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DOT 3 Synthetic Brake Fluid #5213653 09/15/19 06:36 PM
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Bought some of this Lucas DOT 3 non-petroleum Synthetic brake fluid. Are there any perceived advantages of a DOT 3 Synthetic brake fluid? Thanks.

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If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: DOT 3 Synthetic Brake Fluid [Re: Snagglefoot] #5213656 09/15/19 06:42 PM
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Nothing beat valvoline dot3 dot 4 synthetic brake fluid .

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Aren't all DOT 3, 4, 4LV, and 5.1 fluids synthetic?


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Re: DOT 3 Synthetic Brake Fluid [Re: Snagglefoot] #5213662 09/15/19 06:46 PM
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There is no "perceived advantages of a DOT 3 Synthetic brake fluid" because all brake fluid is synthetic.

Re: DOT 3 Synthetic Brake Fluid [Re: MetalSlug] #5213687 09/15/19 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by MetalSlug
Nothing beat valvoline dot3 dot 4 synthetic brake fluid .


Actually the specs for Valvoline aren't that great but it's probably one of the cheapest dot 3/4 fluid you can buy, at least in the US. Otherwise I'd just go for a Dot 4 fluid.

Re: DOT 3 Synthetic Brake Fluid [Re: Snagglefoot] #5213711 09/15/19 07:47 PM
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whats the application? for a corolla on flat land no difference, for a big heavy vehicle on mountains roads. mabye but not that much.

Re: DOT 3 Synthetic Brake Fluid [Re: danez_yoda] #5213720 09/15/19 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by danez_yoda
whats the application? for a corolla on flat land no difference, for a big heavy vehicle on mountains roads. mabye but not that much.


Ha ha. Big heavy vehicle on mountainous roads. But so far the consensus seems to be it’s just advertising. Am I not correct?


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: DOT 3 Synthetic Brake Fluid [Re: Snagglefoot] #5213999 09/16/19 05:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
Originally Posted by danez_yoda
whats the application? for a corolla on flat land no difference, for a big heavy vehicle on mountains roads. mabye but not that much.


Ha ha. Big heavy vehicle on mountainous roads. But so far the consensus seems to be it’s just advertising. Am I not correct?


It is Lucas after all. Lol.

Between their oil saver and synthetic brake fluid, they have to make ends meet somehow.


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This seems to be the latest marketing trend - fully synthetic brake fluids.

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When I was buying Valvoline 25+ years ago the bottle said "synthetic." As stated above, ALL brake fluids are "synthetic."

Re: DOT 3 Synthetic Brake Fluid [Re: MetalSlug] #5214818 09/17/19 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by MetalSlug
Nothing beat valvoline dot3 dot 4 synthetic brake fluid .


False. DOT 3 is a standard and whether it is Valvoline,generic auto parts brand, or fancy brand they are all the same.

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Originally Posted by MetalSlug
Nothing beat valvoline dot3 dot 4 synthetic brake fluid .


Castrol SRF would like a word....


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Re: DOT 3 Synthetic Brake Fluid [Re: AC1DD] #5216208 09/18/19 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by AC1DD
Originally Posted by MetalSlug
Nothing beat valvoline dot3 dot 4 synthetic brake fluid .


False. DOT 3 is a standard and whether it is Valvoline,generic auto parts brand, or fancy brand they are all the same.

That would also be my reply. DOT 3 is DOT 3 is DOT 3. That is the spec for that brake fluid. If it says DOT 3 on the container and your vehicle calls for DOT 3, use it.

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Originally Posted by AC1DD
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Nothing beat valvoline dot3 dot 4 synthetic brake fluid .


False. DOT 3 is a standard and whether it is Valvoline,generic auto parts brand, or fancy brand they are all the same.


You have it the other way around. Dot 3 is a standard. But the Valvoline fluid meets both Dot 3 and Dot 4 standards. There are also Dot 4 + fluids which is basically fluids that exceed the boiling points that Dot 4 calls out.

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Originally Posted by Wolf359
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Originally Posted by MetalSlug
Nothing beat valvoline dot3 dot 4 synthetic brake fluid .


False. DOT 3 is a standard and whether it is Valvoline,generic auto parts brand, or fancy brand they are all the same.


You have it the other way around. Dot 3 is a standard. But the Valvoline fluid meets both Dot 3 and Dot 4 standards. There are also Dot 4 + fluids which is basically fluids that exceed the boiling points that Dot 4 calls out.


Some older cars especially Japanese cars until the early 1990s actually specify ONLY DOT 3 due to certain additives in a DOT 4 compatible formula that can damage the older seals.

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