How to check brake fluid level on Cadillac vehicles
Updated Thursday Mar 29, 2018
In this guide, you will find instructions on how to check level and add brake fluid on Cadillac vehicles. Common symptoms that you need brake fluid include the brake warning light staying on even when you to start start to drive your Cadillac. If that is the case, first you need to make sure the parking brakes are fully released. Next, you need to check the brake fluid. If the brake fluid level is low add brake fluid. Only use brake fluid noted on the cap of your Cadillac brake fluid reservoir or ownes manual. These instructions apply to 1995-2020 MCadillac models such as ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, Escalade, SRX, DTS, STS, BLS, XLR . Below you will find step by step directions and video clips to help you add brake fluid to your Cadillac.Back to top
- Low Brake Fluid Warning
- Brake Light On
- Brake pedal is soft.
- Brake pedal can be pressed all the way
2. What you will need
- Cadillac Brake Fluid (Dot 3 or 4)
Step 1 - Open Hood
Pull the hood release under the dashboard of your Cadillac. Open the hood and secure it in the open position.
Step 2 - Locate Brake Fluid Reservoir
Locate the brake fluid reservoir (#3) on your Cadillac . Clean the brake fluid reservoir with a clean cloth before removing the cap.
Step 3 - Determine Low/Max level
Check the current fluid level. Ensure the current brake fluid level is between the maximum and minimum marks. If the brake fluid level is below the minimum level, continue to the next step.
Step 4 - Add Brake Fluid
Look at the cap of the brake fluid reseroivr to deterine the correct brake fluid type. Add brake fluid until the level reaches just below the MAX/Full mark. Do not fill Cadillac brake reservoir above the maximum mark.Back to top
- If the brake fluid level is OK, the fault in the brake system may have been caused by a failure of the ABS control function.
- If air enters your brake lines, the vehicle will be difficult to stop.
- If the brake warning light flashes, it indicates there is a major problem with the brake system.
- Driving with the BRAKE light on can increase the risk of fatal accident.
- A fault code may be stored in the brake module or ABS module if the brake fluid level is low.
- Brake fluid level is monitored electronically.
- It is normal for the brake fluid level to drop slightly to compensate for brake pad wear. The level will rise again when brake pads are replaced. This is normal.
- The brake fluid level should never drop below the MIN mark or drop in a short time.
- Do not spill brake fluid on the paint or body of your vehicle. Brake fluid will damage the paint.
- Only use new brake fluid. Water (moisutre) in the brake fluid can cause corrosion in the brake system over time.
- Always use the recommended brake fluid type.
- Brake fluid is poisonous. Store it in a sealed original container.
- Keep brake fluid out of reach of children.
- Always dispose the brake fluid properly and comply with local laws.