Cadillac Escalade: Brake Fluid - Vehicle Checks - Vehicle Care - Cadillac Escalade Owner's ManualCadillac Escalade: Brake Fluid

The brake master cylinder reservoir is filled with DOT 3 brake fluid. See Engine

The brake master cylinder reservoir is filled with DOT 3 brake fluid. See Engine Compartment Overview   for the location of the reservoir.

There are only two reasons why the brake fluid level in the reservoir might go down:

  • The brake fluid level goes down because of normal brake lining wear. When new linings are installed, the fluid level goes back up.
  • A fluid leak in the brake hydraulic system can also cause a low fluid level. Have the brake hydraulic system fixed, since a leak means that sooner or later the brakes will not work well.

Do not top off the brake fluid. Adding fluid does not correct a leak. If fluid is added when the linings are worn, there will be too much fluid when new brake linings are installed. Add or remove brake fluid, as necessary, only when work is done on the brake hydraulic system.

WARNING WARNING

If too much brake fluid is added, it can spill on the engine and burn, if the engine is hot enough. You or others could be burned, and the vehicle could be damaged. Add brake fluid only when work is done on the brake hydraulic system. See “Checking Brake Fluid” in this section.

When the brake fluid falls to a low level, the brake warning light comes on. See Brake System Warning Light  .

Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine when to check the brake fluid. See Maintenance Schedule  .

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Checking Brake Fluid
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