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2013-08-25 08:37:37 AM
Odd but important.  Like the skunk smell added to natural gas, it's how everyone identifies it.
 
2013-08-25 11:39:56 AM
My buddy drinks Brake Fluid instead of beer. He swears he can stop anytime.
 
2013-08-25 12:04:18 PM

syrynxx: Odd but important.  Like the skunk smell added to natural gas, it's how everyone identifies it.


Yeap.  Put the wrong fluid in the wrong place, and you can really fark up a car.
 
2013-08-25 12:17:24 PM

Nothing To See Here: My buddy drinks Brake Fluid instead of beer. He swears he can stop anytime.


He should switch to anti-freeze. It's a little sweet, but otherwise OK.
By the way, blinker fluid is purple, right? There seems to be a shortage in Texas. Anyone know a good substitute?
 
2013-08-25 01:18:20 PM

jake_lex: syrynxx: Odd but important.  Like the skunk smell added to natural gas, it's how everyone identifies it.

Yeap.  Put the wrong fluid in the wrong place, and you can really fark up a car.


Or at least ruin your day. The only blue fluid I know of for a car is windshield washer. Can you imagine smearing brake fluid all over your windshield when you try to clean it? Washer fluid in the brake lines probably wouldn't be good either.
 
2013-08-25 01:22:50 PM
This isn't weird at all, and the reason is right there in the second sentence.

How does someone know how to operate a computer to post articles, but not know something like this?  Especially when it's in the article.
 
2013-08-25 01:24:07 PM

simplicimus: Nothing To See Here: My buddy drinks Brake Fluid instead of beer. He swears he can stop anytime.

He should switch to anti-freeze. It's a little sweet, but otherwise OK.
By the way, blinker fluid is purple, right? There seems to be a shortage in Texas. Anyone know a good substitute?


Dot 5 brake fluid is purple
 
2013-08-25 02:17:29 PM
So the NHTSA is just now figuring out that ATE Super Blue is blue? It's been blue for quite a while now, and is no more dangerous than its amber-colored equivalent. I track my car and use the ATE Super Blue every other time I bleed/flush my brakes because it's easier to see when the old fluid is bled from the brake line.
 
2013-08-25 02:56:27 PM
We add blue dye to our hydraulic fluid so that the operator can see a trail when there is a leak on the snow in the middle of the night.  That trail tells the operator to look at the gauges which tell him/her that there's a leak.

/not lol
 
2013-08-25 03:23:12 PM

simplicimus: Nothing To See Here: My buddy drinks Brake Fluid instead of beer. He swears he can stop anytime.

He should switch to anti-freeze. It's a little sweet, but otherwise OK.
By the way, blinker fluid is purple, right? There seems to be a shortage in Texas. Anyone know a good substitute?


Sure do, here's a quick tutorial on how to install it.

NSFW
 
2013-08-25 03:52:51 PM

syrynxx: Odd but important.  Like the skunk smell added to natural gas, it's how everyone identifies it.


Except that in the case of natural gas, it's the only way to identify it.  Methane is odorless to humans, because we evolved without enough of us dying to methane explosions.
 
2013-08-25 04:48:25 PM

simplicimus: Nothing To See Here: My buddy drinks Brake Fluid instead of beer. He swears he can stop anytime.

He should switch to anti-freeze. It's a little sweet, but otherwise OK.
By the way, blinker fluid is purple, right? There seems to be a shortage in Texas. Anyone know a good substitute?




K9-P fluid.
 
2013-08-25 05:11:53 PM
Brake fluid is clear (DOT 5 is rare and specific). Putting dye in it is dumb, and could lead to misdiagnosis of system contamination, which is rarely a cheap repair.
 
2013-08-25 05:26:20 PM

MalumAltor: Brake fluid is clear (DOT 5 is rare and specific). Putting dye in it is dumb, and could lead to misdiagnosis of system contamination, which is rarely a cheap repair.


Bullshiat.  I put DOT 4 and DOT 5 all the time in different colors for the race cars.  Yes, it's often special order, but it makes it damned easy to tell when it's flushed.  If you're running DOT 4 blue and it's time to flush the system, you know you're done when it's not purple, but red because you used red this time.  Next time back to blue.

Wash rinse and repeat.
 
zez
2013-08-25 06:06:59 PM
I thinks it's so when you see a puddle of something on the floor of your garage you have some sort of idea what is leaking due to the color. If the brake fluid is the same color as say, anti-freeze, you might be trying to find the leak in the wrong place.
 
2013-08-25 06:32:06 PM

zez: I thinks it's so when you see a puddle of something on the floor of your garage you have some sort of idea what is leaking due to the color. If the brake fluid is the same color as say, anti-freeze, you might be trying to find the leak in the wrong place.




I can tell by the smell.

Axle grease is foul smelling.
 
2013-08-25 07:20:55 PM

simplicimus: By the way, blinker fluid is purple, right? There seems to be a shortage in Texas. Anyone know a good substitute?


Prop Wash can work in a pinch.
 
2013-08-25 07:37:04 PM

simplicimus: Nothing To See Here: My buddy drinks Brake Fluid instead of beer. He swears he can stop anytime.

He should switch to anti-freeze. It's a little sweet, but otherwise OK.
By the way, blinker fluid is purple, right? There seems to be a shortage in Texas. Anyone know a good substitute?


