Brake Fluid


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swivel
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Brake Fluid

Postby swivel » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:35 pm



Hello to every one ,I Am redoing the brake on my 87 Aspencade and was wandering if it the
Vaoline brand Synthetic dot 3/4 was ok to use or do I realy need a straight dot 4 brake fluid.



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tricky
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Re: Brake Fluid

Postby tricky » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:17 pm

The handbook calls for DOT 4
It seems that it is mostly synthetic that is available now. Not that you can't mix synthetic with none synthetic, but mostly if we're putting fluid in we're usually taking the old stuff out anyway.

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Re: Brake Fluid

Postby swivel » Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:26 pm

I am rebuilding the brake calipers and replaceing all the fluid , the Brake fluid is listed as Dot 3/4
it is aValonie product and syntheic I was wonder if anyone has use this type or not, no one carry dot 4 in my area
they carry dot3 and dot5 also dot 3/4 brake fluid but no dot 4. thanks swivel

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Re: Brake Fluid

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:17 pm

You'll be fine. Just don't use the Dot 5.
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Re: Brake Fluid

Postby swivel » Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:22 am

Thanks for the help,Hope to have her back together soon this my first goldwing so far
It has a adventure I am learing a lot from this web site and other postings to those of you
who this site you insight and that of others here are of a big help to me and other of less
or no experiecne with these wonderful machines thank-you all. swivel

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Re: Brake Fluid

Postby seabee_ » Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:02 pm

Dot 3 and Dot 4 are basically the same. The only real difference is Dot 4 has a higher boiling point. Dot 3 and 4 can be mixed, Dot 5 can not be mixed with 3 or 4. Hope this can clear any confusion.
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Re: Brake Fluid

Postby badwing1200 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:25 pm

No problems getting Dot 4 or 3 as far as I can see.

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Re: Brake Fluid

Postby Garycw » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:33 am

I'm also changing my fluid to the dot 3/4. I hadn't seen that before but as long as it meets Dot 4 classification it should be ok. I used to get straight dot 4 fluid at foreign car parts I think called Lama, but haven't seen in awhile.




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