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woahdallas
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Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


Realized what the frick I was doing after I had already poured about 3 or 4 ounces in. I haven't cranked the truck up or pressed the brakes or anything. I was thinking of using an eyedropper or something to suck up everything in the reservoir, then topping it back off with brake fluid, sucking all that out to try and get any residual power steering fluid out, then refilling it. Think this could work? What happens if any residual PS fluid were to get in my brake line?

I realize I am a dumbass.







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CaptainsWafer
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


I'd also bleed the EFF out of them, continually adding new fluid until its all flushed.





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LSUIEGRAD13
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


You could have problems. They should have a drain if your truck in a newer model. If not they should be a clamp underneath you could take off and drain as much as you can.





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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


Buy a new truck.





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MrDrumngun
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


You need to do a complete brake system flush. The hydraulics in your brakes work only with a certain fluid. PS fluid may screw things up for reals.





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ksayetiger
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


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I'd also bleed the EFF out of them


this should do the trick. had a buddy put motor oil in his master cylinder once (he was drunk working on his car) but fixed it the next day by flushing it by bleeding them. never had a problem.






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Rickety Cricket
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


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You need to do a complete brake system flush. The hydraulics in your brakes work only with a certain fluid. PS fluid may screw things up for reals.


This. Get your truck towed to a shop and get he brake lines completely bled.






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PSU2LSU
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


If you hadn't done anything, I would first get a turkey baster and get as much out as you can. It all depends on if the power steering fluid is heavier then the brake fluid. If there is just a few ounces sitting on top of the brake fluid, then I'd just turkey baster it out and add new stuff in. you should also be able to screw off the container holding the brake fluid and just ensure nothing got into the master cylinder.

If it mixed in and is in the lines.. then your fricked.






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Rickety Cricket
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If it mixed in and is in the lines.. then your fricked.


There isn't any way to be 100% sure and it's definitely not worth the risk.






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fr33manator
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


Your lines may swell and your caliper may seize up. Flush it very well





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LSUBrad5277
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


Drain all the fluid out of your master cylinder and lines. Run about 1-2 bottles of brake fluid through your system. Then fill master cylinder back up bleed lines till all air out of system, top off master cylinder and test it out. Remember if brakes go out put car in N and use emergency brake slowly to stop car.





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LSUBrad5277
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


Drain all the fluid out of your master cylinder and lines. Run about 1-2 bottles of brake fluid through your system. Then fill master cylinder back up bleed lines till all air out of system, top off master cylinder and test it out. Remember if brakes go out put car in N and use emergency brake slowly to stop car.





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carnuba
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


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Remember if brakes go out put car in N and use emergency brake slowly to stop car


important enough to post twice






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supadave3
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


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Drain all the fluid out of your master cylinder and lines. Run about 1-2 bottles of brake fluid through your system. Then fill master cylinder back up bleed lines till all air out of system, top off master cylinder and test it out. Remember if brakes go out put car in N and use emergency brake slowly to stop car.


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important enough to post twice


3 times for the win!






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PSU2LSU
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


What is a OT poster doing maintenance on his car for in the first place. I thought OT ballers paid someone to do such menial tasks





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woahdallas
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


Haven't cranked it up or touched the brake pedal and I can see the red PS fluid sitting on top, not mixing. About to get as much out as I can with a turkey baster, then after class tomorrow my buddy is going to help me flush the system out real well and see if we can maybe get the reservoir out to get it as clean as possible.





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rcrawfish1
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


I don't know of anyone touched on this, but power steering fluids probably have additives that may harm rubber seals or other components on your brake system. It could prove disastrous if you didn't have the whole system flushed. Your dealer would probably agree with this and want a fortune to do it, but call it a lesson learned.


This post was edited on 10/19 at 7:09 pm


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Spankum
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


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Haven't cranked it up or touched the brake pedal and I can see the red PS fluid sitting on top, not mixing. About to get as much out as I can with a turkey baster, then after class tomorrow my buddy is going to help me flush the system out real well and see if we can maybe get the reservoir out to get it as clean as possible.


this will work fine...just clean the reservoir out very well....get as much as you can out and then soak the last drops out with a rag, etc...if you want to be extra safe, you can flush a can of fluid through....

I actually worked on someone's car once that had done this...eventually swelled up the seals on one of his wheel calipers a few months later and causing that brake to drag and ultimately lock up....

honestly, if you do nothing at all, the worst it is gonna cost you is a brake job...do what you say you plan to do and you will have no problems at all...






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Death Before Disco
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re: Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


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dumbass
Have you ever put eardrops in your eyes?






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Schwartz
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Accidentally poured power steering fluid into the brake fluid reservoir


You dumb.


I'd do what CW said...suck as much out as you can, flush through by bleeding with fresh fluid.






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