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Old January 21st, 2010, 02:31 PM   #1
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Posted in the General forum, got nothing. Seeing if anyone in here knows.

Got in the car today and the first time I came to a stop the brake's were really soft. After a pump or two though they felt fine. But now I checked my brake fluid and the reservoir is almost empty.

Don't have time now to figure out where it's leaking but in the mean time what kind of brake fluid do I have to buy? Advance sell's several different types under a 2002 mustang.
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full synthetic dot 3 kind
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+1. Dot 3
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So can I just add it to the reservoir with no problems?
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Sweet, thanks much!
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DOT 3 unless you're doing track days and the like, in which case you should upgrade to DOT 4.
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sounds like you could have had an air bubble or something in the lines. When it got dislodged you had the spongy breaks. A couple pumps replaced the lines w/ fluid, but then your fluid was low b/c the air had been removed.

Also, as your breaks wear down you fluid level goes down too (to make up for the difference lost at the pads). If you are very concerned then you should bleed the lines and replace all the old fluid. Else just filler 'er up.
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here is a couple articles on bleeding brakes and changing brake pads, incase you are curious. they are really helpful.

Bleeding Your Brakes | Tooldesk Automotive Tool Blog
Changing Brake Pads | Tooldesk Automotive Tool Blog
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