Flushing the brake system is my next task. I picked up Valvoline Synthetic Dot3/Dot4 fluid over the weekend, which is what I've typically used. The system was last flushed around a year and a half ago, so I wouldn't think that should be the problem, except your observations and comment about the fluid are things I was considering for possible contribution to the Integra problem. Hearing the reminder from an expert leads me to think that is a fully appropriate next step.
I was aware of the nature and ability of brake fluid to attract moisture, much like refrigerant oils where a receiver-drier dessicant is a must. Got certified EPA 609 credentials several years ago for that portion of my automotive service work. I don't have extensive experience with brake work but have replaced calipers a handful of times and a couple of master cylinders along with the more common pads and disks. I appreciate getting your thoughts and diagnostic effort from the descriptions. That seems like adding an extra measure of challenge to having the vehicle in front of you, but accurate descriptions can help a lot, can't they.
The reason I've been looking for help is that this odd combination of brake issues is something I've never run across before. Others I've asked locally seem similarly to be mostly guessing and haven't seen this combination according to their answers.
Thanks. Maybe there will be some follow-up comment I can make after flushing the fluid. At this moment, I'm waiting for drier weather, in part, because of what you mentioned for the fluid's tendency to take on moisture.
Monday, June 1st, 2009 AT 2:15 PM