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I got new brakes...

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by dohch22a4, Jan 19, 2004.

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    dohch22a4 Senior Member

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    This past weekend I finally received my Hawk HPS pads and Brembo OE replacements. I really didn't think it was going to make much of a difference, but with DOT 5 fluid, those bitches grab. Holy crap, when slowing down from high speeds (70+ MPH) my car doesn't shake anymore. :D

    Oh, and just as an aside, my engine's turned 10 on Saturday. Stamped on the head: 94 1 17. Happy b-day to my engine, I guess. :)
     
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    DOT 5 fluid? What kind of setup are you running with your brakes?
     
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    Well, my dad works for the railroad and that's what they use to stop trains. It's all we had lying around the garage and it works pretty well. I just have the stock lines. Is that fluid too much for them?
     
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    At the very least, you should be running a full stainless steel setup, if not upgraded calipers, etc. You're asking for some trouble running DOT 5 fluid in a stock setup.
     
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    i wouldnt run any higher then dot 3 on stock rubber lines. get some stainless lines and they will be able to handle it, but its still not necessary. i have stainless lines and im only running dot 4. i use valvoline synpower brake fluid. it says exceeds dot 3 and 4, and it works great, but i definitely wouldnt be using dot 5 on rubber lines, thats jus asking for them to burst on you. knock it down to dot 3 on the rubber lines, or get some stainless lines. you can still use the dot 5 but you really dont need it unless you are running a really badass brake setup that really needs it.
     
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    u have a date stamped on your head? fuckin a! :) i wonder if i have one too.
     
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    Yeah, looking at the exhaust side of your head, right under the cam guides, you will see four little circles. The date will be stamped like this:

    9|4 |1 1|7

    ...where the | represents a line through the circle.

    Hmm... I'll have to bleed my lines and try the DOT 3. i guess I don't need train brake fluid, haha. :p
     
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    Make sure you clean ALL the DOT 5 out of your system. Bad things happend when you mix DOT 3 or 4 with DOT 5.
     
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    Cool, thanks.

    BTW, just out of curiosity, what exactly happens?
     
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    The mixture is very hard on all the seals in the system as well as the rubber in your lines. This can lead to leakage or complete brake system failure.
     
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