180K (Shell Helix Ultra 5W40)
Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4626071
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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

Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: slacktide_bitog] #4626078
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Yes and Napa carries the Valvoline synthetic brake fluid, sometimes on sale. Good stuff!

Re: Synthetic Brake Fluid? [Re: lawnguy] #4626623
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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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