'01 Softail brake fluid

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by martin14, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. martin14

    martin14 Active Member

    Oh-oh, not sure what's going on here.

    Just finished changing the brake fluids on my bike, 2001 Softail Standard

    Front master reservoir cap said DOT 5
    Manual said DOT 5
    Indy said DOT 5

    So I used DOT 5.

    While cleaning up the rear reservoir, I noticed the rear reservoir was stamped DOT 4 :shock

    So, my questions are:

    What came out of the rear was clear fluid, like old DOT 5
    What does old DOT 4 look like ?

    Is it possible the front brakes would be DOT 5 and the rear DOT 4 ?
    I don't think so, but I guess everything is possible.

    Have a made a boo boo ?
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    Are you the original owner? If not, could the rear reservoir have been replaced at some point?
  3. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

    I'd think it more probable that the rear master cylinder cover had been replaced, than the whole rear system. I'd be confident with following the service manual.
    I may be remembering wrong, but I thought DOT5 was purple-ish?? Is there a European/US difference I wonder?
  4. martin14

    martin14 Active Member

    I'm not the original owner, so it might be the cover.

    Using Bel Ray DOT 5 straight from the US, nice and purple.

    The old stuff was clear.
    I had not changed the rear fluid for 3 years, no idea when it was done before that.
  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Dot 5 is indeed purple, over time it will crystallize in our motorcycles, if the fluid is doming out clear or slight yellow in color it is dot 4. If you were to mismatch fluids by mistake a total flush of the system should be good to go
  6. martin14

    martin14 Active Member

    Thank you for your answers...