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Alright, so I heard from the previous owner (my father in law) that he "accidentally" put power steering fluid in the brake reservoir instead of brake fluid.

Currently the brake components seem good to me, and the shoes still have some life in them. When you pull the lever it exerts enough pressure so that you can't turn the brake housing by hand, but not enough to really stop the quad (the handle pulls right back to the grip with little resistance).

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Will the power steering fluid screw anything up royally?

If I drain out all the mixed fluid and refill/bleed with brake fluid, could that possibly take care of it?

Thanks!
 

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I don't know the answer to either of those questions, but the problem might just be that the brakes need to be adjusted.

However, if there is still mixed fluid in there, I'd think it would be wise to bleed it out and replace it, regardless.
 

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Brake fluid is far more caustic than powersteering fluid just dump some on your car and see what it does to the paint... as far as hurting anything I don't think so if it worries you just open up the bleeders and squeeze the lever in to exhaust the fluid. tighten the bleeder before you let go of the lever though (you might need an extra pair of hands)?? after that just refill with DOT3 or 4 and bleed the calipers and drum. if your brakes are still sloppy I would say you may need a set of pads an shoes.
 

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If there is no cause to be concerned about the mixed fluid, then after just rebuilding the brake system on this machine I can tell you to first be sure you don't have a leak. Then, if you have 1/8 inch of pad left on the front shoes, then you just need to adjust the brakes.

I sort of did the same thing. Once i got the system rebuilt without leaks I bled the brakes, but still didn't have any brakes. Finally I adjust both sides completely, and then pulled the lever and it was tight and I had brakes and it never lost pressure after that.

Assuming the master cylinder is good and there aren't other leaks, then I'd try adjusting both sides first.
 

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Well I tried pouring some brake fluid on my car to see what it would do just like you said... man, what a mess!!! This is going to be expensive... just kidding.

Thanks for the info. I'll give this a try next time I have some free time to spend in the garage (maaaybe this weekend...)

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Not your car!!! I meant your neighbors!!!! just kidding...lol good luck.
 

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If you ever want to paint your car and dont want to sand it just put break fluid on it. psi washer will take care of the rest. Some one you dont like take a cup full and sling on there car wow nelly wat a mess.
 

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Or you can use aircraft stripper works even better

 

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OK


 

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Lmfao!!!!!!
 

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LMFAO!!! What it taste like??? Burnt Honda!!!!!!!!!!!!! BWAAAAAAAAAAAAA
 

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Could^^^^^LOLOLOLOL
 
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