Police and investigators in the Philippines think that a batch of fake brake fluid has been peddled to customers and might be the cause of all these accidents.
You’d have to be some kind of low-life individual to water down brake fluid or try to filter and resell the old stuff but apparently that’s becoming a problem in the Philippines. According to ABS-CBN news on a piece they dropped earlier today (Aug. 12, 2015) there’s been a recent proliferation of fake (that’s what pekeng means btw) brake fluid that’s been going around the country. Incidentally, a rash of bus accidents has called into question the possible connection between this fake brake fluid and whether or not it was contributory to the accidents. Check out the video below. It’s in Tagalog but keen ears will hear some English words peppered in, enough for you to grasp what the reporters are saying.
According to the investigation, officials are pushing Congress to authorize an in-depth technical investigation into these previous accidents although the police officer who spoke in the later half of the video admitted they don’t have the technical capabilities to detect real from fake.
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In the video, the reporters do a little investigating on their own and look at two samples of fake versus real fluid. According to them, one fluid you can tell has no smell and feels much more watery to the touch while the other has a distinct smell and feel. The officer further cautions drivers not to skimp out on brake fluid and to buy from recognized brands at the gas station to squash any fears you might have about substandard brake fluid being used.