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Low brake fluid - need to know location of fluid container

My wife said that the brakes did not appear to be working properly today. She reported that she had to really press hard on the brake pedal wwhen going down a hill in order to stop. I want to check the fluid level, but am uncertain which fluid container contais the brake fluid versus the pwoer steering fluid.

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You have to look carefully at the lids (tops) the one that has brake fluid should read DOT 4 or DOT 5 brake fluid only. i think that should help you find it.

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