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This guide will provide instructions on adding brake fluid to the 2004-2013 BMW 3-Series.

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Common symptoms that you need brake fluid include the brake warning light staying on in your BMW.

  • Low Brake Fluid Warning
  • Red Brake Light On
  • ABS Warning

What you will need


  1. Open Hood. Pull the hood release under the dashboard to release the hood. how to add break brake fluid on BMW  3-Series 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  2. Locate the brake fluid reservoir on your BMW 3-Series. Clean the brake fluid reservoir with a clean cloth. The brake fluid reservoir is below the plastic cover on the driver's side. You will need to remove the plastic cover to access the reservoir. diy guide add brake fluid 316i, 318i, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335is, 335xi, 320d, 320xd, 325d, 330d, 330xd, 335d, M3, and M3 GTS
  3. Determine Low/Max level. Check brake fluid level on BMW 3-Series. Determine the current brake fluid level by looking at the maximum and minimum marks on the reservoir's side. How to Add brake fluid to BMW  3-Series 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  4. Add the recommended brake fluid. Add brake fluid until the level is just below the MAX/Full mark. Do not fill the brake reservoir with brake fluid all the way to the top. 

These instructions apply to 2004-2013 BMW 3-Series models such as

  • 316i
  • 318i
  • 320i
  • 323i
  • 325xi
  • 328i
  • 330i
  • 335i
  • 320d
  • 325d and M3