Where do you add power steering fluid on a 3800 II engine
Need to top up my power steering fluid because of a slow leak and I would like to refill and check the area to see where it leaks. It seems that this engine does not have a power steering reservoir and dip stick like most other cars, so where is it?
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Hi, The steering fluid can be topped up in the reservior. Follow the line from the pump to the tank. Top up if needed with same kind oil, your manual will tell you this. Dextron II hydraulic oil for power steering. Sold at many auto parts stores. Good luck.
i would think that it has splash shields under the car as well.
so i would drive it up on ramps remove the bolts holding the shields in place, remove the shields, wash the engine, refill
the steering fluid start the car and look for the leak under the car.
Good luck and don't forget your face shield you Will need it!
It means the power steering pump is no longer operating and so providing the required power assistance.
You either have a power steering fluid leak in the system and much of the fluid has been lost or the power steering pump itself has failed. You should not try and drive the car when you have this problem because the steering will be far too heavy to drive safely and because if a fluid leak has run the pump nearly dry you will cause damage to the PS pump.
The first thing to do is check the power steering fluid reservoir in the engine compartment. If it is low or empty you have a leak in the system. You can refill the system with new fluid but it will continue to leak until the leak is addressed and you will have to constantly add new PS fluid. In the case of a major leak the car will not be driveable as the PS fluid will be lost very rapidly. Without fluid you will quickly ruin the pump and you will also have no power assistance in your steering.
You have Air in the Power steering System and it needs to be bleed out, And to do this if you Jack the two front wheels off the ground and Let them Hang free so there is No Load on the steering at all. please put some type of stands under the car, You will need more power steering fluid but before you add this you need to start your Car and turn the steering Wheel Slow from left to Right a few times, You will hear a wearing Notice come from the pump and you will see more fluid come out of the pump as well, that is the air trying to bleed its self out. The fluid coming out will be air rated lots of bubbles in it, Now that you have done this the Noise from the pump should start to go quite at this Point you can start to Add the New power steering fluid slow to the reservoir and keep turning the steering wheel from left to right slow (Never Fast but slow ) Have a lot of rags to clean the Mess. Hope this helps you. :)
Go to autozone or similar and get a leak detection kit. Make sure you get the one for oil type. The kit contains a uv dye that u add to the power steering fluid, a flashlight that detects the dye, a special pair of glasses that allows you to see the dye. Refill power steering fluid add dye when fluid leaks out put on glasses and shine flashlight on engine starting at power steering tank and work way down all lines and fittings until you see the glow from dye. The foam is caused by air in the system
power steering is at the front of the engine and runs on the belt. The reservoir cap looks like this:
To top off steering fluid, use standard steering fluid.
The reservoir in front of the brake booster is the brake master cylinder reservoir. To refill, use standard brake fluid. If it the truck is using brake fluid, check for leaks at the back of the master cylinder and at all wheels.
Often, noise in the power steering is the result of air trapped in the system. It can also come from contaminated or worn out fluid. If the fluid level in the power steering reservoir is low, the pump will tend to whine and/or chatter. First, check the fluid level. If it is low, there is a leak somewhere. Keep the fluid level up if you must drive it, or the power steering pump will be destroyed. Once you have determined there are no leaks, or repaired any leaks you have have found, the best solution is to remove as much fluid from the system as possible, and then refill it with fresh, clean fluid. There is a product called Lucas power steering stop leak (or somesuch) which is excellent for quieting power steering components and extending their life. Use 1/2qt to 1 qt of regular fluid first, and then the whole bottle of Lucas when refilling. Top off with regular fluid as needed. Be sure to check the fluid level again after letting the engine idle and turning the wheels back and forth several times, as some air will be purged from the system and the level may go down substantially.
If fluid was refilled, how is the level now? If it's low again, it may be the problem. If it has a leak somewhere, fluid could possibly leak on the belts that drive the power steering system, causing the squeal or screech. So check the fluid level again, if it's down, top it off, and have the leak fixed. Let me know what you find, and if u need more help. Curt