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Loss of power steering after changing resevior bottle

After a recent mishap my resevior bottle was changed by a friend. I now have no power steering. Bottle is full of fluid and the car has been driven over 100 miles. If the wrong fluid was used how soon would potential problems show up ? Any suggestions..
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  • ppmurphy Jan 29, 2009

    I am not sure what fluid was uesd ..but I do not think it was proper VW mineral type....my feeling it is either an air lock or wrong fluid giving problem..

    thanks

    pete

  • ppmurphy Jan 30, 2009

    System is now working...Air bubble possibly in line now blown out ?? ,,thanks

    Pete

  • James Bradburn
    James Bradburn May 11, 2010

    What kind of fluid was used? Some cars use transmisson fluid.

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Your friend wouldnt happen to know what he put in? Before it goes to far drain the system and add proper fluid, if it is improper fluid maybe it wont be to late.

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