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Old November 14th, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Finding Series Brake Fluid in NOVA

Is anybody able to find Castrol LMA or Lucas Girling (not sure of the designation) brake fluid for their Series in Northern Virginia?

My local places like Olympus, Fairfax Auto, and Advance do not have it.

Any help's appreciated.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 12:41 PM
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Amazon is your friend. Same problem here in WA.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 12:41 PM
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I ended up having to order from british pacific. Note GTLMA has changed formulas so I don't know if that is a good or bad thing.
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Is anybody able to find Castrol LMA or Lucas Girling (not sure of the designation) brake fluid for their Series in Northern Virginia?

My local places like Olympus, Fairfax Auto, and Advance do not have it.

Any help's appreciated.
I bought a couple of small containers (pints) from the FFX Auto on Willard in Chantilly not too long ago. You may want to give them a call as they had a whole shelf...just annoyed me that they did not have the quarts!
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Old November 14th, 2012, 02:20 PM
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AHA! You're the guy who got the last ones at Fairfax Auto in Chantilly! Thanks to all, BTW.

All local stores are now saying they no longer stock it.

What Lucas Girling fluid works? DOT 3 or DOT 4?

I guess I'll be looking at Amazon.

Took me near forever and a day to find the oil filters for the Isuzu 4JB1T engine, but I finally tracked them down at WIX...surprised to have this problem with brake fluid!
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Old November 16th, 2012, 08:11 AM
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My local Advance Auto Parts stocks Castrol LMA in quarts.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 10:18 PM
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Thanks all. 64oz on the way from Amazon! I'm hoping even with Land Rovers that will last a while.
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Pep Boys. At least they carried Castrol a short time ago.
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Just curious..

Why Lucas or Castrol LMA? Why not Wilwood, Motul or Mobil 1? ATE, Brembo hell even the cheap big bottle off the shelf at Wally's will work in a Series. Just practice proper brake system maintenance habits, bleed and or flush once a year. LMA has a lower absorption rate of water than others thus raising the boiling point therefore lessening the likelihood of your fluid boiling and introducing air and effectively weakening your braking ability. I'd be the first one to admit I'd like to see a Series truck put through its paces enough to boil the brake fluid. As far as corrosion goes, properly bleed your brakes once a year or every oil change and you'll introduce enough fresh fluid into the relatively small hydraulic system of a Series truck to keep the water percentage down.

But then again it all comes down to habit..
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For years the rubber seals in the Series Rovers' brake system was made from natural rubber and may still be. Anything other than Castrol Girling would turn the seals to mush after a while.
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For years the rubber seals in the Series Rovers' brake system was made from natural rubber and may still be. Anything other than Castrol Girling would turn the seals to mush after a while.
Yes natural rubber seals is what I have read. Loaded up with Castrol for my Series years ago.
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My understanding is it has a limited shelf life though (absorbs moisture) so multiple smaller bottles are better over a larger one that sits half used for a long time.
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FWIW, Castrol brake fluid is synthetic and has been for a good number of years. They just started actually stating it on the label a few years ago. I was curious when I noticed the change in the label so gave Castrol a ring.
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Dot 4 will work, I have located valvoline and generic in syntethic form.. indeed comes down to boiling point and water absorbtion (hygroscopic)...
Wet boiling point defined as 3.7% water by volume.
Boiling points for common braking fluids ,
Dry boiling point Wet boiling point

DOT 3 205 C (401 F) 140 C (284 F)
DOT 4 230 C (446 F) 155 C (311 F)
DOT 5 260 C (500 F) 180 C (356 F)
DOT 5.1 270 C (518 F ) 190 C (374 F)
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