Power steering fluid on the ground. (1998 jetta gl)
Check all fluids on a thursday afternoon, ok on friday, saturday afternoon heard power steering unit whining.check the level it was at min level.filled to max level.sunday late afternoon went out for quick errand seen puddle on ground later in afternoon the fluid had filled to the cap. figured it may leaked out through cap.use to have leaks before but figured they stopped, using fluid with stop leak protection,so why the overflow?is there possibly some other problem?the fluid I'm using is Prestone power steering fluid with stop leak.what to do?
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I suggest only using power steering fluid in the power steering system in VW Jetta's. I tried using trans. fluid before and it made the pump wine constantly especially when cold and I had to purge the system and refill it with power steering fluid to get it to stop.
Hi, I would check to see if the fanbelt that drives your power steering pump is broken or perhaps slipping. It's also possible that your power steering fluid reservoir is empty or low. Under the hood look for a small pump that is driven by a fanbelt. The lid of the unit should say something like Power Steering fluid or something similar. Undo the cap and check the fluid level when the engine is turned off. If fluid and belt drive is OK, then its possible your power steering pump is broken. Cheers, Steve
Do not use DOT 3 brake fluid in a power steering pump. It will eat away all of the seals and hoses. If you are looking at power steering fluid, any power steering fluid will work. If we are talking about brake fluid, Then yes use DOT 3 brake fluid or DOT 4 break fluid. The top of the master cylinder should tell you which to use.
power steering pump... with a lil luck it may just need tightened( belt anyways) but with even more luck it could just need some fluid. sure thing it seems to be power steering.weather its bad or not depends on it the belt is tight and if its full on fluid. let me know ,sammy
First and foremost, (if not already done) check the powersteering resevoir to make sure it has fluid and it is full as well as having no leaks. If it's leaking you may see small dark areas where you frequently park, on the ground. If it is full, there is a chance you need a new one, a hose/line is broken or has a hole (leak). A mechanic is your best choice to find this out. If the resevoir is empty or low, (can be checked hot or cold; look for level indicators for each on dipstick); fill it up and drive for a day or two - check the fluid again (make note of any difference in steering after filling. Powersteering pump may also be belt driven, so make sure the belt is tight (no cracks, etc.) may need to replace belt.