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Old 01-09-2004, 10:38 PM   #1
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Question whats the color of the stock brake fluid? and color of Valvoline and Motul?

I got oone question, whats the color of the stock brake fluid, and whats the colors of Valvoline and Motul, they are diffrent than the stock brake fluid???
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Old 01-10-2004, 01:52 AM   #2
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The color of brake fluid is regulated by the DOT standard. If is always the same, with very slight variations. If the fluid is of different color, it is not DOT rated.
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I just bought Valvoline DOT 3 and 4 so the color will be same like the stock brake fluid..
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Old 01-10-2004, 05:37 PM   #4
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I didn't know the dot standard regulated color - I figured it would mandate a color change with water uptake, but that's about it... anyway, the superblue stuff claims to be dot 4, and it states it's blue in color...

stock fluid should be clear with a tannish (almost a little reddish) tinge to it. It will turn dark brown as it takes on water.
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I will play with my brakes on this week ( I hope ) So I will let u guys know how it went
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Old 01-12-2004, 12:25 PM   #6
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I didn't know the dot standard regulated color - I figured it would mandate a color change with water uptake, but that's about it... anyway, the superblue stuff claims to be dot 4, and it states it's blue in color...
The ATE Super Blue brake fluid has no DOT rating whatsoever for this particular reason. You may see references like "exceeds DOT-4 specifications," but any claim that it has official DOT-4 rating is not true.
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The ATE Super Blue brake fluid has no DOT rating whatsoever for this particular reason. You may see references like "exceeds DOT-4 specifications," but any claim that it has official DOT-4 rating is not true.
You are correct - looking at the DOT spec which is Title 49, Part 571, Sec. 571.116, Standard no.1 116 (located here ) it says "S5.1.14 Fluid color. Brake fluid and hydraulic system mineral oil shall be of the color indicated: DOT 3, DOT 4, and DOT 5.1 non-SBBF—colorless to amber. DOT 5 SBBF—purple. Hydraulic system mineral oil—green."

Some sites claim the superblue exceeds the specs, but a large number of the vendors which I found while doing a search state it's a dot 4 rated fluid... shame on them
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