Asked by: Jamila Hosl
asked in category: General Last Updated: 8th March, 2020

Can you use brake fluid in a bottle jack?

Do not use brake fluid in a bottle jack. Brake fluid contains alcohol, which is harmful to the seals in the machine. The warranty that comes with a jack usually specifies the type of fluid to be used. You may void the warranty if you use another type of fluid in the machine.

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Accordingly, can you use brake fluid in a jack?

The stuff packaged as hydraulic jack oil is low viscosity. A lot of tractor hydraulics and some heavier earthmoving stuff uses hydraulic oil thats essentially the same viscosity as 10W motor oil. Jack oil looks about the same. The main thing is DON'T use brake fluid.

Beside above, is hydraulic fluid and brake fluid the same? In fact, hydraulic fluid and hydraulic oil are terms that are at times used interchangeably. There are many applications of hydraulic oil, and one of them is hydraulic brake fluid. Hydraulic brake fluid is produced using water or refined mineral oils depending on the brand.

Besides, can you use transmission fluid in a bottle jack?

ATF(Automatic Transmission Fluid) can be used as an alternative to hydraulic oil depending on the viscosity of the fluid. Therefore, to ensure maximum efficiency of the jack, use the proper fluid specifically produced for a hydraulic jack. The warranty for a specific jack specifies the fluid to be used.

What can be used as a substitute for hydraulic fluid?

ATF, or automatic transmission fluid, for use in automobile auto transmisions does function as a hydraulic fluid in the car and can be used in other hydraulic systems. It is specified in some industrial applications. Light weight motor oils or machine oil (10/20W) could be used as a substitute for hydraulic oil.

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