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as i was cleaning my engine bay the other day i notice brake fluid was runing low tried doin a search but all i found is recommendatiosn for racing brake

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Old 04-26-2010, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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as i was cleaning my engine bay the other day i notice brake fluid was runing low
tried doin a search but all i found is recommendatiosn for racing brake fluid(ie motul/endless)

besides those anyone recomened something i can buy at autozone/pepboys?
car is mainly street/canyons

*or should i just buy nissan brake fluid to be on the safe side?

thanks
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I heard motul RBF 600 is good, as I'll probably get that brand when I switch to SS brake lines. Anyone know how many bottles I'll need? How Long it will last?
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if i buy the motul is it safe to mix it with the current fluid on the resevoir as a temporary fill?
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Well since I will have to drain the current fluid when I change the brake lines, everything will work out & be new.
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i think stock is Dot 3 fluid. so u cant mix it with DOT 4.
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as i was cleaning my engine bay the other day i notice brake fluid was runing low
tried doin a search but all i found is recommendatiosn for racing brake fluid(ie motul/endless)

besides those anyone recomened something i can buy at autozone/pepboys?
car is mainly street/canyons

*or should i just buy nissan brake fluid to be on the safe side?

thanks
The fluid level drops as the brake pads wear, which is normal. Check your pads before filling the reservoir.

I recommend AP Racing Formula 5.1 fluid for street and light track use. AP600 for serious track work.

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i think stock is Dot 3 fluid. so u cant mix it with DOT 4.
Dot 4 is Dot 3 compatible, it's basically just a higher spec of Dot 3.
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OO sorry, nvm then
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Amsoil Series 600 DOT 4. Its going in mine once I switch pads.



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DOT 4 has a significantly higher cold viscosity than DOT 3 and is not as compatible with ABS in cold climates. If you are going to be in an area where temps get low, I'd go with Motul DOT 5.1 as it has a thinner viscosity for keeping the ABS happy and has very good boiling point stats. It also wont need to be changed as often as racing brake fluid.
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To answer your question as to something you can buy at the local auto parts store, for street use, and even occassional light track use, I recommend Valvoline Synthetic. Its a great fluid with a relatively high boil point, and what I put in all of my customers cars when I do brake swaps for them. Until this car, its what I always used when tracking my 350z and C6 also, with no problems and a much lower cost than all the fancy stuff.

Now I use Brembo fluid. Its as good as the others, and just slightly cheaper where I get it from.
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Castrol SRF if you track your car
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+1 on SRF. But yes, complete overkill if you only drive on the street.

Although, 90% of the crap (sorry, I mean mods) that members bolt onto their cars are complete overkill...
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yup, 2 piece rotor, etc.
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True, but would it not be safer and bring piece of mind that no matter what you can throw at your car, every part will be up to the task and more? At least that is how I rationalize a lot of modding haha.
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