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Underhood Fluid checks

Just purchased a 2004 SL55 AMG. I was checking the fluids under the hood and I cannot Identify the power steering reservoir. There is a reservoir in front of the left front shock but it is not marked and the level appears to be low. I am not sure what it is. There is no reference in the owners manual as to what it is or where the power steering resevoir is. Can you help?

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  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    i now know what the reservoir is in front of the left shock tower what is the one forward from the power steering reservoir

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Yes that is the pwr steer if the car is cold it should be at the bottom of the dipstick if its hot it will be about half way

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