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How do you check the level of power steering fluid in the resevoir?

CHRIS555 Jan 13, 2011

  1. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    May seem a daft question but I'm unsure of how to check my power steering fluid as it is in a black bottle / resevoir so I can't see it - is there a method to do so?
     
  2. ScottD3

    ScottD3 I want your faulty electronics Supporter Team V6 quattro Audi A8 Audi S8 Team Akoya TDi saloon

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    Normaly there is a little dip stick stuck in to the cap for checking the fluid.
    Not 100% sure on the B6s.
     
  3. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Thanks mate, i will take a look!
     
  4. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    as above its got a dipstick on the cap
     
  5. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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  6. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Feedback - yes, it has a dipstick - many thanks!
     
  7. Woorlord

    Woorlord shifting to Hyperspace... . VCDS Map User

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    Make sure the fluid is up to temperature - i.e. go for a quick drive - then check the fluid level.
    ONLY use the specified Audi OEM Mineral Oil (~£8'ish/L) for topping up or you run the risk of other oil breaking various seals and that's an engine out job to access the steering rack!
     
  8. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Hiya, thanks for that, I am aware but a very good point for anyone else reading this - I had a 2.8 V6 Quattro that someone had put the wrong ps fluid in and the seals all went on the rack - nightmare! And there was no warning - one moment everything was fine, fluid levels good then it just sprayed out like a power shower!

    Just checked my level on my cab and it is low - if anyone has not checked theirs recently do so ASAP!
     
  9. swarcup

    swarcup Well-Known Member

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    mine was groaning when on full lock, so checked it and low was the level. topped up and the groan went away, level is still ok 4 months later so cant understand why it was low?

    If your steering groans check the fluid level!
     
  10. cobraBLACK

    cobraBLACK Chocolate? It's doo-doo, baby!

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    Mine wasn't groaning but I saw this thread and thought I'd check; it was a little low so bought some fluid tonight and topped-up.

    I only put a little in but it's gone a few millimetres over the max line. Does it matter?
     
  11. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    I went over on mine too but it all seems fine and it hasnt caused any issues
     
  12. cobraBLACK

    cobraBLACK Chocolate? It's doo-doo, baby!

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    Jolly good. Thanks for the reply.
     
  13. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    My pleasure mate, no worries
     

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