Brake Fluid

The brake master cylinder and, on manual transmission vehicles, the clutch hydraulic

The brake master cylinder and, on manual transmission vehicles, the clutch hydraulic system use the same reservoir. See Engine Compartment Overview  for the location of the reservoir. The reservoir is filled with with either DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid as indicated on the reservoir cap.

There are only two reasons why the brake fluid level in the reservoir might go down:

  • The brake fluid level goes down because of normal brake lining wear. When new linings are installed, the fluid level goes back up.
  • A fluid leak in the brake/clutch hydraulic system can also cause a low fluid level. Have the brake/ clutch hydraulic system fixed, since a leak means that sooner or later the brakes will not work well.

Do not top off the brake/clutch fluid. Adding fluid does not correct a leak. If fluid is added when the linings are worn, there will be too much fluid when new brake linings are installed. Add or remove fluid, as necessary, only when work is done on the brake/clutch hydraulic system.

If too much brake fluid is added, it can spill on the engine and burn, if theWARNING

If too much brake fluid is added, it can spill on the engine and burn, if the engine is hot enough. You or others could be burned, and the vehicle could be damaged. Add brake fluid only when work is done on the brake/clutch hydraulic system.

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