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Use only brake fluid conforming to Federal DOT 3 specifications.
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The fluid level of the master cylinder should be checked when performing any underehood services, or immediately when the brake system warning lamp indicates a system failure. Otherwise it is recommended to check the fluid level twice a year. The master cylinder is mounted on the firewall, and has a reservoir to add DOT 3 fluid to.
On vehicles with the anti-lock brake system, depressurize the system BEFORE, inspecting the fluid level. Turn OFF the ignition and remove the key. Pump the brake pedal at least 50 times to relieve the pressure in the brake system.
To check the fluid level, simply look through the reservoir at the max line. If the level is up to this spot, no fluid is necessary. If the level is not met, unscrew the cap to remove. Place a clean funnel into position, then add enough fluid to acquire the correct level. Clean any spilt fluid from the reservoir, then install the cap.
Brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air, which reduces its effectiveness and causes corrosion. Never leave the brake fluid container or master cylinder uncovered any longer than necessary. Brake fluid also damages paint. If any is spilled, it should be washed off immediately with clear, cold water.