New Brake Fluid Color?

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  1. Ewetah

    Ewetah Old Guy

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    I went and bought a bottle of DOT 4 brake fluid so I could flush the brakes on my 04 1150 GSA A. I got all set up and installed the funnel to the brake servo under the tank to begin flushing the front brakes. I took the new sealed bottle of fluid and poured some into the funnel. To my surprise the fluid had an a light amber colored tint to it. I thought that was strange so I only flushed enough to empty the funnel and then I put everything back together.

    I have used other brands of DOT 4 and it has always been clear. This bottle is Brake Best Select that is sold at Orielly's Auto parts as the house brand. It was the only brand of DOT 4 that they had in stock Has anyone ever used this brand? If so do you recall if it was clear or tinted color?

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  2. whisperquiet

    whisperquiet Long timer

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    Light amber is the color I always see with new DOT4 brake fluid.
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  3. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Perhaps a friend playing a very bad joke on you?:rofl
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  4. Tosh Togo

    Tosh Togo Long timer

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    One of the many ways manufacturers label liquid materials is with dye. I've seen it before with some OEM cage fluids that were a different color than what I'd seen from the usual consumer sources.

    As long as it's DOT4 fluid, use it. Your brakes are blind anyway, so they won't notice. :deal
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  5. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    Even the ATE Dot 4 fluid is amber-colored. Sounds normal to me.
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  6. BMWRich

    BMWRich Sout'side Scooter Jock

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    Was the "foil" seal unbroken?
    Otherwise should be "good to GO".
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  7. Ewetah

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    Yes the seal was unbroken. I guess I will just have to accept this color of fluid. I liked the clear fluid better since as soon as it would start to discolor in a year or so I knew it was time to flush the brake system or clutch. It also made it easy to see the color change from dirty fluid to clean fluid as you flushed a circuit.

    LaurelPerryOnLand: I performed a sniff test and it passed!


    Thanks for everyones advice and input.
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  8. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    Dot 4 can be amber, clear, blue, pink, green, or any other colour here. Great for a flush, as you can see when the new stuff has gone through the system. Nice to use the same stuff, but not critical.
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  9. Bulitt

    Bulitt Clumsy Fisherman

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    Should be almost clear IMO......that is how to tell when the flush is complete. I could be wrong but I have never seen any new fluid that was amber colored.

    I probably would have done the same as you......
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  10. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    From a brand web site:

    ATE Super Blue Racing brake fluid is identical in specification to the ATE TYP200 brake fluid, the only difference being the color of the fluid (amber vs. blue). Please note that the blue dye (in the Super Blue Racing fluid) will permanently stain the brake fluid reservoir after extended use. Thus, you may prefer to use the ATE TYP200, which is identical except for the color (i.e. without the blue dye). Also, Super Blue is technically not a DOT 4 fluid because it violates the color requirement in the DOT 4 specification. Some people like to alternate between the 2 fluids, and use Super Blue Racing brake fluid for one brake fluid change and then use ATE TYP200 brake fluid the next time, so that they can tell when all of the old fluid has been drained.

    And again:

    The Brake Fluids are available in various colours like Brake Fluid DOT 3 is available in clear, Pale Yellow, Blue & Crimson Red colour, similarly brake fluid DOT 4 is available in Clear, Pale Yellow & Crimson Red colour, brake fluid DOT 5.1 is available Clear, Pale Yellow & Blue colour. Brake Fluid DOT 5 is available in Purple & Violet colour so colour is not a criteria to distinguish between the different types of brake fluids. The color is added in brake fluid to detect the leakage easily and color does not effect the quality of brake fluid.
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  11. Ewetah

    Ewetah Old Guy

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    Mixr, that is quite the color selection! It would seem to make sense using a different color to make certain you flushed the system completely.

    Looks to me that I need to get some in a color other than amber since it appears that is what is in the bike's brake system right now.

    Anyone in the Salt Lake area that wants a 24 oz and a 12 oz bottle PM me and come and get it!
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  12. def

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    I would use it without concern.
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  13. Florida Lime

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    I used to use the ATE Super Blue Racing brake fluid in my 914/6. I used it in a couple of my bikes back then with no problems.



    Other than the "Time to change your brake fluid - look how dark it is" comments. :lol3
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