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Old 08-28-2009, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have noticed that my steering has become heavier than before & I am thinking to change the power fluid. I can not remember the last time I changed but certainly more than 2 years ago. And while on this job I must also change the transmission & brake fluids. Any of those fluids can only be done by the dealer? Or I can change them all outside?
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transmission fluid should be done by the dealer if at all.
Brake and PS you should be able to DIY.
Id recommend replacing the PS reservoir while you are at it as it contains the filter for the system.
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Do you mean replacing the black cylinder at the driver side of the engine? Are you sure it contains a filter?
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I have noticed slight improvement after changing the steering fluid, but still it is heavy. The steering pump, tensioner & belts are almost new. What are other things / parts that can improve the steering to make it softer?
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Is the power assist variation based on engine rev counter or car speedometer? Once you know this, you can improve performance by servicing those sensors, I would think.
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I really don’t know .. any further help / clarification?
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If you don't have a manual, maybe a dealer can tell you. But most later model cars have the steering boost based on engine speed.
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If you don't have a manual, maybe a dealer can tell you. But most later model cars have the steering boost based on engine speed.
Thanks for the useual help, in this case what need to be serviced?
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Has the engine speed sensor been checked? It's likely that it's good if the rev counter is working.
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