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Boat Trailering Guys:,
Hi Mike & George, My question is fairly simple. I own a 91 Karavan trailer which has been setting up for a couple of years. While looking around it reciently, I noticed that there was a bunch of gunk in the brake fluid resivoir. The stuff resembles applebutter. At this point I don't know what to make of it and I'm not too mechanically versatile. What should I do to correct the problem? Moreover,is there anything I can do on my own or should I take it to a trailer guy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Fred, Without a clue in Baltimore.
Answered on: 8/2006
What you refer to as applebutter is the result of moisture contamination in the fluid reservoir. The fluid will need to be completely bled from the system, including the reservoir, the brake lines, and the cylinders. You should also determine where the moisture entered the system. Are your lines in good condition, is the seal on the reservoir cap doing its job, and are the seals on the cylinders sealing? You will need to perform a complete inspection of the system. You may want to replace the lines and overhaul the cylinders as a preventative measure.
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