A year & a half ago I flushed the brake system in my 1999 Express Van, replacing the conventional brake fluid with Amsoil synthetic brake fluid. Most gearheads know that conventional brake fluid attracts moisture, which lowers the boiling point of the fluid and leads to corrosion of certain brake parts. This can cause a soft brake pedal and brake fade under intense driving conditions. After installing the Amsoil fluid, the brake pedal was much firmer and stopping the hi-top behemoth was not as difficult as in the past.
Fast forward to several weeks ago when I had to replace the rear drum brakes on said behemoth van. The left rear wheel cylinder showed signs of significant leaking and had to be replaced. Upon completing the task and bleeding the system I noticed that the fluid bleeding out of the new wheel cylinder was as clear as when I installed it 18 months before. No signs of rust or impurities of any kind.
So, why does this matter? I’m a car guy. I like things that go fast, and while I tend to stick to whatever speed traffic is moving at, I need to be sure when I step on the brake pedal the vehicle is going to stop straight & without a major struggle. Replacing pads, rotors, shoes & drums as needed are only part of brake maintenance. Flushing the brake system with a good synthetic brake fluid, like Amsoil Synthetic Brake Fluid is added insurance that the vehicle will stop, and stop well. It’s food for thought the next time you’re on the interstate and suddenly brake lights appear in front of you, or you’re on a back road & Bambi decides to jump in front of your car. For information about Amsoil Synthetic Brake Fluid click here.