10W-40
 
2013-08-25 07:55:54 PM

jake_lex: syrynxx: Odd but important.  Like the skunk smell added to natural gas, it's how everyone identifies it.

Yeap.  Put the wrong fluid in the wrong place, and you can really fark up a car.


Deal with an idiot over the phone who can only tell you the fluid is pink. Then you know why the color coding is important.
 
2013-08-25 08:07:30 PM
So they are going to stop selling that royal purple stuff too?
 
2013-08-25 08:33:57 PM
Damnit Walter stick to meth.
 
2013-08-25 11:02:18 PM

jake_lex: syrynxx: Odd but important.  Like the skunk smell added to natural gas, it's how everyone identifies it.

Yeap.  Put the wrong fluid in the wrong place, and you can really fark up a car.


You sure don't want to get any on the paint, that's really the wrong place.
 
2013-08-25 11:15:33 PM

jankyboy: So the NHTSA is just now figuring out that ATE Super Blue is blue? It's been blue for quite a while now, and is no more dangerous than its amber-colored equivalent. I track my car and use the ATE Super Blue every other time I bleed/flush my brakes because it's easier to see when the old fluid is bled from the brake line.


Same here. Time to stock up on the blue.
 
2013-08-25 11:35:12 PM

Tourney3p0: This isn't weird at all, and the reason is right there in the second sentence.

How does someone know how to operate a computer to post articles, but not know something like this?  Especially when it's in the article.


WELCOME TO FARK!
 
2013-08-26 02:18:09 AM
Brake fluid is clear (DOT 5 is rare and specific). Putting dye in it is dumb, and could lead to misdiagnosis of system contamination, which is rarely a cheap repair.

Ate Super Blue has been around for a couple of decades as a specialty product used by the sort of people who bleed their own brakes. It isn't exactly the sort of thing that people who aren't expressly familiar with what brake fluid is and how to buy it is going to get all confused about.

Banning it's importation is just straight up government stupidity of the tallest order.
 
2013-08-26 09:01:54 AM
Do as I say not what I do since I got mine here's a big fark you.
 
2013-08-26 10:04:10 AM
There was a long discussion about this on one of the car sites a few days ago. The blue brake fluid has been illegal since 1972 but nobody did anything about it until now. I think the working theory is that a competitor blew the whistle.

The stuff is only supposed to be sold to people who know what they're doing, so there really shouldn't be any consumer confusion, but here we are anyway.
 
2013-08-26 10:07:29 AM

pdieten: There was a long discussion about this on one of the car sites a few days ago. The blue brake fluid has been illegal since 1972 but nobody did anything about it until now. I think the working theory is that a competitor blew the whistle.

The stuff is only supposed to be sold to people who know what they're doing, so there really shouldn't be any consumer confusion, but here we are anyway.




I wonder how many are pumping diesal into their gas-powered vehicle right now.
 
2013-08-26 10:17:21 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Axle grease is foul smelling.


I love the smell of 90 weight.  Dont ask me why but I have always have.
 
2013-08-26 10:28:26 AM

Saiga410: StoPPeRmobile: Axle grease is foul smelling.

I love the smell of 90 weight.  Dont ask me why but I have always have.


I bet you love cilantro. Freaks!

50 gallon drums of that shiat. Artillery grease. Nasty.
 
2013-08-26 02:27:18 PM
Uzbeks are always drinking mine!
 
2013-08-26 02:53:34 PM

jankyboy: So the NHTSA is just now figuring out that ATE Super Blue is blue? It's been blue for quite a while now, and is no more dangerous than its amber-colored equivalent. I track my car and use the ATE Super Blue every other time I bleed/flush my brakes because it's easier to see when the old fluid is bled from the brake line.


This was the main group of people that used it - people who track their daily driver.  They alternate Super Blue with Typ 200.  That group is highly unlikely to get it confused.  I did this when I first started tracking my car (I eventually started using Motul RBF600).  I still can't believe it took the NHTSA so long to figure it all out.
 
2013-08-26 02:58:18 PM

rohar: MalumAltor: Brake fluid is clear (DOT 5 is rare and specific). Putting dye in it is dumb, and could lead to misdiagnosis of system contamination, which is rarely a cheap repair.

Bullshiat.  I put DOT 4 and DOT 5 all the time in different colors for the race cars.  Yes, it's often special order, but it makes it damned easy to tell when it's flushed.  If you're running DOT 4 blue and it's time to flush the system, you know you're done when it's not purple, but red because you used red this time.  Next time back to blue.

Wash rinse and repeat.


Do you mean DOT 5 or do you really mean DOT 5.1?  I believe DOT 5 is silicone-based and can not be mixed with DOT 4 and 5.1 which is mineral-based.  There are obviously DOT 5 racing fluids (Castrol SRF, is one, I believe), but you can't mix/bleed them with anything other than DOT 5.
 
2013-08-26 06:28:54 PM
DOT 5 can't be used with ABS brakes.
 
2013-08-26 07:12:44 PM
This is moronic.  ATE has 2 lines of brake fluid, super blue and super gold that are identical except for the color.  The whole point is when you flush out the your brake fluid you alternate colors, that way you know when you have all the old fluid out of the system.

If you have gold and are switching to blue, you bleed each corner until blue comes out.

ATE has also been selling Super blue for easily 20 years.
 
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