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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.

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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"?



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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.

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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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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.


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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,

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 09:28 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.

Good call!  I finally got time to look under hood.  The belt was lose. 

 

No more squealing!

 

Thank you golucky66!



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Posted 17 March 2018 - 12:12 PM

Update:  Found this.

 

Still disappointed - the car has only under 87K

 

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 12:18 PM

Looks almost like a pulley cause the belt to slip for an extended period of time, wearing out the bel a little early.

Usually these newer belts last about 100k before they start showing signs of wear in the groves. But they typically don't break or shred for a while unless they were abused.

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 12:28 PM

Update: Found this.

Still disappointed - the car has only under 87K


Back to my original question... How OLD is the belt?

Gates or Bando if you can find it. Dayco belts will cause you more grief.

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 01:05 PM

87k and 8 years is not at all "disappointing" for a belt. Replace the $6 belt and move on.

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 11:31 PM

I 2nd the turkey baster method. They use GM trans fluid for some unknown reason and it never ages well. Even if squeak is gone with new belt, fresh pump fluid will keep power steering effort smooth. It otherwise degrades slowly, to the point you can't even tell until one day it's really cold and excessively stiff in spots.



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 12:57 PM

Looks almost like a pulley cause the belt to slip for an extended period of time, wearing out the bel a little early.

Usually these newer belts last about 100k before they start showing signs of wear in the groves. But they typically don't break or shred for a while unless they were abused.

 

I ran my finger around pulleys but could not find anything wrong with them.

Back to my original question... How OLD is the belt?

Gates or Bando if you can find it. Dayco belts will cause you more grief.

The belt is original - 87K on it. 

 

I installed Bando from Amazon.  So far so good.

 

Thanks,

Sam







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