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Cant locate where to put power steering fluid into a 97 riviera

When i turn the steering wheel i get a "whine" i assume i should check the power steering flluid but i cannot locate!

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  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    I have a 95 Honda civic, cannot locate the power steering reservoir

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    moved my car one night to let my friend out of her garage moved into soft mud which froze overnight got stuck in morning was unable to get out. when i did get out no power steering checked fluid its fine I did try to steer my way out when i was stuck by turning wheel different ways

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The power steering pump(with reservoir attached) is on the passenger side of engine on the bottom left side under the alternator.

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