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It could mean that your brakes are very low and need to be changed...if so then you need to get them changed...the fluid will go back up if the brakes are bad and you changed them...
but if the brakes are good then just add more fluid in there and check it later on after a day and see if it goes back down...if it doesn't then there is no problem...if it does then you might have a leakage problem near the brake system...
Good luck!

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