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post #1 of 5 Old 12-02-2012, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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New Front Brake Line: Am I Screwed?

I installed a Galfer braided steel brake line up front. Did a pretty good job, considering no mityvac to help with the bleeding. I'm looking up how to install the new pads, and come across a post about "don't use aged brake fluid" because it absorbs moisture and blah blah blah, explosions, other bad things. Of course, the fluid I just installed had been sitting in its container (capped, not sealed) for over a year. Last time I used it was for a different bike I used to own.

I want to know: Can I save this by bleeding out the old shit as I feed the caliper NEW fluid that I will purchase shortly?

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Sure, just keep the reservoir full and keep doing the bleeding BS and it will sooner than later flush the olderfluid out and you will be able to ride with a peacefull mind. I have started, well, for a few years now, using the synthetic brake fluid. It doesn't attack painted surfaces etc like the good old stuff. Sure just like anything else somewhat new, it is a bit more expensive. But I don't have to worry about it eating anything it accidently lands on. I still wipe it off the tires asap....just in case.
But any new fluid will be ok to use, if you strongly feel it's necessary to flush out the old and in with the new....?
I have brake fluid sitting on my shelf for longer than a year and still use it when I need it.......yes it's capped...wtf??? How long did this fluid stand on a shelf before I was lucky enough to buy it? There may be less into it many they make out worry wise....?

Just a thought....? I don't know if this subject is totally correct or not......sorry.???

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good point about sitting on the shelf. i may just do it for peace of mind. The stuff that's in there now is also the synthetic stuff, so i'll stick with that. any other particular benefits to it other than it being less corrosive?

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good point about sitting on the shelf. i may just do it for peace of mind. The stuff that's in there now is also the synthetic stuff, so i'll stick with that. any other particular benefits to it other than it being less corrosive?

DOT 3/4/5.1 fluid absorb moisture. That's the reason to keep the top on the can tight. It doesn't have an expiration date from manufacturing.

DOT 5 is a silicone base fluid that doesn't absorb water but you can't mix it with the glycol based fluids. Changing out the brakes lines would be a good time to switch to it IMHO.

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DOT 5 is a silicone base fluid that doesn't absorb water but you can't mix it with the glycol based fluids. Changing out the brakes lines would be a good time to switch to it IMHO.
Funny enough, I did change out the lines. I wish I knew I could change out the fluid if I changed the line as well. Oh well. I just re-bled with some brand-spankin-new, fresh fluid, and we're BITEY. those steel braided lines sorta make a difference!

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