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Old 05-24-2002, 01:40 PM
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brake fluid reservoir properly flushed, or not?

Had the brake fluid of my 86 300SDL flushed by the local M-B dealer.

Afterwards, looking at the reservoir, I noted that the new fluid at the front of the reservoir was water-clear, but that the rear section was amber in color, indicating old fluid still remaining.

Dealer said this was normal, but I have my doubts as over the years I have never seen this before.

It occured to me that both sections of the reservior should be clear as new fluid is pushed into it by their pressurized flushing system.

Should I go back and have the job redone, or is what the service rep said valid? I would like to believe him, but the results do not make sense to me.

Any answers?? Thanks, Jack Ullrich
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Old 05-24-2002, 01:52 PM
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If the front AND rear were adequately flushed the color woul be the same. The front brakes just weren't fully flushed. The rear res. goes to the front brakes and the front res goes to the back brakes.

IMHO, the answer he gave you is BS.

Good luck,
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Old 05-24-2002, 11:19 PM
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The easiest method I found was to empty the reservoir, clean if necessary, add fresh fluid, then do the flush. This always ensures completely clean fluid in the system.
I don't believe yours was done correctly.
Scott Diener
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