Nor anything petroleum based in a brake or hyd clutch system. The "oils" break down all of the rubber componets in the system, ie: o-rings, cups,rubber hoses, ect. Causing them to swell/disform. Can cause catistrophic failure in a brake system. Requiring replacement of the entire hyd system and flushing the steel lines completely. Dave, I hope it wasn't an ABS system. I had a customer a year ago put hyd fluid in the brake master of a new pickup and it cost him over 3 grand to fix ( and no warranty wasn't going to cover it) heh...heh.! I should'nt laugh, but, as allways it was one of the "smarter car guys"
it makes you wonder how they got into the gene pool.
There are some ignorant people out there in the world.
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<LI> 1995 Impala SS (I wish it was mine, not my dad's)
I had a guy a few years back that put Hyd. oil in the brake system of a truck used for hauling fuel.After the accident he told me his brakes felt he was pushing on a brick.Then after I told him why he said(oil is oil) He ran in to the back of his own garage.
A LITTLE knowledge is a dangerous (and costly) thing. I worked as a mechanic in a lawnmower shop 40 years ago and we always had folks doing their own repairs that we had to fix. If they had told us what they did, we could have saved them a lot in troubleshooting time. Yeah, OK my timing gears must have slipped. Right.
My next door neighbor came over one time and asked if I could look at his car that he had asked his son to fill the radiator with water. It wouldn't start any more.
You may have guessed already but he didn't fill the radiator.
howzit!as that insurance commercial goes,we ALL make mistakes;maybe not so much in the car,but our addictions,interpersonal relationships,etc.,but we ALL screw up,at times.when my customer sheepishly admits he failed, trying to "fix it",i just smile,remind him to call me first,make him feel good,then charge more on the bill!He&i are REAL happy!
Here's a good one. My mom took her car to jiffy lube (Jiffy Screw). They checked her fluids and said she was low. They asked "Want us to fill it up?" Sounded good my mom said sure. She got home, and I checked it. now keep in mind this is a 65 chevelle i restored for her, back to mint condition. And yes, there was ATF in the brake cylinder. I messed myself. I ended up taking Jiffy Lube to court to get the money to fix it.
Say, Bill, don't you know that if some is good, more is better?
I remember when I had my last motorcycle
I was in the shop one day and saw where a guy had blown the head off his engine. "Well, I thought if 3 quarts was good, I'd treat mine really good and use 6." Hmmmmm. Should we put a warning on oil bottles about hydraulic lock?
"I don't believe I'da told that"
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