Best Brake Fluids (Aug.) 2017– Buyer’s Guide and Review

By Walter J. Farrell | LIVING

After 17 hours of crowdsourcing and hands on testing, we have decided that the Prestone AS800Y is the best brake fluid among the products we selected. Donning the reputable brand of Preston, this product excels in preventing corrosion in the ABS system while providing it better heat tolerance and efficiency [Read more]

Do you own a car?

If yes, then we assume that you do some sort of maintenance every year and mostly, it entails changing of fluids, in particular brake fluid.

When was the last time you had your brake fluid changed? If it exceeded 2 or 3 years, then you are doing the wrong thing.

In order to maintain a set of brakes that function properly and without hassle, you need to change your brake fluid at least every 3 years. However, it is not right to just buy any other brake fluid you see maybe in the department store.

There are several brake fluids available however, not all of them give your car the proper care it deserves.

Luckily, we are here to help you decide by giving you the 5 best brake fluids available in 2017. We have done the exhaustive work for you after several hours of research, crowdsourcing and actual hands on testing to give you our independent review of the top 5 brake fluids in 2017.

We also have highlighted the different pros and cons of each product featured.

Read more and never suffer again from a lousy ABS system brought about by an equally lousy brake fluid.

So without further ado, let’s begin!​

5 Best Brake Fluids of 2017

Product NameWet Boiling PointDry Boiling PointDOT Rating 
Castrol 12614 Dot 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid329 degrees Farenheit509 degrees FarenheitDOT 4
Motul 8068HL RBF 600 Factory Line DOT 4 Brake Fluid446 degrees Farenheit 500 degrees FarenheitDOT 4
ATE 706202 Original TYP 200 DOT 4 Brake Fluid536 degrees Fahrenheit374 degrees FahrenheitDOT 4
Prestone AS800Y DOT 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid510 degrees Fahrenheit311 degrees FahrenheitDOT 4
Throttle Muscle TM7877- Xtreme Synthetic DOT 3/ DOT 4 On and Off Road Brake Fluid470 degrees Fahrenheit370 degrees FahrenheitDOT 3/ DOT 4

​"What You Should Consider Before Buying a Brake Fluid?"

Whether you are the usual car owner who wants to keep his car running smoothly or a car shop owner who wants to keep a constant stock of high quality fluids for your clients, it is important that you choose only the best products for your well-loved vehicles.

If you are a car owner who wants to save money by minimizing the need for shop visits by maintaining a good running engine, it is imperative that you seek help from professionals or experts, especially if you do not have any experience in changing fluids.

Once it is established that your car needs a brake fluid change, then it is high time for you to go to the automobile shops or the department store to look for a brake fluid. But before making a purchase, take note of these factors first.

1. Price

Just like any product, one of the most important factor that you need to consider is price. As many would emphasize, you would not want to spend too much for buying a product that you do not even need.

Before buying brake fluid, you need to determine your budget first and also determine whether your car has a high performance engine like those seen in racing vehicles. We emphasize this since it is not practical if you want to place a high performance fluid, if you have an ageing sedan with a modest engine.

In addition, be careful with cheap brake fluids because most of these come with a catch. So before buying, you can ask your repair man regarding the brands that you should look out for or variants that are suitable for your car.​

2. Dry Boiling Point

​Dry boiling point is also one of the most important concerns when picking a brake fluid. Dry boiling point refers to the temperature at which a brake fluid boils out of the container considering that it is unspoiled by water.

A higher dry boiling point translates to lesser need for maintenance. With this, there is also a lesser need to change brake fluids. High performing brake fluids typically last for two years. While brake fluids with a low dry boiling point typically last only for a year of less. Therefore, frequent changing is required.​

3. Wet Boiling Point

While there is dry boiling point, there is also wet boiling point. Wet boiling point refers to the temperature at which the fluid boils after water has been taken into the fluid over time. This is important since the wet boiling point is one of the factors that keep the brake system cool and in tip top shape. Make sure that the fluid’s wet boiling point is enough to maintain a cool break system.​

4.​ Type of Brake Fluid

Different types of brake systems also need different types of brake fluids. It is important that you know what type of brake system you have before buying a new brake fluid. Make sure that the brake fluid you are buying is designed to work for your brake system.

