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

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    [Jan 13, 2011]
    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?
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    [Jan 13, 2011]
    Normaly there is a little dip stick stuck in to the cap for checking the fluid.
    Not 100% sure on the B6s.
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    [Jan 13, 2011]
    as above its got a dipstick on the cap
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    [Jan 13, 2011]
    Feedback - yes, it has a dipstick - many thanks!
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    [Jan 13, 2011]
    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!
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    [Jan 14, 2011]
    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!
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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!
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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?
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    I went over on mine too but it all seems fine and it hasnt caused any issues
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    Jolly good. Thanks for the reply.
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    My pleasure mate, no worries
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