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    Motul RBF Date Code

    How do I read this date code? I just received this so I find it hard to believe it's from 2017. But, previous bottles I have received have been in the format day/month/year.

    Specifically: day.month.year

    Now they use / between the numbers. Maybe the format changed as well?
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    Interesting. I can check mine when I get home, but I would assume it is still DD/MM/YY.

    Is there any kind of Copyright/Trademark/Etc information on the bottom of the label? Sometimes the year there can be an indication/reinforcement of age, too.

    Motul says their brake fluids have a minimum shelf life of 2 years. That being a hair over 3 is very likely fine for street driving. I probably wouldn't trust it on track though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usmcfieldmp View Post
    Interesting. I can check mine when I get home, but I would assume it is still DD/MM/YY.

    Is there any kind of Copyright/Trademark/Etc information on the bottom of the label? Sometimes the year there can be an indication/reinforcement of age, too.
    Nothing else on the bottle.

    I have old bottles from 2015 to 2019 (except for 2017 of course) and they are all day.month.year. Numbers separated by . not /

    So 2017 would be the one year they used /'s ??
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    Some countries they use year/ month/day... bottle was mfg on December 17 2020
    confusing as all hell sometimes and of course there is no international standard for stuff like this.

    MFG date is not as critical as date you open container. When you open brake fluid container write the date on the container. Once you break the seal the fluid will start to take on atmosphere. Brake fluids boiling point will gradually decrease when its exposed to atmosphere. Rules we use for racecars and brake fluid. Factory sealed brake fluid containers 1 year max shelf life. Opened containers 90 days max shelf life. Dot3 brake fluid you can get away a little longer then Dot5 but why take a chance; Brake fluid is cheap compared to racecar crash repair. Daily driver street cars and brake fluid is little more lenient open container we dont use after 6 months.

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    I agree on 2020. I cracked open one of them and the fluid is crystal clear. Why change date format now after all these years?!?!?

    I do write the year on the bottle when I get them as you can see in the photo above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Back In Black View Post
    I agree on 2020. I cracked open one of them and the fluid is crystal clear. Why change date format now after all these years?!?!?

    I do write the year on the bottle when I get them as you can see in the photo above.
    98% of the world doesnt check or even care about the dates on brake fluid bottles. We are the lucky 2%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Back In Black View Post
    I agree on 2020. I cracked open one of them and the fluid is crystal clear. Why change date format now after all these years?!?!?
    I would guess that manufacturing facility 89774 is in a different country than facility# 80868 and uses a different date code scheme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZTVR View Post
    I would guess that manufacturing facility 89774 is in a different country than facility# 80868 and uses a different date code scheme.
    Good call. different bottling plant just like coke and pepsi.

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    Thought i should mention this for what its worth. Maybe it can help someone having brake problems. We never had much luck with alot of common racing brake brake fluids. Motul 600, Motul 660, castrol, AP, Ate racing, willwood, etc. Thats not say they dont work they just didnt work for us. If you have braking problems like fade, excessive air when bleeding etc; we found PFC665 to be the best brake fluid we have run so far. Its a little harder to find but worth the effort. We stock it and RPX ( race parts express) also stocks it


 

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