How To Add Brake Fluid To Cars
Brake fluid is important as it helps activate your brakes to slow you down. It is very important that you have the right amount of fluid in your braking system. If your brake fluid looks a little low, here’s how to add brake fluid correctly.
Park your vehicle on a level surface, and set the parking brake.
With the engine off, raise the hood and find the brake master cylinder. It is usually in the back of the engine bay, on the driver’s side. Cover the fender before opening the brake master cylinder and use caution when opening a container of brake fluid, as it can damage your vehicle's paint.
Use a cloth or towel to clean the master cylinder’s reservoir and cap to prevent dirt or water from entering while you service it. Clean the fluid lines too, if they need it.
Look at the fluid level on the side of the master cylinder’s reservoir. If your brake fluid is at or above the “MIN” line, your brake fluid level is fine and you don’t need to add any.
If your fluid is below the “MIN” line, carefully pry the reservoir cap off, and then add brake fluid until the level is just under the “MAX” line. Do not overfill.
Using a completely clean towel or a lint-free cloth, clean the inside of the reservoir cap: It may have brake fluid, dirt/debris, or both on it, and needs to be clean before you put it back on.
Carefully set the reservoir cap on the reservoir, and press down on all four corners until it clicks into place.
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