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    1. 02-22-2005 06:18 PM #1
      I am pretty new to vw. I went to an oil change place and they told me that my power steering fluid is low. I dont understand why it was low. It was on the left side of the engine compartment next to the brake fluid. Is there anything that I need to know about adding to this.


      Modified by nurch at 3:33 PM 2-22-2005

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      02-22-2005 06:44 PM #2
      nothing really to it...buy some fluid...fill 'er up

    3. 02-22-2005 06:44 PM #3
      As far as I know, you have to get "PF" fluid or somethin like that. It's a special fluid used by VW. Buy it at the dealership. Supposed to check it when your car is all the way hot, or all the way cold, not after just drivin for a couple minutes or somethin. Do NOT put ATF or some other fluid in there, just go to the dealership and buy some.

    4. 02-22-2005 07:15 PM #4
      Yea, make sure you use VW ATF (G 002 012) or the Pentosin equivilant (CHF 9? You probably wont find that anyways)

    5. 02-22-2005 07:31 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by joako »
      Yea, make sure you use VW ATF (G 002 012) or the Pentosin equivilant (CHF 9? You probably wont find that anyways)

      It's CHF 11S. You can get it at http://www.impexfap.com.

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      02-22-2005 07:33 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by VgRt6 »

      It's CHF 11S. You can get it at http://www.impexfap.com.

      Gary


      uh oh! I added ATF MERCRON/DEXTRON to mine when I put the s/c on!!

      NOWHERE in the owner's manual does it state that it takes anthing special!!!

      Guess I need to drain it and replace, and pray I have not done any real damage!!!

      Larry


    7. 02-22-2005 07:38 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by nurch »
      I am pretty new to vw. I went to an oil change place and they told me that my power steering fluid is low.

      Ok, you can check your steering fluid in 2 seconds. If you're looking at the engine. the PS reservoir is on the left. It has a green cap, put a large flat head screw driver and spin the cap off. You'll be able to read if its between the max/min line. The part # is G 002 000. The fluid is greenish blue.

      BTW The place where you are going has no idea where the brake fluid is. They are on totally oposite sides of the engine bay. The brake fluid res in on the right side at the back of the engine bay, the fluid is yellow. Never add fluid to this. VW/ Audi uses their own fluid.


    8. 02-23-2005 09:59 AM #8
      thanks guys, i am discovering my car piece by piece and I dont want to ruin anything in the process.

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      02-23-2005 10:02 AM #9
      Did they check the blinker fluid for ya too? Or the ignition and fuel lines for the headlights?

    10. 02-23-2005 05:54 PM #10
      i am not stupid, just new to vw thanks.

    11. 09-11-2006 03:37 PM #11
      It looks like my PS fluid is mostly gone, way below MIN, no wonder my car has been making whining/whirring noise for a couple months at least when making turns. I wonder if something broke, like a hose, since I did notice a small patch of oil on the ground this morning. Anyway, I bought some G 002 012 (12 oz. for $13.25). I'm going to top it off and see if it disappears again.

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      09-11-2006 05:30 PM #12
      your brake fluid resevoir is no where near the power steering fluid reservoir...

      Not sure which one you are confusing with something else, but be careful.

      Dave

    13. 09-15-2006 08:40 AM #13
      Can you use a fluid you get at a Walmart for temp fix to a REAL low power stering fluid? Is ATF or P/S fluid better?

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      09-15-2006 11:36 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by shortlid »
      Can you use a fluid you get at a Walmart for temp fix to a REAL low power stering fluid?

      No!

      Quote, originally posted by shortlid »
      Is ATF or P/S fluid better?

      Neither! Only the approved mineral-based fluid is required.

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    15. 09-18-2006 11:17 AM #15
      Well she could not even STEER the car so I put some Power steering fluid in it and it seems to be fine.

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      09-18-2006 11:23 AM #16
      If you added it here you're fine.

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    17. 09-18-2006 11:34 AM #17
      THE BEST THING TO REMEMBER ABOUT CHANGING ANY FLUID IN A VW IS TO USE ONLY VW FLUID.

      Ok, so maybe you can save a couple bucks buying a fluid (any fluid) at AutoZone, but VW are fickle to other fluids.

      If you use anything other than VW antifreeze/coolant, your going to mess up your VW.

      I always buy the VW brand of fluid to be on the safe side. Only thing I've ever bought that wasn't VW fluid was the brake fluid. They don't carry a VW brake fluid. Look for DOT 4. Not DOT5.


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