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Old 08-30-2016, 02:03 PM   #29
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Karl. Here is a line from the first referenced article. Perhaps you missed it.

"After only a year of service, the brake fluid in the average vehicle may contain as much as two percent water. After 18 months, the level of contamination can be as high as three percent. And after several years of service, it is not unusual to find brake fluid that contains as much as seven to eight percent water."

Sounds to me like moisture in brake systems is normal and expected.

I'm sorry for sidetracking this thread, but this is a safety issue first and foremost and when you are piloting an 8 to 10 ton vehicle down the road, having a reliable and fully functioning brake system is the responsible and right thing to do and the cost and trouble to flush the fluid is minimal.

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Old 09-03-2016, 12:42 PM   #30
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Fair enough...

I believe the fault may be that everyone is over simplifying the water intrusion...

I will acknowledge that most manufacturers suggest replacement of the fluid at some point, it is never considered permanent.

I believe that even with seals, there is some moisture intrusion. That builds up to a level where at least some compromised function can be predicted.

So, I aqueous, the fluid should be replaced at some interval. I guess we need all consider our own interval, based on what we feel is a good source of information.

I was mostly responding to the comments about air going into the wheel cylinders and calipers in the normal function of those devices. That does not happen.

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Old 09-03-2016, 01:11 PM   #31
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Well, I haven't seen the OP back but you were right in my part of tex!!! Hope you got your brakes better.
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I'm still here; I've been able to stomp on the brake pedal a bit now and then. The pedal is hard and doesn't creep downward and so far I haven't found a sign of a leak.

I'll be driving a bit in a couple of weeks and will be careful and keep checking for a leak.

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