Silicone and antilock brakes not compatible?


  #1  
Old 12-20-08, 08:30 AM
S
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 33
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Question Silicone and antilock brakes not compatible?

I’ve heard many people say that you shouldn’t use silicone brake fluid and antilock brakes systems. I was wondering if anyone knew the reasons why; if so Please elaborate.
 
  #2  
Old 12-20-08, 08:59 AM
HotxxxxxxxOKC's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 8,034
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Never even heard of it. I would only use brake fluid approved through the owners manual.
 
  #3  
Old 12-20-08, 01:41 PM
G
Member
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Hamilton County, Ohio
Posts: 4,295
Received 2 Votes on 2 Posts
Silicone brake fluid is commonly called DOT 5.
 
  #4  
Old 12-20-08, 03:41 PM
Speedwrench's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,697
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
the only reason not to use dot 5 is if you don't start from a totally clean system you can have corrosion problems due to the residue of dot3 fluid that was in the system before, dot 3 is hygroscopic and if any remains in say wheel cylinders or master cylinders it may cause corrosion with out being discovered until a real problem develops. also dot 5 is not compatible with all rubbers used in some brake systems, dot 3 is alcohol based and dot 5 is silicone based so not all systems will have compatible rubbers and seals.

life begins when the kids leave home and the dog dies
 
  #5  
Old 12-21-08, 09:48 AM
B
Member
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Near Philly
Posts: 553
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
  #6  
Old 12-21-08, 02:51 PM
Speedwrench's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,697
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
good post bob22, the first five i already knew about, the second was new to me and good info.

life begins when the kids leave home and the dog dies
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description: