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Old 11-08-2021, 09:20 AM
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Default Brake fluid level check

How do you guys check the level of your brake reservoir? I can't find anything in the maintenance manual (which likely means that it is simple and I'm missing something).

Thanks for your help,
Dan
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Old 11-08-2021, 09:38 AM
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How do you guys check the level of your brake reservoir? I can't find anything in the maintenance manual (which likely means that it is simple and I'm missing something).

Thanks for your help,
Dan
I want to know too.

I was thinking of rigging up some clear tubing to use as a level sight tube, but curious if I am over solving.

I guess if it is not on the hangar floor, the level must be OK?
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Old 11-08-2021, 09:39 AM
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I have a white zip tie marked with a permanent black marker where full is and dip it in the reservoir. I usually check it every 3 months.
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Old 11-08-2021, 10:03 AM
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I use a drinking straw. dip it in to the bottom, seal the top with your finger and pull it out to check level.
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Old 11-08-2021, 10:20 AM
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I use a popsicle stick.
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Old 11-08-2021, 12:51 PM
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Also use split popsicle stick. I top up to 2/3 - 3/4 level so no possibility of mess on firewall.
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Old 11-08-2021, 04:35 PM
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i use a eye dropper
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Old 11-08-2021, 04:41 PM
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I have a white zip tie marked with a permanent black marker where full is and dip it in the reservoir. I usually check it every 3 months.
^^ This ^^

Just cut the feeder end off of the zip tie. The little teeth catch the fluid.
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Old 11-08-2021, 07:40 PM
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I used a plain white zip tie just today. Stuck it in until bottomed out, pinch the part sticking out of the mouth of the opening with two fingers to reference FULL, pull it out and read the level (mine was 3/4 full, perfect!).
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Old 11-08-2021, 07:48 PM
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