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MAINTENANCE--CHASSIS
When working with the disc brake, observe the
precautions listed below.
1.
Never
reuse old brake
fluid.
2.
Do
not use fluid from
a
container that has
been
left unsealed or that
has been
open a long
time.
3.
Do not mix two
types of fluid for use in the
brake.
This lowers
the
brake
fluid
boiling point
arid could cause the
brake
to
be
ineffective.
It
may
also cause the rubber
brake parts
to
de'terio-
rate.
Recommended
fluids are given
in
the table.
NOTE: The
type of fluid originally used
in
the
disc brake
is
not
available
in
most areas but
it
should be necessary
to add very little fluid' before
the first
brake
fluid
change.
Afte
r
changing the
fluid,
use
only the same type thereafter.
Table J6
Recommended Disc Brake Fluid
Atlas Extra Heavy Duty
Shell Super Heavy Duty
Texaco Super Heavy Duty
,
Wagner Lockheed Heavy Duty
Castrol Girling·Green
Castrol GT (LMA)
Castrol Disc Brake Fluid
The correct fluid will come in a can labeled
D.O.T.3.
Do not use fluid that does not have
this marking.
4.
Don
't
leave
the reservoir cap off for any length of
time
to
avoid
moisture
contamination of the
fluid.
Brake fluid
is
hygroscopic
;
that is, it
tends
to
attract
water
vapor.
5.
Don't change the fluid
in the rain or when a
strong wind is
blowing.
6.
Except
for
the disc pads
and
discs,
use only disc
brake fluid
,
isopropyl alcohol, or
ethyl
alcohol
for cleaning
brake parts. Do not use
any other
fluid for cleaning these
parts.
Gaso
li
ne,
motor
oil,
or
any
other petroleum distillate
will cause
deterioration of
the rubber
parts.
Oil
spilled on
any
part will be difficult
to wash off completely
and will
eventually
reach and
break down
the
rubber
used in
the
disc
brake.
7.
When handling the disc pads
or
disc
,
be
careful
that no disc brake fluid or
any oil gets on
them.
Clean
off
any fluid or
oil that inadvertently gets
on the pads or disc
with a
high
flash-point solvent.
Do not use one
which
will
leave an oily residue.
Replace the pads
with
new
ones if they cannot
be
cleaned
satisfactorily.
8.
Brake
fluid
quickly
ruins
painted
surfaces;
any
spilled fluid should
be
completely wiped up
immediately.
9.
If
any
of the brake line
fittings
or
the
bleed
valve
is opened
at any
time,
the
AIR MUST BE BLED
FROM THE BRAKE.
10.
When installing
or assembling
the disc brake
tighten the
disc brake
fittings to the values
give~
in
Table Gl.
Improper
torque
may cause
the
brake
to
malfunction.
I mproperl
y
tightened or
adjusted
brake
components
may
lead to
brake
failure and subsequent accident and injury.
Changing the brake fluid
The brake
fluid
should be changed in accordance
with the Periodic Maintenance Chart
(Pg.
10) and
whenever
it
becomes contaminated with dirt or
water.
eAttach a clear plastic hose to the bleed valve on the
caliper,
and run the other end of the hose into a
container.
eRemove the reservoir cap, and remove the rubber cap
on the bleed valve.
-Open
the
bleed valve
(counterclockwise
to
open),
and
pump the brake lever or pedal until all the fluid
is
drained from the
line.
A. Bleed Valve
Filling up the Brake Line
1.
Open
the
bleed
valve.
2.
Apply the
brake,
keeping the brake
applied.
3.
Close the bleed valve.
4.
Then quickly
release
the
brake.
eFor
a
dual disc
brake,
repeat
the
previous step one
more time
for
the other
side.
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