I've just been using the Ate "Blue" up to now......is there just one Ford "HD" fluid or does it have some other designation?
I feel you pain, our local Ford parts and service cernter isn't too good. I think we sould try another one.I just called my local Ford Part center to find out if they carried the Ford HD brake fluid. The guy I spoke with said there was no such thing and that should only use the specified brake fluid for the Focus! WTF? Anyway, I didn't want to argue with the guy, so I said OK yeah and hung-up.
Has anyone had any type of trouble using the HD fluid?Or was this guy smoking some good s***?
BTW - I did some seaching and find this cool site . Don't know if its been posted here before but I thought it had some useful information.
Thanks for that link Enzi. I went to my local Ford dealer (actually Lincoln/Mercury) and ended up with the latter of the two. All I looked for on the bottle was the 550 dry boiling point so I brought four home with me. They also tried to sell me something in a DOT 4. I just told them that my car is long out of warranty and the fluid was for 'off road use' and they sold me the DOT 3.Ford Heavy Duty (part # C6AZ-19542-AA)
DOT 3 - 550/290 - metal container: Ford Heavy Duty DOT 3 is very inexpensive and is popular among racers because of its excellent dry boiling point. Considered by many to be the best-kept secret in brake fluids. It does absorb moisture quickly, though. Metal can. Recommended by Baer and Alcon. According to Hot Rods and Horsepower: "Ford Motor Company purchases [Castrol SRF] by the barrel, repackages it, and sells it as Ford Heavy Duty fluid to owners of heavy-duty trucks. Anyone may buy it from a Ford dealer under part number C6AZ-19542-AA." Although this rumor is often repeated on the 'Net, given the different specs between the two, this assertion seems questionable at best.
Ford High Performance
DOT 3 - 550/284 - plastic container: I ordered the Ford Heavy Duty fluid above from my dealer. I was told that the part number had changed and that Ford "High Performance DOT 3 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluid" was the substitute. Given the differences in the title, part number, and the plastic can, I suspect that my dealer is just full of . . ., well, wrong. The 550/284 rating suggests it is repackaged Performance Friction fluid put in a plastic can. Thanks, Ford.
Ford High Performance 284°F 550°FBrake Fluid Comparison Chart
Brand Wet Boiling Point Dry Boiling Point
Castrol SRF 518°F 590°F
Motul 600 421°F 585°F
AP-600 410°F 572°F
ATE-Super Blue 392°F 536°F
Valvoline 333°F 513°F
Castrol LMA 311°F 446°F
<font color="blue"> Ford HD 290°F 550°F </font>
Wilwood 570 284°F 570°F
PFC-Z rated 284°F 550°F
AP-550 284°F 550°F
Does this help?