Power steering fluid
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.