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Old 04-29-2014, 12:57 AM   #15
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Buy a new fire extinguisher. The original is no good by now.

I carry several after a close call many years ago.

Sounds like you are pretty well set.

Oh. Bring lots of money, gas is $4.29 a gallon where I live.
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Old 04-29-2014, 03:04 AM   #16
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Since the coolant and brake fluid seem to be concerns, why not just have your coolant flushed/drained and refilled and at least have your brake lines inspected, The brake lines might very well need replacement in a 16 year old MH ?
That would give you a little peace of mind knowing those items have been addressed.
That's what I was thinking. Everything else seems to be attended to so why not take care of these two and give yourself the peace of mind if you are worried.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:56 AM   #17
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Brake fluid is indeed wise to be flushed every 3 years. At least that is what PBS' Motorweek states.
Color is also not necessarily an indication of the quality of the fluid anymore because it could be clear and still be contaminated with water.
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I agree!

It's true that hydraulic brake fluid "could be clear and still be contaminated with water".
However, if/when brake fluid IS the color of root beer, or maple syrup, it defiantly IS contaminated!
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My last big trip in my 1995 HR was a few years back when we went from Kentucky to Yellowstone and back. 109,000 miles on the clock. Keep them maintained and you'll be fine.
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:59 PM   #19
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My hydro max brake fluid reservoir has two caps on top. Why? Is the tank divided or can I just pick a cap? Manual doesn't address this
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My hydro max brake fluid reservoir has two caps on top. Why? Is the tank divided or can I just pick a cap? Manual doesn't address this
I have never seen 2 caps that are not divided.
I'm confused.... both of my brake fluid reservoir caps screw off... (no "picking" required).
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I'm mildly confused too. Both caps come off. So the reservoir must be chambered. This thing is so high up in the firewall, I'm lucky if I can get any fluid in there. I bought a syphon/ pump kit should I need it. This MH can make me feel real stupid at times. But I can't see paying for something I should be able to handle myself.
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The flushing of BF on a schedule is a fairly new concept in the automotive industry. I would say that started happening in the late 90's or early in 2000. In all my years of teaching and going to training seminars that topic never came up. Now that it seems to be a scheduled practice I can see where it does have benefits.

Keep in mind that the brake fluid does not circulate like oil. You don't get a chance to mix the stuff every time you drive your vehicle. Because it will absorb water from the air it's a good idea to change it every 2-3 or 3-4 years.

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