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Re: Brake fluid reservoir on a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica
It should be under the hood, basically directly across from where the steering wheel is in the car. Be aware though, the only reason brake fluid should ever be low is if either you have a brake leak, or you need brakes. When you put new brakes on, the amount of room that the pads, and new rotors take up compress the lines further, thus refilling the reservoir. If you put fluid in it, it doesn't hurt, but when your brakes do get changed, the fluid will pour out of the reservior to compensate for the new brakes. Just giving a heads up.
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Hello dbrunner. Your brake fluid is low. In the master cylinder there is a float level that turns on a switch when it is low and turns on the brake light. When going down a hill the fluid runs to the front of the reservoir and the level drops turning on the light. Fill with DOT3 brake fluid only. Anything else will ruin the braking system. Also may be a good idea to have your braking system inspected for leaks and brake wear.
If it is the (BRAKE!) light the sensor in the master cylinder is sensing that the vehicle is low on brake fluid. Very seriously check the mastercylinder and be sure that the fluid is full. If the light is on, and the fluid appears full the sensor in the master cylinder may be stuck and giving the computer a false reading. If the fluid is low, fill with fluid and get the vehicle to a service center, when the fluid is gone so are your brakes so be careful.
Brake fluid in the reservoir is low due to displacement of the fluid through the lines. As the brake pads wear the fluid makes up the difference. The sensor in the reservoir is triggering the light as the fluid moves from one side of the reservoir to the other. The brake pads (front or rear) are getting close to replacement. If they still have some life and you're not ready to change them you can just top off the fluid in the reservoir to turn off the light. However, when you do go to replace them the reservoir will become overfull and the excess fluid will spill on the ground. It's not a bad thing, just something to be expected if you just top it off.