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In this guide, you will find instructions on how to check the brake fluid level on a Volkswagen. These instructions will help you learn how to check and add brake fluid to Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Golf, GLI, Routan, Tiguan, etc. 

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How to check add brake fluid on a Volkswagen Golf Jetta Passat Routan Tiguan Bettle
  1. Park the Volkswagen on level ground. 
  2. Turn off the ignition and set the parking brake(s). 
  3. Pull the hood release under the dashboard. 
  4. Go to the front of the vehicle, release the hood latch, and lift the hood.
  5. Secure the hood with the hood rod or ensure the hood stays up on its own. 
  6. Locate the brake fluid reservoir in the engine bay on the driver's side—a white reservoir with a black cap in the picture above. 
  7. Determine the brake fluid level by looking at the side of the container. If the level is below the MIN mark, you will need to add brake fluid. 
  8. Clean the cap with a clean cloth and look at the top to determine the brake fluid type required for your Volkswagen. 
  9. Remove the cap and add brake fluid. Do not fill above the MAX line. 

How often should I change VW brake fluid? 

We recommend flushing the VW brake system every two years. 

Moisture can build up and corrode the brake lines, causing pistons to seize and metal pipes to rust. 

How often should I check the brake fluid level on my vehicle?

On average, once a year, it is normal to check the brake fluid level, but if you live in a high-humidity area, we recommend checking the level more often.

VW Brake Fluid Type

OEM VW Brake FLuid Type

Every VW model is different. The best way to find the brake fluid type that your VW uses is to look at the brake fluid reservoir's cap. On top of the brake fluid cap, you will find the recommended brake fluid your particular Volkswagen uses. 

The most common brake fluid type used on Volkswagen vehicles is DOT4, with VW part number B 000 750 M2. Older Volkswagen vehicles may use DOT3, while newer models use DOT5. Always check the recommended brake fluid on the brake fluid cap or the owner's manual.

Aftermarket brake fluids can be used as long as they are the correct brake fluid type and meet the specifications. 


  • Allow the engine to cool down. The engine may be hot and can potentially cause burns.