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My power steering fluid in my dodge neon is green???

My car is acting up!!! the battery light is on and my rad is leaking and my dad looked in my power steering fluid and it is green???? shouldnt it be red??? Now the car is not sarting but clicks when i turn it over :( any ideas?

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  • niki Feb 07, 2012

    my dad did look and the belt is on, so likely I need a new altenator? I read online about a battery temperature sensor as well but none of the mechanics i called have heard of those?

  • niki Feb 07, 2012

    Thank you :) Well I guess that is why they have never heard of them :) lol sorry if I sound silly this is my first car and my first time dealing with issues thank goodness there are people willing to help on forums like this one, I would hate to seem silly in person at an autoshop lol I dont want to be the mechanics funny story of the day lol thank you I am goour time and patience lol have a great day :)ing to do what you told me to as soon as my dad arrives I wanted to thank you for y

  • niki Feb 07, 2012

    not *goour lol supposed to say *for your*

  • Roger Rogerson Feb 07, 2012

    Your welcome.. ;0)

  • niki Feb 07, 2012

    Thank you it is the altenator :) thank you thank you thank you



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Well I am a master Certified Chrysler tech and Chrysler has been using a Clear to yellowish Power steering fluid for many years now. In most vehilces power steering fluid is pretty much standard automatic transmission fluid (thus the red color) The only fluid that that car came with that was green was the antifreeze. There may case where someone has service the power steering system and replaced the factory fluid with an aftermarket fluid which is green tinted in color.. Cant say that working 17 years at a 9 franchise dealership that I have ever seen green power steering fluid, but anything is possibile I guess, Reguardless that is not whats causing the car to not start. I would venture to say that since the power steering resivor and the radiator cap are a few inces from each other that your dad has accidently took off the wrong cap. The clicking when starting is either a weak battery (most likely) or a corroded cable situation at the battery.(possibile) or a defective starter (rare) Try jumping it with jumper cables... Then get the battery and charging sytem checked..
Hope this helps

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  • niki Feb 07, 2012

    Hi and thank you for the response :) The car battery light was on yesterday and today it just clicks when I turn it over and that being said it smells like wires burning or something as well as a high pitched whurling sound, doe that sound like maybe the altenator? my battery volt is around 12.2 and doesnt jump up much when the car is on. thank you for your time

  • Roger Rogerson Feb 07, 2012

    Yes, if the batt light was on then that is why your battery is low in charge. Have you checked to make sure the serpintine belt that turns the alternator hasnt broken or come off? The low voltage is partially enguaging the starter thus the smell, dont keep doing that or you could damage something. At this point you need the car to start and run to determine if the alternator is charging. A vehicle should be around 13.8 volts when ideling and minimal load. 12.2 is surface charge on battery.. The sound could be alot of things, you need to charge the battery or jump the car and see whats working or not.. If belt is on the you have a alternator issue or something causing the charging to be offline....
    hope this helps

  • niki Feb 07, 2012

    Hi Thank you so much again, I had the car running and the volts were still really low my window was slow to go up and the light stayed on while I drove to my dads house, ( he jumped it) I will get him to check the belt . Is there a way he can use his ohm meter to check the altenator? I just want to be sure which is the problem (the battery or the altenator) before I go ahead and change the wrong thing ;) thank you
    Niki :)

  • Roger Rogerson Feb 07, 2012

    The battery can short out and cause the alternator to not charge. Have you checked the fuse in the power distribution box for the charging sytem? If the fuse is good, Do this.. Jump the car and with it idleing, disconnect the neg battery cable from the battery. if the car cuts off then the alternator is the problem (if the wires and fuses and belt are all normal) if the car stays running cut the headlights on and see if it stays running. If it does then the alternator is doing just fine and the battery is shorting out the charging circut..
    Hope this gets you going

  • Roger Rogerson Feb 07, 2012

    In all my years I have never replaced a battery temp sensor in any chrysler, dodge, or jeep vehicle... LOL They all have them for the most part, they are made into the bottom of the battery tray(the battery sits on it) Do what I posted a second ago and you will be fine...

  • niki Feb 07, 2012

    Hi Roger I think I have missed an important thing when describing my issue I failed to mention that my idle RPM is only about 500- 700? My brother is saying that I should also take that into consideration. Does that change the diagnosis of my sick car?? lol Please let me know :)



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