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Old 08-16-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Cool Get your ATE Super Blue NOW!!!!

This has got to be filed in the really unbelievable section.

http://hooniverse.com/2013/08/16/bra...-distribution/



Last night, we heard through the grapevine that Alfred Teves Enginieering (ATE, a division of Continental) would be discontinuing the sales and distribution of the popular “Super Blue” variant of its DOT 4 brake fluid. Apparently the Super Blue fluid has run afoul of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard after nearly 15 years on the market for being blue. For the correspondence Continental sent to their distributors, and more of the story, click through the break.


It seems that the federal government has taken 15 years to figure out that Super Blue fluid is, in fact, blue in color. Evidently there is a stipulation that all brake fluids distributed in the US must be either clear or amber in color. This begs the question, why is that a law? The blue color was one of the major selling points of Super Blue fluid, as it made a complete bleed of your braking system much easier to accomplish. I would use ATE Super Blue and ATE Typ 200 fluids alternately (Typ 200 is the amber version of Super Blue), filling the master cylinder with one color, and when the color coming out through the caliper changed, it was easy to tell that all of the old fluid had been expunged from the system.

As this is effective immediately, the supply line for this brake fluid has already dried up. That said, there are likely some retail establishments that will continue to have it on their shelves until it is sold out, and some of those retailers will likely continue importing Super Blue under the auspices of “For Off-Highway Use Only”, but we’ll see. In the long run, I guess these are the brakes…



Really.... no, REALLY!?!?!?!?

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Old 08-16-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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Brilliant law.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:34 PM   #3
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Why don't they just put "For off highway use only" like all the other race car stuff that's not legal for use on public roadways.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:37 PM   #4
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Maybe they will just have to start selling a coloring dye kit that you can use to color a bottle of fluid before putting it in the car.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:38 PM   #5
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Well, I was on the fence about ordering some for my clutch fluid. Kind of made up my mind for me.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:13 PM   #6
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thats funny. its blue!!!!! i dont understand why it is blue but jeez. now if they will only ban dyed oils!
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:33 PM   #7
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You've gotta love the government...

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Old 08-16-2013, 09:53 PM   #8
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The standard (FMVSS 116) has been in place for over 40 years, but only now Continental has figured out they don't want to be part of any liability. I wonder why it took Ate 15 years to sort that out. It's really no great loss as there are dozens of fluids that are better. This one was OK for the price, but you often get what you pay for.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:04 AM   #9
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Welp, amazon cancelled my order. Looks like its gone for good.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:10 AM   #10
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:14 AM   #11
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