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How do I refill brake fluid?

For optimum functioning of your brake system, we advise you regularly check your brake fluid level. Caution, before refilling the brake fluid level in your reservoir, you should first check the condition of the brake pads and make sure that there are no leaks. It is tempting to refill your brake fluid level when the quantity in the reservoir is less than the 'minimum' mark on the dipstick. However, if the brake pads are too worn, meaning their thickness is significantly reduced, then they will leave more room for the brake fluid, and so the quantity in the reservoir will be less even if the overall quantity stays the same.

If the brake fluid level does not significantly reduce when all parts are in good condition, it may be that small amount is lost simply over time. In this case, you can top up your brake fluid.
For optimum performance of your brake system, we advise you regularly check your brake fluid level. This is a quick, very easy task that requires very little equipment:

  • Gloves
  • A small funnel
  • A fresh bottle of coolant

To find out if your brake fluid needs topping up, you can start by doing a visual check of the level.

Firstly, park your vehicle on a level ground, with the handbrake on, and wait for your engine to cool.
Then, open up the bonnet and locate your brake fluid reservoir. It is a translucent tank, with a screw cap, located on the driver's side (caution, do not confuse it with the windscreen wash fluid reservoir or coolant tank).
Inspect the dipstick situated on the side of the reservoir and add clean and fresh brake fluid using a small funnel (it is important not to spill any over the side, as brake fluid is moderately corrosive), and fill to the maximum level.
Do not forget to seal the reservoir and close the bonnet.

You are good to go for about another 3 months, when it will be time to do another check.

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