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CHECKING THE BRAKE AND CLUTCH FLUID LEVEL

WARNING

Seek qualified assistance immediately if brake pedal travel is unusually long or if there is any significant loss of brake fluid. Driving under such conditions could result in extended stopping distances or complete brake failure.

WARNING

Brake fluid is highly toxic. Keep containers sealed and out of the reach of children. If accidental consumption of fluid is suspected, seek medical attention immediately.

WARNING

If the fluid comes into contact with the skin or eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of clean water.

WARNING

Brake fluid is highly inflammable. Do not allow brake fluid to come into contact with open flames or other sources of ignition, e.g., a hot engine.

WARNING

Do not drive the vehicle with the fluid level below the MIN mark.

If the quantity of fluid in the brake reservoir drops below the recommended level, a red warning lamp in the instrument panel illuminates. See BRAKE (RED).

NOTES

If the warning lamp illuminates while the vehicle is being driven, gently apply the brake pedal to stop the vehicle, as soon as safety permits. Check and top up the fluid level, if necessary.

With the vehicle on level ground, check the fluid level at least every week. Check more frequently in high mileage or arduous operating conditions.

To check the brake and clutch fluid level:

  1. Remove the under-bonnet cover on the driver's side. See FLUID FILLER LOCATIONS and UNDER-BONNET COVERS REMOVAL.

  2. Clean the brake fluid reservoir and the filler cap before removing, to prevent dirt from entering the reservoir.

  3. Rotate the reservoir filler cap counter-clockwise and remove.

  4. Check the brake fluid reservoir level. The level should be between the MIN and the MAX marks.

    NOTES

    The fluid level may drop slightly during normal use, as a result of brake pad wear. The fluid level should not be allowed to drop below the MIN mark.