Check your brake fluid whenever you have the bonnet open
It takes only a minute to check your brake fluid levels
If the level is low, it’s worth getting it checked out by a mechanic
Most other fluids, such as gearbox oil and power-steering fluid don’t need checking outside of routine servicing, but it’s worth checking your brake fluid level while you have the bonnet open. If the level is low, or falling quickly, it could indicate a potentially dangerous leak in the braking system that could lead to brake failure.
The brake fluid reservoir is on top of the master cylinder, which is usually located in one of the back corners of the engine compartment. Just as for other car fluids, the brake fluid level should sit near the high marking on the reservoir.
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These checks are also part of a routine car service, so a regular trip to the mechanic will bring peace of mind that your engine is healthy and your car is safe.