SILICONES SUCCESSFUL IN BRAKE FLUID FIELD TESTS

Dow engineers undertook a program of field tests involving 168 vehicles, more than seven years, and some four million km. Three methods of incorporating silicone fluid were used: mixing of silicone and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) fluids, flush/fills, and complete rebuilds. To a great extent, silicone benefits were directly proportional to the efficacy of its replacing OEM fluid. The following conclusions were reached. Mixtures of silicone and glycol will operate with no adverse chemical or physical effects. Silicone flush/fills reduce corrosion and wear, and improve brake performance. However, this technique will not give a pure silicone system, no matter how thorough its execution. Full benefits of silicone fluids come only with original fills. These benefits include elimination of system wear and corrosion for at least 110,000 km. Life expectancies greater than 160,000 km appear feasible.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 63-65
  • Serial:
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Volume: 86
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • ISSN: 0098-2571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183278
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM