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Old Apr 7th 2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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Brake fluid Dark???

I was stopped by another Ducatist. He said my brake and clutch fluids were too dark and should be "yellowish" color. I looked at his and they were in fact a "yellowis" color. I think he had an 03 or 04 998s.

Is everyone else's brake and clutch fluids very dark.
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Old Apr 7th 2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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most of my ducs the clutch fluid always gets dark, the rear brake to a lesser extent and the front brake hardly at all.

Doesn't hurt to flush it at least once a year for peace of mind. I don't recall anyone ever saying that it degrades the function of brake/clutch by being dark.




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I was stopped by another Ducatist. He said my brake and clutch fluids were too dark and should be "yellowish" color. I looked at his and they were in fact a "yellowis" color. I think he had an 03 or 04 998s.

Is everyone else's brake and clutch fluids very dark.
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Old Apr 7th 2013, 04:15 PM   #3
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Old Apr 7th 2013, 07:14 PM   #4
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Old Apr 7th 2013, 10:49 PM   #5
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Nope all clear, bled my rear rear Brake yesterday still all clear. I think we should take a poll of what brake fluid everyone is using. I'm curious to know why some are turning black. Could it be the Shell Ducati recommends?

I use Castrol dot 4 synthetic
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Old Apr 7th 2013, 11:46 PM   #6
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Nope all clear, bled my rear rear Brake yesterday still all clear. I think we should take a poll of what brake fluid everyone is using. I'm curious to know why some are turning black. Could it be the Shell Ducati recommends?

I use Castrol dot 4 synthetic
Probably,
My just checked my brothers 848evo. His rear brake is black as.
The front is dark, but not black.
Same for the clutch.

Mine, jet black at the rear and the fronts are much darker than his.

My 848SF had no issues, though I've no idea actually what the fuilds are.
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Old Apr 8th 2013, 01:29 AM   #7
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For whatever reason, the clutch and brake fluids on my Pani get darker than on any of the bikes/cars I've ever had in the past. (My 1199 burns through clutch fluid in 3 months faster than my race car would in 3 seasons.)

It should look like canola oil, unless you're using ATE Blue. If it looks like dark sesame oil, time to flush. It's a 5 minute job and requires no special tools, so there's no excuse for not knowing how to do it.
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Old Apr 8th 2013, 04:42 PM   #8
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My rear brake fluid is black. With the location of the rear reservoir being right next to the engine, I'm not at all surprised.
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I heard that when it gets dark like that its because of heat. Idk if it looses it function when it gets too dark like your clutch or brakes may fail but flush it out for piece of mind.
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Just ordered a mityvac. Gonna take care of this straight up. Probably go with Motul
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