View Full Version : Need some brake fluid help ASAP!

12-29-2009, 07:05 PM
Bought a very nice truck this summer for myself, and the Mrs. More of a personal truck, crew cab black 250 diesel, love the truck! Spotless. Was about 150 miles away from home a week or so ago when the front left brake caliper clamped up. This has happened in each one of the 4 fords I have ever owned, not sure why but it has. Anyways I'm far from home, didnt really realize it until we get stuck in traffic and every time I hit the brake I get a lovely grinding sound and feeling. Long story short I needed a new front brake job. All done

Now the problem- During the grinding and what not a brake line snapped up front, spewed brake fluid all down the left side of my nice spotless black truck!! Along with the metal shavings that I basically created while driving on this the rest of the way home the side of my truck looks like its all rusty!

Does anyone know of a cleaner for brake fluid or even a wheel cleaner that is somewhat safe to use on the painted surfaces?? Everything Ive ever cleaned wheels with says dont spray it anywhere near painted surfaces. Goin nuts now cause my black beauty lol is not lookin so clean anymore. Sorry for the long post :hammerhead:

Gravel Rat
12-29-2009, 07:34 PM
You might have a problem because brake fluid attacks paint really bad. Hope you have a good wax job.

To remove the brake fluid use WD-40 you need a oil to remove oil, brake fluid is a highly purified hydraulic oil really corrosive. Get it washed off with the WD-40 then use a good car wash soap to wash the truck. Be carefull and not to rub too hard on the area that the brake fluid was on. You may have to color sand or rubbing compount that area afterwards.

12-29-2009, 08:24 PM
Oh boy!! This could get fun, thanks for the wd-40 idea, thought crossed my mind as well. Wasnt sure what effect that would have on the paint either though.

Gravel Rat
12-29-2009, 09:16 PM
Not sure about newer vehicals with clear coat finishes I never tried dripping brake fluid on it. I know it does eat through paint because brake fluid is corrosive not in the way of burning your skin but it causes damage.

The only good thing WD-40 is good for is cleaning and it is a oil that can remove other oil.

12-29-2009, 09:29 PM
I'll try that tomorrow, 12 degrees out right now.

Gravel Rat
12-29-2009, 09:58 PM
I would try do it when its bright outside so you can see if there is any problems. If you start seeing paint washing off I would be heading off to a body shop.

I know brake fluid can take paint off right down to bare steel that is new clean brake fluid thou.

12-30-2009, 12:05 AM
Its not so bad on clear coated vehicles. I use to spill it all the time on our 04 f550 because the slave cylinder always leaked on th clutch.

12-30-2009, 12:16 AM
And how did you get it off unknownfl?

I'll try some things tomorrow and let you know. You wouldnt notice it however theres a burnt orange kinda tone to it all.

12-30-2009, 12:34 AM
Honestly I don't think I ever wiped it off. It was a work truck and I said to hell with them if they don't want to fix the clutch they must not care about there trucks. I will tell you this though every mustang I have bought the first place I look for rust is under the booster. If the master cylinder leaks or you spill fluid filling up it will rust over time.

12-30-2009, 12:59 AM
Damn, gotta get this rust off!!! Thanks for the tip there

12-30-2009, 01:08 AM
Forgot to mention if it was hot brake fluid it will tear it up even faster.

12-30-2009, 01:12 AM
Well the truck was runnin down the road at 50 or so, caliper grinding away at the rotor, so.....great!! lol

12-30-2009, 01:30 AM
The road salt tends to freeze up the calipers. Never had a problem down here in Florida with calipers.

12-30-2009, 01:40 AM
That would make sense. Salt messes up everything! I'll try the WD-40 as mentioned before on a small spot tomorrow and see. Otherwise I'm not sure what plan B is yet

Gravel Rat
12-30-2009, 02:03 AM
If it hasn't gotten too much into the paint you may beable to re-clear it.

You have a black truck the hardest paint colour to fix. It is why so many company trucks are blah white it is easy to fix.

I used brake fluid to strip the paint off of a old 1980s hood on a truck I was restoring it worked good :laugh:

I tried commercial paint stripper didn't work tried new brake fluid that worked but keep in mind paint used in the 1980s wasn't as hard as what is used today.

12-30-2009, 09:53 AM
Just my luck of course!! so upset, wasnt much I could do though and I honestly didnt know it all happened for a while. Sure I felt the brakes were tough but nothing to this extent. We ll give the wd-40 a shot!

Gravel Rat
12-30-2009, 05:33 PM
Well anything can be fixed just a pain in the azz thou.

12-31-2009, 04:13 AM
Not sure if this has been mentioned and I'm sorry to break the bad news but brake fluid is actually a low-grade type of paint thinner,
something most folks don't realize but brake fluid works almost like turpentine in ways so what you're seeing is the effects of that and ...

You might try some Turtle wax and lots of rubbing and buffing, but...

I used brake fluid to strip the paint off of a old 1980s hood on a truck I was restoring it worked good :laugh:

I'll bet it did :p