Tip & How-To about 2007 BMW 760Li Sedan

Changing brake fluid

ATE currently produces and markets two DOT4 brake fluids with the identical specifications: * Dry boiling point of 536 degrees Farenheit which is 122 degrees Farenheit above DOT4 Specifications, which is Super Racing Blue * Wet boiling point of 392 degrees Farenheit which is 113 degrees Farenheit above DOT4 Specifications, which is Original Brake Fluid TVP 200. Other than packaging, the primary difference between the two is color. The Blue is blue in color and the 200 is clear or light amber in color. This facilitates flushing and changing fluid such that if used alternately, the flusher will know that the job is done correctly when the color change is complete.

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Can I use DOT 4 brake fluid?

dot 4 brake fluid is suitable to top up all dot specified brake fluids
the dot fluids are glycol based fluids are are used widely in the transport industry
the are controlled standards issue by the department of transport (DOT) your car will not be using dot 5 fluid
the main differences between the dot standards is the boiling points of the fluids
for example dot 3 wet boiling point is 140c-284f
dot 4------------------------------------------155c-311f
a brake fluid compatibility chart shows the following
dot 3 with dot 3, dot 4 NOT dot 5 , dot 5.1
dot 4 compatible with dot3 dot4 NOT dot5 , dot 5.1
dot 5 Not Compatible with dot3,dot4, dot5.1
dot5.1 compatible with dot 3,dot4 dot5.1 not compatible with dot5
refe to site epicbleedsolutions.com for references
for any other information as to why boiling points are the main factors and why brake fluid should be changed on a regular basis go google and type in ---brake fluid dot specifications and compatibility--- and there are many informative sites available

Jan 04, 2016 | 2000 Hyundai Elantra

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what brake fluid is used is most vehicles with abs

A general DOT 3 brake fluid is use in small vehicles

Jun 11, 2014 | 2004 Pontiac Grand Am

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what type of brake fluid goes in a 2000 chevrolet silverado

The filler cap and manual both specify DOT 3--"Delco Supreme 11" or equivalent.
Lets look at what the DOT ratings mean. The table below shows the MINIMUM wet and dry boiling points for DOT 2, 3, 4, and 5 brake fluid in degrees fahrenheit.
Dry Boiling point 374 401 446 500
Wet boiling point 284 311 356

The DOT 2 spec is for drum brakes and is obsolete. If you have any DOT 2 in your garage, throw it away!
DOT 5 is for silicone brake fluid. Silicone brake fluid (DOT 5) should be avoided because it is not compatible with regular brake fluid, it is hard to pour without introducing bubbles and thus results in soft pedal feel, and moisture still gets into your system and will pool in low areas like your calipers and encourage rapid corrosion. STAY AWAY!
That leaves DOT 3 and DOT 4 fluids. These fluids are compatible with each other and may be interchanged or mixed with no ill effects.
I haven't had any problems at that time adding Prestone DOT 4 to the original GM fluid.
Changing BRAKE FLUID is a MUST. Most dealers recomend at 60K scheduled maintenance service.
The industry standard is every 3 to 4 years for DOT 3 and every 2 years for DOT 4 under normal driving conditions.

Nov 08, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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what type of brake fluid

DOT 3 minimum required, recommend DOT 4 (compatible, DOT4 has higher boiling point).

Apr 03, 2010 | 2000 GMC Safari

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What is the Euro3 standard for brake test of vehicle ?

To the best of my knowledge, European brake standards (or any standards) are set by testing the vehicle for brake fade during a series of normal and hard stops over a series of different road conditions. Systems are also tested for even braking where no pulling to either side or locking up under those same conditons are felt or measured. Aside from testing the vehicle, each component is tested under laboratory conditions to ensure that they conform to the manufacturers original specifications. Some aftermarket components will score higher on these tests and can be given a "performance" rating. Those that match OEM are marked that way.
This applies to brake fluid as well where the fluid is tested to determine how much moisture it absorbs and what it's boiling point is. The lowest acceptable scoring here will be DOT 3 which is OEM on many systems, higher being DOT4 required on many european cars (many older european cars also have seals that will react unfavorably to DOT3)
Highest rating would be a synthetic fluid that surpasses all OEM requirements.
Bottom line is the specs are set to keep the brake systems safe.

Oct 18, 2009 | 2006 Volvo V50

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