1995 Chevy Cavalier with what I believe to be a 2.2L 4 cyl. I lost power steering this morning. Stopped to check fluid level (which was low) and added some. The motor was making a 'sucking' sound which was traced back to the Power Steering Cap. A look at the ground, there is all of the fluid I added. Has anyone out there taken on replacing one of these? If so, where are the best resources to locate and use. Weekend job? ... or pay the mechanic? Thanx
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The best way to get this done is, Go to your Library and get the Haynes or Chilton Repair Book for this Car and Fix it at Home. Does not take that long to Repair and the Books tell you Exactly what to Do. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!
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It sounds as though you blew a power steering hose. The fluid is going out as fast as you pour it in. If you are comfortable doing this type of work you can probably do it yourself. However, if you are not comfortable doing a hose replacement, then by all means have a mechanic perform the work. It is a pretty tight, confined space to work in and you should use flare nut wrenchs. After you rerplace the hose, refill the steering resivoir, start the engine and then turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and then all the way to the right. This will purge the air out of the system.
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Have you checked the level of the power steering fluid if it is low it can cause a noise similar to what you described. The power steering pump could be starting to fail and making the noise. I would suggest checking the power steering fluid level and if low, they make some fluid that has power steering fluid conditioner, supposed to help extend the life of the power steering pump, if it is low you need to follow the lines from the pump and see if you can find a leak anywhere. also I would take notice of the color of the power steering fluid, if not too much trouble maybe take a picture of the fluid and upload it here, the fluid can break down and need to be replaced.
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SPECIFICALLY: I needed to know the answer to this same question, where the power steering fluid dipstick/reservoir is on my 2012 C250. Today, I stopped into the dealership to ask them, and it was as I suspected: it is mounted about level with the top of the engine, in between the engine and the antifreeze reservoir, which is above the passenger-side wheel well. It has a little dipstick in it that says "Full 50°C" and "Full 20°C". It is not labeled in any way, nor is power steering fluid even mentioned in any of the owners manuals, which defies logic.
Mine is low, and I can't seem to find online which type of fluid to put in it, so I'll probably be back at MB to just buy theirs.
Locating the Power Steering reservoir and adding PS fluid. 1999 Pontiac GP
The reservoir is clearly visible in the engine bay on the 3.1 litre engine cars.
For the 3.8 Ltr engine cars,
use a flashlight to look down past the alternator for a black cap with a
steering wheel printed on it to indicate the power steering fluid reservoir. ( passenger side of the vehicle).
Remove the cap of the power steering reservoir, clean the
dipstick, re-insert and remove again to check the fluid level. If the
level is at or below the low level mark, add fluid slowly, taking care not
to fill above the MAXIMUM mark. It's best to add small amounts and re-check the level as you go to ensure you do not overfill the reservoir above the MAX level.
ONLY use the power steering fluid recommended for that vehicle by GM.
From a totally dry condition with Torque Converter empty the book indicates 4 Quarts. The best way to check is to add 1 pint if you are at the low marks with the engine warm and idling in Park. If you have drained the Transmission to change the filter, start by adding a quart and then check level and add a pint then check level, continue the process of adding fluid a pint at a time and checking level until you get the level to a place between the marks. Drive the vehicle for a few blocks, check and add fluid as needed.
YOU NEED TO BLEED POWER STEERING SYSTEM BY HAVING LOW FLUID AIR ENTER THE SYSTEM.PARK CAR ON SOLID LEVEL GROUND SAFELY RAISE SUPPORT VECHICLE ON JACK STANDS.YOU CAN LEAVE CAR ON GROUND BUT TURNING STEERING WHEELS BACK AND FORTH WILL WEAR SPOT IN TIRES.TURN STEERING WHEEL TO THE LEFT WITH THE ENGINE OFF.CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID.ADD MORE FLUID IF LOW.MAKE SURE FLUID LEVEL ON COLD MARK ON DIP STICK.THE YOU CRANK CAR UP LET IDLE LITTLE HIGH FOR 15 SECONDS.THEN TURN OFF ENGINE.CHECK POWER STEERING FLUID LEVEL MAKE SURE ITS ON COLD MARK AT DIP STICK.THEN YOU START THE CAR UP WHILE IDLING TURN STEERING WHEEL IN BOTH DIRECTIONS SLOWLY TO THE STOPS DONT HOLD IN STOP TURN STEERING WHEEL LEFT AND RIGHT FOR SEVERAL TURNS.STOP ENGINE CHECK FLUID IF FLUID TAN STILL HAS AIR IN SYSTEM.LET CAR SET A LITTLE WHILE TRY THE BLEEDING PROCEDURE AGAIN.THERE IS A REASON POWER STEERING FLUID WAS LOW CHECK ALL POWER STEERING HOSES AT POWER STEERING PUMP TO THE RACK PINION ASSEMBLY.
Check power steering fluid level. Power steering pump provides hydraulic assistance to you brakes. if the level is low, add fluid and check if there is a leak somewhere. If the level is OK, suspect a bad power steering pump. Hope it will help Dan
Let vehicle idle for three to five minutes with accessories off.
Move shift lever through all gear ranges, pausing three seconds in each range.
Place shift lever in Park. Important: Vehicle must be kept level on the hoist.
Raise vehicle on hoist.
Place oil container under fluid level screw. it is near the bottom of the driveshaft
Remove the fluid level screw with the engine running at idle.
Fluid level should be at the bottom of the fluid check hole. Because the transaxle operates correctly over a range of fluid levels, fluid may or may not drain out of the fluid check hole when the fluid level screw is removed. If fluid drains through the fluid check hole, this transaxle may have been overfilled. When fluid stops draining, the fluid level is correct and the fluid level screw may be installed. If fluid does not drain through the fluid check hole, the transaxle fluid level may be low. Proceed to ADDING TRANSAXLE FLUID.
Shut off engine. Adding Transaxle Fluid: With the engine running, add fluid at the vent cap 1 PINT Increments until fluid drains through the fluid check hole. Allow the fluid to finish draining through the fluid check hole.
Install fluid level screw. Tighten