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What type of Brake Fluid?....

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Hello all! This car is kicking me all around right now. I just bought a new brake master cylinder, only to find out during installation that one of the hard lines has stripped threads....and now the brake reservoir broke at the stems.....blah.

Anyway, once I get all that squared away, what type of brake fluid does this vehicle use? DOT3 DOT4? Anything in particular? I was trying to look up the info in my documents, but haven't come up with anything.

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RE: What type of Brake Fluid?....

Any good brand of DOT3 or DOT4 will work. I usually use Castrol LMA or Havoline Synthetic.

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RE: What type of Brake Fluid?....

I prefer to use ATE SuperBlue. It is easy to tell when you have flushed the system out, plus the higher boiling point is a plus. I have been using that in my shop exclusively for over 3 years.

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RE: What type of Brake Fluid?....

Thanks guys! Once I get that new brake reservoir and square the line away, I'll add in some DOT4.
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RE: What type of Brake Fluid?....

I know on my 69 220d you're supposed to use dot3 and nothing above. I don't know if this is true, but a MB mechanic said the rubber elements in the braking system changes in makeup as well as other things, so that you should not go above that recommended. I'm sure you can do a search and find out whether dot4 would be ok.
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