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This guide provides instructions on how to check brake fluid levels on Cadillac vehicles. 

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What you will need


  1. Pull the hood release under the dashboard of the Cadillac. Open the hood and secure it in the open position.

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  2. Locate the brake fluid reservoir on the driver's side of the engine. Clean the brake fluid reservoir with a clean cloth before removing the cap.

    brake fluid reservoir location on cadillac


  3. Determine the current brake fluid level by looking at the side of the reservoir.brake fluid level The reservoir is translucent and allows you to see the current brake fluid level. How to Add brake fluid to Cadillac  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  4.  If the brake fluid level is below the minimum level, continue to the next step.
  5. Add Brake Fluid. Look at the cap of the brake fluid reservoir to determine the correct brake fluid type. Add brake fluid until the level reaches just below the MAX/Full mark. Do not fill the Cadillac brake reservoir above the maximum mark.

Only use brake fluid noted on the cap of your Cadillac brake fluid reservoir or owner's manual.

These instructions apply to 1995-2020 Cadillac models such as

  • ATS
  • CTS
  • XTS
  • CT6
  • XT5
  • Escalade
  • SRX
  • DTS
  • STS
  • BLS
  • XLR


Common symptoms that you need brake fluid include the brake warning light staying on even when you start to drive your Cadillac.

  • Low Brake Fluid Warning
  • Brake Light On
  • The brake pedal is soft.
  • The brake pedal can be pressed all the way.

Don't drive with the brake light on.