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Check/Add Brake Fluid Mazda 3 2013-2018

Step-by-step procedure on how to check and add brake fluid on a 2013-2018 Mazda 3 3rd Gen.

ESTIMATED TIME 5 - 10 mins
DIY COST $ 15 - 20
DIFFICULTY Very Easy

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What you will need

Procedure

  1. Unlock the vehicle and pull the hood release under the dashboard.Pulling the hood release to pop out the hood.

     

  2. Locate the hood latch at the front and slide the tab to the right to unlock it.Sliding the tab to unlock the hood latch.

     

  3. Pull the hood up and set the hood rod to hold the hood open.Setting the hood strut to hold the hood.

     

  4. Locate the brake fluid reservoir on the driver's side of the engine compartment near the firewall.Brake Fluid Reservoir of the 2016 Mazda 3.

     

  5. Check the fluid level by lighting the reservoir and have a clearer vision of the fluid level.The min and max indicator on the brake fluid reservoir.

     

    Checking the brake fluid level.
  6. Clean the area around the cap with a clean cloth first. Next, twist the cap counterclockwise to open the reservoir.Opening the brake fluid reservoir.

     

  7. Pour the brake fluid into the reservoir. Make sure to use unopened or freshly sealed brake fluid to prevent moisture and air on the brakes. Do not fill past the MAXIMUM line. 
  8. Place the cap back to the reservoir and twist it clockwise to close the reservoir.Closing the brake fluid reservoir.

     

Notes

  • The recommended brake fluid type is also listed in your owner's manual. 
  • The recommended brake fluid type is also noted on the top of the cap for the brake fluid reservoir.
  • Do not allow the brake fluid to spill on the paint of the vehicle. If brake fluid gets on the paint, wash it off with water. Brake fluid can damage the paint. 
  • Note that a brake light staying on at startup can indicate a problem with the brake system, but it can be an issue with the charging system or battery in some cases.
  • You should not lose brake fluid regularly. If you are losing brake fluid, have the brake system checked by a mechanic immediately. 
  • If your brake warning light (or ABS light) comes on or is flashing while driving or at startup, stop and check the brake fluid level.
  • Driving with the brake light on can put you, your passenger, and others at risk.
Check/Add Brake Fluid Mazda 3 2013-2018 Step-by-step procedure on how to check and add brake fluid on a 2013-2018 Mazda 3 3rd Gen.