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This guide provides instructions on how to check brake fluid levels and add brake fluid on Chevrolet vehicles.

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Common symptoms that you need brake fluid include a "Low Brake Fluid" warning message and brake light constantly staying ON.

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

It is not recommended to drive the brake light on. 

What you will need

  • GM Brake Fluid
    • The required type is printed on top of the brake fluid cap and the owner's manual. 


If the brake level is low, add brake fluid immediately. Only use brake fluid noted on the cap of your Chevrolet brake fluid reservoir or owner's manual.

  1. Pull the hood release under the dashboard of the Chevrolet. 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 bay. chevrolet brake fluid reservoir

  3. Determine Low/Max level by looking at the side of the reservoir. chevy brake fluid levelEnsure the current brake fluid levels between the maximum and minimum marks on the side of the reservoir.How to Add brake fluid to Chevrolet  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, add brake fluid. 
  5. Always look at the cap of the brake fluid reservoir to determine the correct brake fluid type. brake fluid type
  6. Add brake fluid until the level reaches just below the MAX/Full mark. Do not fill the Chevrolet brake reservoir above the maximum mark.

These instructions apply to Chevrolet models such as

  • Spark
  • Sonic
  • Bolt
  • Volt
  • Cruze
  • Malibu
  • Impala
  • Camaro
  • Corvette
  • City Express
  • Trax, Equinox
  • Traverse
  • Tahoe
  • Suburban
  • Colorado
  • Silverado
  • Sonic
  • Blazer
  • Astro
  • HHR
  • Uplander
  • Avalanche