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I've finally finished running the brake lines and would like to know what type of brake fluid to use. I'm using Matco brake cylinders and matco disk brakes.
I like the idea of non-hydroscopic.. Is that what they mean by DOT 5?
Good decision, Dan. 5606 is great stuff, works well and is (even by normal petrochemical standards, let alone aircraft component standards) reasonably priced. And on top of that, it is what the manufacturer of your brake components says to use. Win win, all the way.
Thanks for all the feed back folks. I'm going with the 5056 (Airoshell 41) from Aircraft Spruce.
heres a little brake fluid info http://www.afcoracing.com/tech_pages/fluid.shtml
The Dot 5 has no water in so it can't freeze, you can get it at some auto stores, but like David posted, don't get Dot 5.1
We use red ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) from a 'recognised brand' it has worked fine for us - and we are hard on the brakes... (we cant get other fluids here, we get creative!) http://www.medicineonthemove.org/
My matco instructions said to use 5606. I just reviewed their website and under general technical information on their brakes saw a caution that DOT 5.1 fluid was not compatible with their Buna-N O-rings. Make sure to follow their recommendations.
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