Here is the email thread I began about the color of brake fluid. Does anyone think I got the runaround???
Jul 11 2017, 04:05pm via System
If you are curious about the history behind this regulation, you can read the entire history at www.regulations.gov
You'll find that the overwhelming percentage of Americans who offered comments were very much in favor of the regulation for a host of reasons they provided. Comments were made by auto industry officials, safety advocates, chemical engineers, and regular run-of-the mill citizens. Before any rule becomes final, Americans are given ample opportunity to voice their opinions on both sides of the issue.
Perhaps it is time to update this regulation, and if so, the process will again play itself and you will have a chance to write in why you would like to see the change.
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Jul 11 2017, 03:55pm via Email
Please see attachment X71.116 Standard No. 116 (See S5.1.14).
Jul 11 2017, 03:23pm via System
We were not aware that there were any federal regulations enforced by the USDOT that dealt with brake fluid color. Can you give us the exact citation/regulation that you are referring to?
Jul 08, 2017 via System
Brake Fluid Color
In line with President Trump's initiative to reduce unneeded regulations I request that the regulation requiring brake fluid to be "clear" be eliminated. I can think of no reason for it to exist. You used to be able to buy "clear" or "blue" brake fluid. This was useful when you flushed out the brake system because you could use the different color to see when the old fluid was gone. Can't do that anymore.
David W. Martin
National Transportation Library
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
U. S. Department of Transportation
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