There are several kinds of brake fluid. These include glycol-based fluids DOT 3, DOT 4 and DOT 5.1, as well as a silicone-based brake otherwise known as DOT 5.DOT stands for Department of Transportation and the differing categories are based on their boiling points.

The higher DOT number, the better is its quality and consequently result to a more expensive price tag. The manual your car comes with indicate what type of ABS system it has as well as the type of brake fluid it needs.​

How We Assessed and Evaluated These Products

For this article, we did an exhaustive research and testing of each product featured. In our pursuit to find the best brake fluid available in the online market of 2017, we have shortlisted a total of 30 products we think are the greatest both in term of price and value. But it would be nonsense if we discuss each one of them in this article as it would still not help you with your decision. So to help you decide, we have further narrowed it down to 5.

For our in depth testing, we have focused on the characteristics that set the best brake fluids from the other underperforming products. The characteristics we used to assess each of the products were based on: wet and dry boiling points, heat tolerance as well as DOT rating.

For wet and dry boiling point assessment, we determined the temperature at which they will boil. As mentioned previously a higher wet and dry boiling point will translate to better heat tolerance despite the amount of heat produced from the brake rotors and brake calipers.​

For DOT ratings, we have assessed them by the number at which they are categorized. This is usually seen on the back side of the packaging or by researching them online. A higher DOT rating results to better and more efficient performance and quality.

Lastly, to add a more rigorous manner of determining which one stood above the rest, we also dealt with evaluating their overall packaging and price.

We also did an in depth crowdsourcing of opinions from consumers as well as from our peers. This also gave us a bigger scope in terms of how we saw each and every product we feature. In this review article, we also sourced reviews from fellow reputable websites such as Brakeperformance.com and Carsdirect.com.

In this article, we made sure that all our views and opinions are all independent to provide you a more truthful and straightforward reviews of each product. Moreover, in each product we have highlighted their important features as well as gave our two cents regarding the things that they excelled at and areas that needed to be handled better or worked on more.

After several hours of exhaustive research and hands-on testing we have concluded which of the shortlisted products are the 5 best brake fluids available in 2017. Read on our product review to get a better picture of each product the next time you plan on changing fluids for your brake system.​

Our Top Picks

1. Castrol 12614 Dot 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid - First Runner Up

The first entry on our list is the Castrol 12614 Dot 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid.

The Castrol 12614 is equipped with a unique formula engineered to provide better and a more smooth performance in today’s high temperature braking systems.

Most of the newly released and advanced cars need a brake fluid that will suffice to the high standard they need.

There is greater heat produced by the rotors by these new cars, that is why they need a brake fluid that has high tolerance to heat.

With the DOT 4 rating, you are assured that this product will provide optimal braking response, assuring you of better safety on the road despite high speeds or unforgiving roads.

When used with brake fluids with other DOT ratings or different kinds, the Castrol 12614 mixes well and will go hand in hand to provide a better response and smoother control with each brake.

We also noticed that the product excelled in reducing moisture in the ABS system, with this, you can expect that there is lesser possibility of corrosion in the components.

However, in our crowdsourcing of brake fluids, we have noticed OEMs that look exactly the same as this product. It was very hardtop distinguish which one is the legitimate product​

What We Liked

  • DOT 4 rating
  • Can be mixed with DOT 3 brake fluids
  • Better braking performance
  • Reputable brand

What We Didn't Like

  • Appears the same as OEM products

Another worthy entry on our list is the Motul 8068HL.

This product can be used for hydraulic brake and clutch systems that require non-silicone based synthetic fluid.

With its high dry and wet boiling point, it is expected that the product can withstand extreme temperatures from racing actuated brake systems and clutch systems.

During wet conditions such as heavy rain, the product’s high wet boiling point which is 205 degrees Centigrade, will come in very handy.

Because of this, there is poor water absorption which translates to lesser moisture in the brake system, allowing the components inside protected from corrosion.

Moreover, this high wet boiling point will reduce the frequency of vapour lock phenomenon.

When we tested the brake fluid in our tester car, we noticed a very smooth braking experience, no stutters or constant hard touch breaks that is very common among underperforming brake fluids.

Overall, the Motul 8068HL is a very good product which delivers on its promise. Our only caveat with this product is that it costs far more expensive compared to its counterparts with even the same specifications.

