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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 10-14-2009, 08:26 PM
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Brake fluid DOt 4?

I need brake fluid because its low. And i know i need dot 4 fluid, but what brands do you recommend? I am getting some tmr.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:00 PM
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I'd go with ATE Super Blue. Flush the system with that. Your brakes will thank you.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:58 AM
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I need brake fluid because its low. And i know i need dot 4 fluid, but what brands do you recommend? I am getting some tmr.
Just and FYI brake fluid is not considered a top off fluid, if your fluid is low then there is most likely a problem...

But in the event that you are just low... I can offer you a large selection of fluid to meet your specific automotive needs, from OEM to racing. It's important to change your brake fluid every 1-2 years.


I would second what was said above, suggesting Super Blue! I am currently running it in several of my cars. 1998 M3, 2001 330i, and going in my 1987 325iS here in a few weeks!



You can find Super Blue as well as all of the other options for your specific application here:
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:17 PM
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is that the kind that changes color when its done? not sure, but i know theres some good stuff that changes color when you need to change it.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:14 PM
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^ well any brake fluid that needs to be changed will look dirty/have a different color to it



and+1 for super blue ATE.....you can get the super blue and the type200 which is the same thing but a gold/amber color......just switch back and forth and it will be easy to tell when your system has been flushed because it will bleed a new color
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:31 AM
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^ well any brake fluid that needs to be changed will look dirty/have a different color to it



and+1 for super blue ATE.....you can get the super blue and the type200 which is the same thing but a gold/amber color......just switch back and forth and it will be easy to tell when your system has been flushed because it will bleed a new color
yea i know that. but i heard that theres one that drastically changes color, not like red to dark red, like it goes from green to purple for example.
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:31 AM
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I need brake fluid because its low. And i know i need dot 4 fluid, but what brands do you recommend? I am getting some tmr.
Why do you think you need dot 4??
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:33 PM
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Why do you think you need dot 4??
WEll lol its said it in the Manual that's why i need dot 4.
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Dot 3 is plenty adaquate for driving on the street, even if it isent recommended by bmw. But I suppose there are alot of us who like a spirited drive here and there. But you don't need dot 4.
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:53 PM
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Oh well already bought it. Better to over prepared then under prepared right? haha. It doesn't cost much anyways
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rookie question

Where in the world do I pour the brake fluid? The power steering resevoir is in the place of a typical master cylinder.


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Just and FYI brake fluid is not considered a top off fluid, if your fluid is low then there is most likely a problem...

But in the event that you are just low... I can offer you a large selection of fluid to meet your specific automotive needs, from OEM to racing. It's important to change your brake fluid every 1-2 years.


I would second what was said above, suggesting Super Blue! I am currently running it in several of my cars. 1998 M3, 2001 330i, and going in my 1987 325iS here in a few weeks!



You can find Super Blue as well as all of the other options for your specific application here:
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E36-328...aign=postreply



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Where in the world do I pour the brake fluid? The power steering resevoir is in the place of a typical master cylinder.
What car are you working on? This is the E36 section, you might try your models section.

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Indeed a rookie question, because if you think the power steering resevoir is in the place of a typical master cylinder, you haven't been under many (i.e. any) hoods. The master cylinder is located in the same location in the E36 BMW as it is in 100% of all other cars sold in North America (the location of the master cylinder is dictated by the location of the brake pedal). The power steering reservoir is down low behind the alternator.

Edit: Assuming you're talking about the E36... If you have an E60 as your profile suggests, it's still in the same location, but it's covered up. Here is how you access it:

http://www.bimmerzone.com/category/T...ake_Fluid.html
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Where in the world do I pour the brake fluid? The power steering resevoir is in the place of a typical master cylinder.
If you have an e36 then it goes in here.
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I just pulled up a pic of the 08 528i engine bay, I can see how it would look like the PS reservoir is where the brake reservoir should be. Brake res is probably under a black plastic cowl cover.

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