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1997 Buick LeSabre Limited, location of power steering reservoir

I can't locate where the power steering reservoir is, I've been checking online and under the hood for hours. There is nothing even remotely like this on either the driver's or passenger side of the vehicle. There are, however, access panels blocking the view of just about everything. I may very well just go ahead and purchase the shop manual, since this is my in-law's vehicle and their owner's manual was lost years ago.

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  • j53ok Dec 30, 2008

    THANK YOU a million times over. Thanks to you, I FOUND IT!! I've added a little more information to your very helpful post:

    The power steering reservoir on the 1997 Buick LeSabre LIMITED is located on the passenger side of the engine. As you face the engine, locate the alternator on the left side of the engine (passenger side) on the top route of the serpentine belt. Directly below the alternator is a small tension pulley. Behind this pulley, about 10" below it and in front of the fire wall is the reservoir. If the engine has been kept clean, the reservoir cap will have red lettering, "POWER STEERING". This is extremely hard to see and taking the cap off/filling the reservoir is very difficult to maneuver. If the cap is dirty, scrub it clean so you can see the red lettering next time you have to do this.

    Take off the access panel on the top of the engine, the one held in place with the neck of the engine oil receptacle. Unscrew the oil receptacle neck and take off this large access panel; it is anchored at the rear. You will have more light when you do this.

    DO NOT attempt this with the engine running or if the engine is hot! Do this on a COLD engine that is shut off. You have to reach behind the alternator and the hoses and you will burn your arm and hand if the engine is hot (like I did). Use a long transmission fluid cup and hose to add fluid to the reservoir, and make sure you use it ONLY for the power steering fluid.


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If you are looking at the engine, on the left (passenger side) will be the belt. The alternator should be at the top of the belts route. directly below the alt is the tensioner/pulley (small) Below and to the rear of the vehicle is the power steering pump. The resevoir is attached to the pump. If you reach/look over the engine and feel below the heater hoses you will see the p/s pump resevoir cap(kinda hard to see/feel)

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  • dtmckay Sep 25, 2010

    WHY?????? Why would they put it there??? THIS IS CRAZY? Whats next Buick putting the gas cap under the driver side seat. This is ****.


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