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Checking the power steering fluid level at least once a month is a good idea, since as components in the high pressure system wear out, the possibility of leaks increases. Always stay alert for changes in steering wheel operation. If you suddenly find it hard to turn the wheel, check the steering fluid immediately.
Steps:
Step 1:Apply the parking brake and place the transmission in "Park" (automatic) or "Neutral" (manual).
Step 2:Check the level of the steering fluid in the reservoir. If your car is equipped with a see-through plastic tank, compare the level with the markings on the side the container. Other systems are equipped with a dipstick inside a plastic tube, or have a dipstick mounted on the reservoir cap.
Step 3:Pull the dipstick or remove the reservoir cap, and wipe the dipstick with a clean shop rag. Insert the dipstick or replace the cap and remove it again to check the fluid level.
Step 4:
Make sure the level is within the crosshatched area on the dipstick or at the "Full" mark. If necessary, add steering fluid.
Step 5:
Place a small funnel or a funnel with a flexible hose on the dipstick tube or reservoir opening to add fluid.
Hope this helped your troubles!

Posted on Jun 01, 2010

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SOURCE: how do you service the power steering fluid

open hood kook for the power steering pump it should be lower on the engine unscrew cap add fluid close hood be happy or go to a oil change service and ask. its free to ask

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SOURCE: service ingine soon its not the power steering.

Most of the time this lite goes off based on mileage. usually oil change is very near or overdue. depending what year you hit gas 3 times and hold unti it goes away, after Key on engine off. engine cannot be running and wait for chime to stop. make sure doors are closed as well.

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The will both have to be drained and refilled.It is common practice!

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SOURCE: lost power steering, fluid levels OK. Also service

No it just happened its wear and tear,I have seen some where there is never a service and no problem it just something that has happened.

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