What We Liked

  • Very high dry and wet boiling points
  • Can be used for hydraulic brake and clutch systems
  • Smooth brake experience

What We Didn't Like

  • Not cheap compared to similar products

The third entry on our list is the ATE 706202 Original TYP 200 DOT 4 Brake Fluid.

This product produces minimal decrease in the boiling point owing to the excellent water locking properties it possesses.

When we tested the product, we noticed no foaming when filling it in the fluid chamber and we also noticed no bleeding in any area or component of the brake system.

It has additives that help in battling the accumulation of moisture and preventing corrosion.

Moreover, it has very high tolerance against steam bubbles produced in the system.

Because of these favourable traits, the changing intervals with this product can last up to 3 years. With this, you save money in getting a new brake fluid as well as labor fee for the repairman or the shop to change fluids.

As mentioned in the back portion of the packaging, the product has a minimum dry boiling point of 536 degrees Fahrenheit as well as a minimum wet boiling point of 374 degrees Fahrenheit.

All the basics were covered by the ATE 706202 Original TYP 200, however our gripe with the product is that it costs far more compared to its counterparts.

What We Liked

  • Very high boiling points
  • Packaged well
  • Better control and efficiency in braking
  • High tolerance to heat

What We Didn't Like

  • Not cheap

Another worthy entry on our list is the Prestone AS800Y DOT 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid.

The Prestone boasts of providing a high maximum level of boiling point protection.

The product features a mix of polyglycol ethers which reduces the accumulation of vapour in the brake system.

With this, the pedal becomes more efficient and will provide better control when handling the brakes.

​To protect the system from corrosion, the brake fluid is equipped with a comprehensive inhibitor package.

The product is recommended for all ABS systems whether disc or drum brake systems.

It can also be used in hydraulic clutches that require DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluids.

As described in the packaging of the product, the minimum dry boiling point is 510 degrees Fahrenheit and the minimum wet boiling point is 311 degrees Fahrenheit.

In regards to its drawbacks, we did not experience too many but to nitpick, we would suggest that the company pays more attention to the products packaging.​

What We Liked

  • High wet and dry boiling point
  • Has comprehensive inhibitor package
  • Provides better pedal control
  • Compatible with most ABS systems
  • Reduces accumulated vapour

What We Didn't Like

  • Uninspired packaging

The last entry on our list is the Throttle Muscle TM7877.

This high formulated brake fluid boasts of optimal protection against vapour lock as well as prevention against accumulation of moisture in the brake system.

Having high minimum dry and wet boiling points, the Throttle Muscle is able to exceed the minimum requirements set for both DOT3 and DOT 4 brake fluids.

As a versatile product, the Throttle Muscle is designed for use of several types of ABS systems, whether it be disc or drum.

The high wet and dry boiling points also help prevent seal hardening as well as softening. In our test, we were surprised how efficient and smooth the pedalling was after flushing the system with this fluid.

Our only gripe with this product is the fact that it is a little too pricey.

What We Liked

  • High boiling points
  • Prevents corrosion
  • Compatible with most ABS systems

What We Didn't Like

  • High cost

Our Recommendations:

Editor's Pick: Prestone AS800Y DOT 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid

All the products mentioned in the list all offer good bang for buck value. All of them ticked the boxes with checks in regards to fulfilling the essentials. Because of this, it was difficult to pick the best one yet.

However, after several discussions with our team and after collating all our opinions and results from the hands-on testing, we decided that the top 1 brake fluid for 2017 is the Prestone AS800Y DOT 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid.

Having a rating of DOT 4, you are ensured that the product offers high quality performance. In addition, the boiling points in this product exceeded the minimum requirements set by the DOT. With this, there is better protection with the components inside and you are also assured that the fluid can withstand high temperatures produced by the ABS system.​

Runners Up: Castrol 12614 Dot 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid and Throttle Muscle TM7877- Xtreme Synthetic DOT 3/ DOT 4 On and Off-Road Brake Fluid

Coming in as first runner up is the Castrol 12614 DOT 4 synthetic brake fluid. Just like the Prestone AS800Y, the Castrol 12614 also offers better ABS system performance by having boiling temperatures exceeding the requirements of DOT.

Another honourable mention is the Throttle Muscle. This product deserves high praise for the 450 degree protection it offers. The product is compatible with most ABS systems, whether it be disc or drum and it also boasts a high boiling point.

Follow

About the Author

Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

Leave a Comment:

Leave a Comment: