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Old 11-01-2011, 10:35 PM
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i was told i could add a half a cap off a 20oz coke bottle of brake fluid to my motor oil, it could help with my valve seals that have a slight leak, i am having that little puff of blue smoke, only at a stop & go,!! by doing this, could the brake fluid harm anything else, even at this small of amount,?? i don't have any oil leaks as of now, and don't want to start any,
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Don't be fooled. It's less Expensive to change the Valve seal then it is to rebuild the motor. Brake fluid has chemical that cleans and other stuff but is bad for bearings and metal to metal friction parts. Don't take the Risk. Just get thicker oil 20w 50 and go to your local auto parts and get a valve seal smoke be gone . I cant really tell you an exact name for one but there are many that will help. just to rebuild the 4.7 is a good $1900 minimum depending who does it and up to $4000.
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Brake fluid will eat the hell out of rubber (read - seals). Even a little bit can be damaging. I'd do as Superior suggested and go to a thicker oil. We usually run Delo 15W/40 in vehicles here that have a problem with smoking. Works most of the time.
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^what they said, do not do it, I have seen people do this before going to auctions with cars, it basically either eats the rubber or swells it until it busts, u will be replacing way more if u use the brake fluid. just go ahead and replace it once and be done with it
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Never heard of doing this but like they said I wouldn't do it. Anyone who has ever spilled some brake fluid on paint knows how badly it can ruin paint (I'd assume it's harsh on rubber as well...)
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If you're sure it's the valve seals, you could change them without removing the heads. Use either compressed air or rope to keep the valve in place, then remove the rocker arm, compress the spring and replace the seal.

Not too hard- just takes time.
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Never heard of anyone doing this, either, never even heard it suggested but as mentioned above, I would not do it. Either a thicker oil or even a good high mileage oil, that will help recondition the seals until you can get the actual work done.

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i am glade i did not add the fluid to my oil after reading all the replys,, i will try using a thicker oil,, i am still using the 5w30 it calls for, i have 120,000 miles on it, would 10w40 be too thick of an oil,?? i am already using a high milage oil,,
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wow 5w 30 on a 120,000 mile engine yeah Go with 20w 50 high mileage oil and a Mobil 1 oil filter and your problem so go away for a good while. any engine at 120,000 miles needs 10w 30 and above but since you have a valve seal leak then 20w 50 would just work well.
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