View Full Version : steering wheel fluid

09-26-2005, 08:20 AM
i just bought steering wheel fluid but i have no idea where the tank for it is, the only onw i think it is, is the one on the bottom driver side of the engine bay, its a little tank with a green cap, it says hydrolic something.... if anyone could help me with this i appreciate it, sorry for the nub question.

09-26-2005, 08:28 AM
Yea that's the one.

09-26-2005, 08:39 AM
thank you suhail, i put it in there, and a problem that was pissing me off, with all this squelling and whining, has now gone away, and been resolved for 1.99 at the auto store... god i love this website!

09-26-2005, 09:05 AM
Glad I could help, I found out the hard way where it was because I need to get my steering rack replaced [mad] .

09-26-2005, 09:15 AM
so do we only put in steering fluid in the hydraulic fluid tank? or is there seperate hydraulic fluid that we can buy?

09-26-2005, 09:41 AM
Are you talking power steering fluid?

09-26-2005, 09:48 AM
I thought you had to use Mineral oil only found at the dealer? The normal red stuff is not good for our cars? Someone confirm this.

09-26-2005, 10:13 AM
Yes the PS fluid for the cars is not the generic stuff you find at all auto stores.

09-26-2005, 10:25 AM
Yup, just like every other sort of fluid for our cars heh

09-26-2005, 10:38 AM
well when my car blows up ill let you know that you can only put mineral mumbo jumbo into it, but as of now were lookin good, drove it to work and she drives better then ever.

09-26-2005, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by lude2euroa4
well when my car blows up ill let you know that you can only put mineral mumbo jumbo into it, but as of now were lookin good, drove it to work and she drives better then ever.

Hey man that's just what the book says.....who knows what it is more expensive. I would like to see how it runs off cheap PS fluid only, without a mixture of mineral oil.

09-26-2005, 10:50 AM
You WILL blow your pump if you do not use the PS fluid from the dealer. FYI

09-26-2005, 11:27 AM
yea, i had a hose leak in from the ps fluid tank, that was expensive cuz i just kept putting the expensive fluid in, i finally found out that the tank was leaking when i was changing my snub mount...

09-26-2005, 12:43 PM
a4 rob just made me shit my pants.... um i hope itwill be ok, i mean i only added like less the a 1/4 pint...

09-26-2005, 12:55 PM
1.99 @ the autostore?? I threw Pentosin (spell?) and hell it was alot more than 1.99 and I drove allover looking for it. When I asked RS Strauss they looked at me like WTF

09-26-2005, 02:39 PM
ya i've heard u can only use pentosin 11s ? i think. which sucks cause mine is kinda low and there are no vw or audi dealerships near me at all.................[=(]

09-26-2005, 03:56 PM
The reserve is really not that big, get the right stuff. This will gum up and blow the pump...a much bigger repair bill

09-26-2005, 03:57 PM
That's not good from what I have heard. Causes leaks in the system

09-26-2005, 06:17 PM
so what should i do? drain it and but mineral fluid? where do i get the mineral fluid?

09-26-2005, 07:19 PM
you can get it at the dealership and play it safe. It's a bit costly like 20 bucks for a qt.

09-26-2005, 07:50 PM
yea, the right stuff costs about 20 bucks for a quart...

i think i have half a quart leftover from the 3 quarts i ended up buying before fixing my leak...

09-27-2005, 12:40 AM
is there anywhere online that i can get the fluid from?

09-27-2005, 07:35 AM
how much does the steering wheel pump hold? how many quarts do i need to pick up

09-27-2005, 07:42 AM
one bottle will be enough, unless it is completely empty. And you'll fking know when that btch is empty because the noise is terrible.

09-27-2005, 08:25 AM
so if i put like a 1/4 pint in there, will i have that much trouble? should i just leave it or should i drain and put the mineral

09-27-2005, 09:08 AM
oh ok, sorry I wasn't thinking about the flush you wanted to do. I would say 1 qt. will fill it up but you can call your dealership and ask them.

If you're going to DIY, you can drain the fluid from underneath. The power steering unit has an air cooling system. It has a "rad" so to say. It's a u shape tube mounted horizontally infront of the AC condenser. Undo one of the crimp clamps at the bottom to drain the fluid and replace it with a hose clamp. I would reccommend replacing both ends of it becasue odds are they are both leaking.

I just did this two days ago and used hose clamps. The PS system in my car was slowley leaking at those two connections and at the two connections at the bottom of the resivoir. If you want, just replace all the clamps with hose clamps once and for all while the fluid is flushed.