Lotus Elan

Dot 5 (silicone) Brake Fluid

PostPost by: elan_fan » Wed May 05, 2004 6:37 pm

Hi Loti cognisenti what are your opinions on silicone fluid and its use in a drained system that has had glycol fluid in it.

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Mark Evans
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PostPost by: brian wilson » Wed May 05, 2004 11:38 pm

all my cars are running on silicon

Cooper s, Plus 2, Europa.


All were drained of old fluid, flushed with methylated spirits and bled on silicon.


5 years later no problems on brakes or clutches except for slightly heavier pedal.

No more corrosion or brake rebuilds!!

Sprocket
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PostPost by: ssloan » Fri May 07, 2004 11:29 am

:huh: I am just now finishing rebuilding the brakes and clutch hydraulics on my own plus 2 in order to change over to silicone fluid.
I am doing this having been informed by more than one person not to replace the glycol fluid with silicone without replacing the rubber seals.
Was this a complete waste of time?.
Well no not really. I had always thought that the brakes were pretty good for a 30+ year old car, (far better than the MG's that i had been used to) but on stripping down the rears i found that they were completely seized.
Only now can i start to begin to imagine how fantastic the driving experience is going to be.

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