Power steer­ing fluid

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

Aware that his 2003 Vaux­hall As­tra had a form of elec­tric steer­ing, the owner was un­sure if any main­te­nance was re­quired. In nor­mal use, it is highly un­likely that the sys­tem would need to be topped up un­less a leak oc­curred, but it is al­ways wise to be pre­pared.

The ca­pac­ity of the sys­tem is less than a litre, so if a leak did oc­cur, it’s likely the steer­ing would be­come in­op­er­a­tive quite quickly. Un­like many steer­ing sys­tems, the fluid used in this As­tra is Long-life Synthetic Hy­draulic Fluid (PENTOSIN CHF 202) and should not be mixed with Dex­tron 2 used by other sys­tems. The reser­voir is sit­u­ated at the rear near­side of the en­gine bay and in nor­mal cir­cum­stances the level is un­likely to drop.

The reser­voir is tucked down at the back of the en­gine bay and, in nor­mal ser­vice, un­likely to re­quire top­ping-up.

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