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Old 2nd May 2011, 09:08   #1
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Urgent help please. I accidentally put small glass of water in brake fluid in my punto diesel. I'm on a tour in mysore, pls let me know if that ll be a major issue?

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Yes, it will be an issue. Brake fluids are basically hygroscopic and we need to change them periodically due to this very nature. Please get the car to a workshop and get the whole baking system bled.
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urgent help please.... i accidentally put small glass of water in brake fluid in my punto diesel. im on a tour in mysore... pls let me know if that ll be a major issue.?
First time I heard such situation. Anyway, you immediately need to visit to nearest Fiat after sales service and get the brake system bled. It will not take much time.
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urgent help please.... i accidentally put small glass of water in brake fluid in my punto diesel. im on a tour in mysore... pls let me know if that ll be a major issue.?
Concur with jyobeb and anuj - Please visit the FIAT A.S.S and bleed the brake circuit.

This is the only solution

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Add to the above suggestion. Do not drive your car to the service station. Get it towed.
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i accidentally put small glass of water
Maybe you thought this as windshield washer container ..

Yes you will have to get the whole line bled - nothing to worry if you don't use your brakes with water in the line - you can get this done with any good mechanic - he will simply take out all oil + water from line & add new oil - I will advise you to do this process at least twice so that you are sure that there is no water left as it may damage master cylinder gaskets / rubber parts .
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...get the whole baking system bled.
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...get the brake system bled.
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...bleed the brake circuit.
@punto_: Bleeding a brake circuit is done to remove air trapped within the pipelines and not to remove water (Brake bleeding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). This is not going to be a solution for you. But now that you have put in water, don't worry.
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Do not drive your car... Get it towed.
Keep driving for the moment, nothing really bad is going to happen to your car (just don't go racing and braking hard, or you'll get brake fade). It's a hydraulic system, where the hydraulic fluid (brake oil) has been partially replaced by you with another fluid, i.e. water. It's an emergency measure that a lot of people employ to get home when they don't have brake oil handy, and the oil may have leaked out - take a look here (Get-me-home tips in case of breakdowns). And water is quite miscible with brake oil too. As and when you can get to a service station / FNG, have them drain out the brake fluid entirely, flush with some fresh brake fluid, and finally fill up again & bleed the system.

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Keep driving for the moment (just don't go racing and braking hard, or you'll get brake fade), nothing really bad is going to happen to your car. It's a hydraulic system, where the hydraulic fluid (brake oil) has been partially replaced by you with another fluid, i.e. water. It's an emergency measure that a lot of people employ to get home when they don't have brake oil handy, and the oil may have leaked out - take a look here (Get-me-home tips in case of breakdowns). And water is quite miscible with brake oil too. As and when you can get to a service station / FNG, have them drain out the brake fluid entirely, flush with some fresh brake fluid, and finally fill up again & bleed the system.
I Agree with this. One doesn't need to take any drastic measures of getting the car towed. You can drive the car to the nearestr Service Station and get the fluid bled and replace it with the right specs Brake fluid.
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...get the fluid bled...
Persistent bad usage of a term?
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Keep driving for the moment, nothing really bad is going to happen to your car (just don't go racing and braking hard, or you'll get brake fade). It's a hydraulic system, where the hydraulic fluid (brake oil) has been partially replaced by you with another fluid, i.e. water. It's an emergency measure that a lot of people employ to get home when they don't have brake oil handy, and the oil may have leaked out - take a look here (Get-me-home tips in case of breakdowns)
sorry - i beg to differ - water is surely gong to affect the rubber parts in Master Cylinder -it will be better if brakes are not at all used and Oil + water is taken from the pipe line at earliest - in fact one of the main reasons of changing brake oil is increase of moisture contents and here we are talking of water in brake oil .
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I agree with most of the replies. Brake fluid is Hygroscopic (also the same is in the clutch). To put you at ease once I was advised by the owner of a HA$$ that if I need fluid on the readside, then I am better off with water than with the brake oil you get on the roadside.

What you need to do i the thoroughly flush out the fluid from the system, replacing it with now fluid. Make sure that you really get the old stuff out. Just to refresh you start with the remotest wheel (rh Left) move closer to the source (RH rear) and then the front!
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Persistent bad usage of a term?
Not bad usage but is a wrong usage. Bled is a right word but has not been used in the right way here.

Correcting myself flush the system completely, add brake fluid and bleed it.
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Keep driving for the moment, nothing really bad is going to happen to your car (just don't go racing and braking hard, or you'll get brake fade). ---------
As and when you can get to a service station / FNG, have them drain out the brake fluid entirely, flush with some fresh brake fluid, and finally fill up again & bleed the system.
Agree! Yes, water is an enemy of rubber parts / seals in the brake circuit, in such situations you don't have any option, isn't it? Replenish with fresh brake fluid and never refill with used brake fluid- It may contain minute air bubbles entrapped within.

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Just to refresh you start with the remotest wheel (rh Left) move closer to the source (RH rear) and then the front!
Rear left I presume.

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Sorry, it should be rear left, my mistake. I am glad you get the gist.
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Persistent bad usage of a term?
I don't think so!
I think the usage is perfectly acceptable!
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