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This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to check Toyota brake fluid levels.

Table of Contents


What You Need

  • Brake fluid
    • The recommended brake fluid is printed on the cap of the brake fluid reservoir and is also listed in your owner's manual. 
  • Clean cloth
  • Gloves


  1. Park the Toyota on level ground and set the parking brakes. Turn off the ignition. 
  2. Open the hood by pulling the release lever located under the driver's side of the dashboard. Pulling hood lever


  3. Depress the safety lever at the front of the vehicle and open the hood.Opening the hood latchOpening the hood latch 2


  4. Locate the brake fluid reservoir in the engine bay, driver's side. Toyota brake fluid reservoirToyota Camry Corolla Brake Fluid Reservoir Location


  5. Notice the level markings on the brake fluid container, and check to see if your brake fluid level is below the MIN marking. If the brake fluid level is below the MIN mark, continue to the next step. Toyota Brake Fluid Reservoir


  6. Use a clean cloth to clean the top of the reservoir. Note the recommended brake fluid type. In the following example, you can see that this Toyota requires DOT3 brake fluid as seen on top of the cap. Toyota brake fluid type
  7. Remove the cap. You will have to lift the cap or turn it counter-clockwise to remove it. 

    Add Toyota brake fluid

  8. Add the recommended brake fluid to bring the level between the MIN and MAX marks. 


Toyota Brake Light Still On After Adding Brake Fluid

Toyota Brake Light Stays on

If the brake light stays on after adding brake fluid, do not drive without having the vehicle checked by a mechanic. The brake system is a closed system, and your vehicle should not lose any brake fluid at all, no matter how many miles are on the vehicle. 

The only acceptable reason why you may have to top off Toyota brake fluid is when the brake pads wear down. The brake fluid moves from the reservoir to the brake calipers to compensate for the brake pad wear. 

If you have to add brake fluid regularly, have the vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic immediately.