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    Valvoline Dot 3/4 Hydraulic Fluid - acceptable?

    So I need some more fluid for my Avid Elixir brake system. This - http://www.valvoline.com/pages/produ...sp?product=138 - is this the best fluid available at my local auto parts store. Is this good enough for my brakes or should I look around more for some Motul branded fluid (which generally seems to be recommended on my MTBR searches)?

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    Yep, that's fine. I recommend it and the search will produce those results as well. I don't know how it differs from the other Valvoline synth we see at autozones, however.

    I would just go to the parts store and pick that up. It's easy and it's cheap.

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    Thanks Jerk. I already picked it up. I didn't do any research before walking into the auto store. I just bought the most expensive Dot 4 fluid I saw (being in the USA, no 5.1 available, of course). Worst case scenario, the fluid reduces my braking performance and I've wasted $3.61, right?

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    Many DOT 4 fluids have better temp handling than DOT 5.1. It's not always about the number. The valvoline will likely exceed or match the characteristics of the 5.1

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    Ummm...

    I thought that's why they made mountain-bike brake specific brake fluid.

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...hp?category=16
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    you're not going to notice a difference between motul, and the stores generic, cheapest dot3 brake fluid.

    valvoline syn is a very high quality, very high boiling point DOT4 fluid, with quality far beyond what you need for a bike. its a good choice.. cheap and reliable, readily available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain_bomber156
    I thought that's why they made mountain-bike brake specific brake fluid.

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...hp?category=16
    I actually snorted some mineral water into my nose when I laughed reading that post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    I actually snorted some mineral water into my nose when I laughed reading that post.
    why?
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    because theres no such thing as bike specific brake fluid. its normal brake fluid poured into a little bottle and marked up 10x.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmoto
    because theres no such thing as bike specific brake fluid. its normal brake fluid poured into a little bottle and marked up 10x.
    Ok.
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain_bomber156
    I thought that's why they made mountain-bike brake specific brake fluid.

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...hp?category=16
    Am I missing something? All it says is you can't put the wrong fluid into your brakes (which is correct), nothing about bike vs car brake fluids.

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