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Old 05-11-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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Topped off brake lines with clutch fluid



So, doing a little maintenance today, I accidentally topped off my brake fluid reservoir with manual clutch fluid. I used a straw to siphon a bit out, but do ya'll think I should bleed the brakes, change the fluid, or take some other remedial measure?

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Old 05-11-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
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replace the fluid.

its a safety thing

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Old 05-11-2011, 03:02 PM   #3
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I thought the clutch and brake system both use brake fluid?
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:09 PM   #4
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I thought both used DOT 3 fluid, in which case you did the right thing in the first place. I haven't seen any cans in auto parts stores labeled "clutch fluid."
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:13 PM   #5
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sometimes the clutch fluid is labeled Non-DOT3

what does it say on your bottle of clutch fluid ?
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:22 PM   #6
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Well, both the clutch and brakes use DOT 3 brake fluid, but I put Coastal Manual Clutch Fluid into the brake fluid reservoir. I literally topped it off, so I'd say I used 1 tbsp, maybe 2 max.

This is what I used. It doesn't say so on the bottle, but the website lists it as DOT 3 clutch fluid. Is this the same thing?
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Should be fine.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:43 PM   #8
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DOT 3 brake fluid and DOT 3 clutch fluid are the same thing packaged for two different applications.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:55 PM   #9
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just as a tip, you shouldnt "top off" your brake fluid because now when you need to change front brakes and try to compress the caliper piston all that fluid is going to be forced back out the cap, if its low either your brakes are worn down too much or you have a leak, as long as its not below the 'add' line your fine , if it is below 'add' its time for an inspection,SOON!!LOL
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I guess PT BARNUM was correct......."clutch fluid".... indeed........

I guess there is a difference in "toilet water" and that stuff that comes out of the kitchen sink too.....BEFORE it goes in the toilet..... that is.....
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just as a tip, you shouldnt "top off" your brake fluid because now when you need to change front brakes and try to compress the caliper piston all that fluid is going to be forced back out the cap, if its low either your brakes are worn down too much or you have a leak, as long as its not below the 'add' line your fine , if it is below 'add' its time for an inspection,SOON!!LOL
Good advice, thanks. After siphoning out some oil and adding new DOT 3 brake fluid, I think I'm fine.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:58 PM   #12
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Good advice, thanks. After siphoning out some oil and adding new DOT 3 brake fluid, I think I'm fine.
Just to be clear, you're talking about CLUTCH fluid, not TRANSMISSION fluid, right? Shouldn't look much like oil.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:32 AM   #13
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Just to be clear, you're talking about CLUTCH fluid, not TRANSMISSION fluid, right? Shouldn't look much like oil.
Sorry for the late reply, but yeah, clutch fluid.

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