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My power steering resevoir was empty. I noticed it because my steering was suddenly stiff this morning. Nothing in my manual said anything about a particular type of PS fluid so I went to Walmart and picked up some STP power steering fluid. Fill the resevoir and drove home( 6 miles) Within a couple of hours all the fluid drained out and when more is put in, it just drains out. does this sound like a bad hose? is this car safe to drive? I know the steering will be stiff, but will it harm the rest of the car. It's my only means of transportation. Please help!!

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You will have to look where it is leaking from and get it fixed. Running without power steering fluid will eventually burn you power steering pump out and yes if you power steering is that hard to turn when out of fliud, it is dangerous.

Posted on Aug 28, 2010

  • sandraburns6 Aug 29, 2010

    Thanks, the leak is coming from the pump itself so it needs to be replaced. The guy who looked at it(a friend of my husband who works on cars) said that the pump has a blow-out valve will allows the fluid to blowout so it doesn't build up pressure and because of this it should be ok to drive until we get a new pump. I just don't want to really mess up the car so I'm a little afraid to drive it. I've driven cars in the past where the power steering has gone out and yes it's very difficult but can be done in a pinch. My main concern is that I do further major damage to the car. This thing needs to last me for a couple of years until I get through school.

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