How to check your cars brake fluid level

Your cars brake fluid is best checked with the engine switched off, at ambient temperature and on flat, level ground.

Firstly start by opening the bonnet, then locate the brake fluid reservoir. If you have difficulty locating your cars brake fluid reservoir then check your owners manual.

Once located, there should be a Low-High mark clearly visible on the side of the reservoir. If your cars brake fluid is found to be low (On or below the halfway mark) it is advised to top up the system. Note, please check the manufacturer’s recommendations for brake fluid type. Also, it is advised NOT to use brake fluid that is older than 12 months or that has been sitting in an open container. Doing so can greatly affect your cars ability to stop safely.

To top up your cars brake fluid, firstly wipe clean the cap of the reservoir ensuring there is no dust or debris likely to fall into the open reservoir and remove it carefully. Please note that brake fluid can quickly damage the paint on your car, so all care should be taken not to spill or drop fluid on the paint. If brake fluid does make contact with the paint, quickly wash off with water, ensuring no water is sprayed into the open brake fluid reservoir.

To top up the brake fluid, carefully add 25ml at a time to the reservoir ensuring you do not fill past the ‘High’ mark. Once the level reaches the upper mark, carefully refit the cap and wipe down any spilled brake fluid.  Again, use only new brake fluid as per the manufacturer’s recommendation.

It is also recommended to have your brake fluid flushed and bled every 24-36 months. If you think your cars brake fluid may be older than this, or is very dark or brown, please contact Green Bean Auto.