Volkswagen Check Level or Add Brake Fluid

Volkswagen Check Level or Add Brake Fluid

Is your Volkswagen brake feels soft and getting weak? Learn how to fix the problem by checking the fluid level and adding brake fluid to your Volkswagen.

What you will need

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  1. Park the Volkswagen on the level ground.
  2. Turn off the ignition and set the parking brake(s).
  3. Pull the hood release under the dashboard.
  4. Go to the front of the vehicle, release the hood latch, and lift the hood.
  5. Secure the hood with the hood rod or ensure the hood stays up on its own.
  6. Locate the brake fluid reservoir in the engine bay on the driver’s side—a white reservoir with a black cap in the picture above.
  7. Determine the brake fluid level by looking at the side of the container. If the level is below the MIN mark, you will need to add brake fluid.
  8. Clean the cap with a clean cloth and look at the top to determine the brake fluid type required for your Volkswagen.
  9. Remove the cap and add brake fluid. Do not fill above the MAX line.

How often should I change the VW brake fluid?

We recommend flushing the VW brake system every two years. Moisture can build up and corrode the brake lines, causing pistons to seize and metal pipes to rust.

How often should I check the brake fluid level on my vehicle?

On average, it is normal to check the brake fluid level once a year, but if you live in a high-humidity area, we recommend checking the level more often.

VW Brake Fluid Type

OEM VW Brake FLuid Type

Every VW model is different. The best way to find your VW’s brake fluid type is to look at the brake fluid reservoir’s cap. On top of the brake fluid cap, you will find your particular Volkswagen’s recommended brake fluid.

The most common brake fluid type used on Volkswagen vehicles is DOT4, with VW part number B 000 750 M2. Older Volkswagen vehicles may use DOT3, while newer models use DOT5. Always check the recommended brake fluid or the owner’s manual on the brake fluid cap.

Aftermarket brake fluids can be used as long as they are the correct brake fluid type and meet the specifications.


  • Allow the engine to cool down. The engine may be hot and can potentially cause burns.

We hope you find the Volkswagen Check Level or Add Brake Fluid guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Volkswagen.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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