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moosetestbestanden
April 2nd, 2014, 08:16 AM
Yes, it's true. The Original Bremsflügssigkeit ATe Superblue brake fluid is no longer available here in the Land of the Free. Apparently the Feds banned it because....

it is blue.

Which evidently violates a federal standard.

Sigh.

Doug Liedblad
April 2nd, 2014, 09:05 AM
you can still buy it on ebay - for motorsport use only


ATE Super Blue Dot 4 Brake Fluid Motorsport use only
Not Dot approved because of the blue color.

This high performance Brake Fluid is ideal for coping with the extreme demands posed by motor racing, autocross, or high performance driving.

Designed to excel within the extreme demands made on a race vehicle and exceeds all DOT4 standards.

It is compatible with and will mix well with most DOT3, DOT4, or DOT 5.1 fluids.

Exceeds all DOT 4 requirements

Dry boiling point 536 deg. F, wet boiling point 396 deg. F

This fluid is NOT SILICONE and is compatible with conventional brake fluid.

slomove
April 2nd, 2014, 04:34 PM
Not listed with the usual sources though.

But there is still ATE Typ200 which is exactly the same juice as the blue one except it is yellow. That precludes of course swapping colors with every change to see if the old stuff is out of the system.

moosetestbestanden
April 2nd, 2014, 06:55 PM
Not listed with the usual sources though.

But there is still ATE Typ200 which is exactly the same juice as the blue one except it is yellow. That precludes of course swapping colors with every change to see if the old stuff is out of the system.

Yeah, I picked up 2 liters today. ETY Auto Parts in Eagle Rock has it. Remember them for your Japanese and German car needs. I always prefer to buy locally if possible, and they're on the way home from work.

It's REALLY annoying though, particularly because of the reason.

GWise
April 2nd, 2014, 07:40 PM
I wonder how much food coloring it would take... :)

moosetestbestanden
April 3rd, 2014, 07:28 AM
I wonder how much food coloring it would take... :)

I don't think I would go there myself. The chemistry of hygroscopic fluids is waaaay beyond my knowledge set. And for some reason I find brakes (occasionally) useful.:-D

I remember many years ago reading on a forum some guy's complaints about the brakes on his Lotus 7. A contributor replied "well, if you don't like them, don't use them so much.":-)