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Old 03-12-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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Adding Brake Fluid???

I have been driving myself crazy and really think that this should be easy... I have a 2005 Wrangler and want to know where I add Brake fluid and if there is anything in particular I should look out for while doing it.

I just joined the forum and must say that I have been using it for about a year to solve some problems I have had like AC and heat only coming out of the defrost, adding tail light guards, and generally just trying to gain more information on easy modifications I can do myself. I have found this site to be very helpful and am happy to be part of the community.

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Old 03-12-2010, 01:40 PM   #2
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Uhmm, why do you think you need to add brake fluid? Normally you don't have to add fluid unless you inserted air by opening a section in the line, have a leak, or if you are conducting an exchange.

The FSM is a great resource to get you acquainted with your Jeep. I actually have a Jeep Chilton, Haynes, and the FSM in my garage.

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Old 03-12-2010, 01:41 PM   #3
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There is a brake fluid bottle on the top of the motor on the driver's side toward the back, just remove the cap and fill it to the full line on the side. I guess I'm a bit confused though by your post, as if you haven't looked at the bottle to see if it's low, why are you looking to add fluid? As far as what to look out for . . . be sure that you use the proper # fluid.
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Treat that open brake fluid reservoir like a sterile operating field for brain surgery after you remove the cap, you don't want any dirt getting in there while adding more brake fluid. And don't add brake fluid that has been open for a while, moisture gets inside old brake fluid containers which is really bad for a brake system. Wipe the cap and reservoir off before you even remove the cap to keep dirt from falling down inside.

The bigger question is why is it low so you need more fluid?
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Thanks for the responses

Thanks guys...

One of my buddies did me a favor and changed my oil. He is certainly very knowledgeable as he works in a shop and told me that my brake fluid was low. The car is 5 years old, has 60k miles on it all put on by me and I have never added any fluid.
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It's probably low because your brakes are getting worn when new pads get put on you have to compress the piston and that will push fluid back up into the resevoir
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Thanks guys...

One of my buddies did me a favor and changed my oil. He is certainly very knowledgeable as he works in a shop and told me that my brake fluid was low. The car is 5 years old, has 60k miles on it all put on by me and I have never added any fluid.
Check your brake pads, they are probably in need of replacement. That is a common cause of the brake level being lower than normal.
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It's probably low because your brakes are getting worn when new pads get put on you have to compress the piston and that will push fluid back up into the resevoir
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Check your brake pads, they are probably in need of replacement. That is a common cause of the brake level being lower than normal.
Yes, if your pads are worn and you add fluid - when you install the new pads, you will be pushing the calipers open, which in turn will push the fluids from the lines to the reservoir; thus having the excess brake fluid overflow.
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...and one of the "services" performed at "drive by lube shops" ist to top off the brake fluid. And Nissan did this to my truck, too.

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