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When you hit the brake pedal in your 2002 Ford Escort it pumps brake fluid down to your brakes which increases the pressure to make your car slow down. If you don't have enough brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir, air can get in your brake lines and your Escort won't stop properly. The video above shows you how to add brake fluid to your Ford Escort. If you are adding brake fluid to your Escort on a regular basis, you should check for leaks (we have a video for this too!) As with most fluids in your engine, brake fluid can cause serious harm if you get it in your eyes, so be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves. Brake fluid will also make your paint peel off if you spill it on your Escort, so be careful not to spill it.
When adding fluid to your Escort, it is important to check your owners manual for the correct type to add - it likely be either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5, also known as silicone brake fluid. Do not shake the fluid before pouring it in your vehicle - the air bubbles will foul up your brake lines. Be sure to discard bottles of brake fluid that are over a year old - brake fluid sucks the moisture out of the air and the water vapor in the fluid can rust out your brake lines quickly. Brake fluid breaks down with use and should be changed every 2 years in your Ford Escort or whenever it looks dark in color - this will make the internal brake components last longer.
On many cars, the high beam bulb runs at reduced power during the day - check 'em and change 'em!2002 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L 4 Cyl.
White light when you back up - yup, they burn out and you can replace them with bright LEDs2002 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L 4 Cyl.
Carmakers are hiding interior fuse boxes all over the place these days - see how to check your interior fuses here!2002 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L 4 Cyl.
Cars burn, leak and otherwise dispense of their oil. Check your level frequently and top up when necessary2002 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L 4 Cyl.
One of the easiest fluids to top off - learn how to open the hood and where the reservoir is on your car2002 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L 4 Cyl.