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What you will need
- Brake fluid
- Owners manual recommends using DOT 3 or DOT 4. The recommended brake fluid is also printed on top of the brake fluid reservoir cap.
- Open the hood. Pull the hood release under the dashboard and go to the front of the vehicle. Then unlock the hood latch and pull the hood release. Use the hood support to secure the hood up.
- Locate the brake fluid tank on the driver's side behind the engine.
- Check the fluid level by looking at the side of the reservoir. Or open the cap of the brake fluid. The tank has lines on the side that indicates the max and min of the fluid level.
- Open the cap of the brake fluid by turning it counterclockwise if you need to add brake fluid. Use the brake fluid recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer. Make sure that the brake fluid you use is from an unopen container.
- Close the cap by turning it clockwise.
- The recommended brake fluid type is also listed in your owner's manual.
- The recommended brake fluid type is also noted on the top of the cap for the brake fluid reservoir.
- Do not allow the brake fluid to spill on the paint of the vehicle. If brake fluid gets on the paint, wash it off with water. Brake fluid can damage the paint.
- Note that a brake light staying on at startup can indicate a problem with the brake system, but it can be an issue with the charging system or battery in some cases.
- You should not lose brake fluid regularly. If you are losing brake fluid, have the brake system checked by a mechanic immediately.
- If your brake warning light (or ABS light) comes on or is flashing while driving or at startup, stop and check the brake fluid level.
- Driving with the brake light on can put you, your passenger, and others at risk.