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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Fluid Performance?

Is there a difference in braking performance between Ate Blue racing fluid and a good regular fluid. Is that the racing fluid has higher boiling point and will not fad a high temps. Does it effected the feel or pressure, change with racing fluid? Just trying to see if it is really necessary to run racing fluid for my type of driving especially that live in a much colder climate.

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Is there a difference in braking performance between Ate Blue racing fluid and a good regular fluid. Is that the racing fluid has higher boiling point and will not fad a high temps. Does it effected the feel or pressure, change with racing fluid? Just trying to see if it is really necessary to run racing fluid for my type of driving especially that live in a much colder climate.
A racing fluid won't give you a firmer pedal. Brake fluid and water (which brake fluid attracts) are non compressible. The only advantage is the boiling point. Racing brake fluids also generally have a higher wet boiling point (boiling point when a lot of water has been absorbed), which means you could run them longer without them boiling. ATE has a very nice wet boiling point.

Or for half the money, you can do twice the flushes with regular cheapy brake fluid!
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I just bought some ATE blue because of brake fade. Part of the problem was my pads, but on top of that I was boiling the fluid. It doesn't help with day-to-day driving, but if you like to carve up the mountain roads it's definitely worth it.

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