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Power steering fluid level?

Power steerin fluid 2010 Forester

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#1 somick

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:55 AM

2010 Forester with 82K miles

 

When I turn the steering wheel all the way to the right or to the left I hear a nasty squeal or squeaking.

 

I checked the level of fluid when the engine cooled down and it was right on the line of "Cold Low"

 

Could somebody look at yours?  What level do you have?

 

No previous work.  No leaks.

 

If I need to add fluid I guess the Dexron IV is good?

 

Thanks,

Sam



#2 golucky66

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:56 AM

If it's a squeal. It's probably the belt that's slipping when the wheel is turned to full lock from the pumps bypass valve and high load.

#3 somick

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 09:55 AM

If it's a squeal. It's probably the belt that's slipping when the wheel is turned to full lock from the pumps bypass valve and high load.

Thanks, so the fluid level should be at a "Cold Low"?



#4 golucky66

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 10:13 AM

It should be between the cold low and cold max when the engine is cold (so over night) or between the hot min and max after you've driven it.

#5 somick

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 09:37 AM

It should be between the cold low and cold max when the engine is cold (so over night) or between the hot min and max after you've driven it.

I will try to add some Dexron VI and see if the squeaking goes away.

 

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#6 Fairtax4me

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 10:56 AM

Belt is slipping. How old is it?

Fluid level isn't really a factor as long as it's somewhere on the dipstick. If you check it Hot and the fluid level is at the bottom of the dipstick, add some. Otherwise the fluid level isn't that important.
Assuming that's original fluid, it's probably due for a change at that mileage. Use a baster or large suction bulb to suck the fluid out of the reservoir and refill it with clean fluid. Run the engine and work the steering back and forth several times then repeat the drain/refill. I do that until I've put a whole quart of fluid through the system. Usually three cycles.

Edited by Fairtax4me, 22 September 2017 - 11:02 AM.


#7 somick

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 11:51 AM

Belt is slipping. How old is it?

Fluid level isn't really a factor as long as it's somewhere on the dipstick. If you check it Hot and the fluid level is at the bottom of the dipstick, add some. Otherwise the fluid level isn't that important.
Assuming that's original fluid, it's probably due for a change at that mileage. Use a baster or large suction bulb to suck the fluid out of the reservoir and refill it with clean fluid. Run the engine and work the steering back and forth several times then repeat the drain/refill. I do that until I've put a whole quart of fluid through the system. Usually three cycles.

For a seven year old and 82K I guess the system needs some fresh fluid.  I probably will do it.

 

Thank,

Sam







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