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    power steering fluid question...

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    Is there a special fluid for topping up the power steering? Volvo's own? Or will any old power steering fluid doo?

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    Volvo's power steering fluid is green, or was when I had my rack renewed a couple of years back.. Not sure if it still is but most of the power steering fluids used are ATF which is usually red so that's different to the Volvo stuff.


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    Atf? Doesn't sound like an ideal hydraulic fluid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinrpeachey View Post
    Atf? Doesn't sound like an ideal hydraulic fluid?
    You mean automatic transmission fluid doesn't sound right for a power steering system?

    That's a joke right? A vast majority of manufacturers use it in their power steering systems lol


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    Well I'll go to t' foot of our stairs!
    Never knew that. Gonna dip the p/s header and see what's been used. The missus was kind enough to tidy the shed a while ago. She put the bottle of volvo p/s fluid somewhere and now I can't find it
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndysR View Post
    Volvo's power steering fluid is green, or was when I had my rack renewed a couple of years back.. Not sure if it still is but most of the power steering fluids used are ATF which is usually red so that's different to the Volvo stuff.
    I just changed mine a few months ago.I got it from Volvo and its green.
    Took all of 10 minutes to change the fluid.One of the easiest diy jobs you can do on an R.
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    How much was the fluid mate?
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    I think it was about 14 from AC in aberdeen.The proper stuff so worth it really.
    The bottle is a litre and the system takes 0.8 litres so it works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STEVO RRR View Post
    I just changed mine a few months ago.I got it from Volvo and its green.
    Took all of 10 minutes to change the fluid.One of the easiest diy jobs you can do on an R.
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    Exactly how simple is this task please Steve? Any chance of a write up?? Would be appreciated as i am gonna do mine.

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    As above, gotta do mine sometime. I bought a bottle of the proper stuff and put 600ml in! I did spill quite a bit tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeT5 View Post
    Exactly how simple is this task please Steve? Any chance of a write up?? Would be appreciated as i am gonna do mine.
    No problem Lee.
    First prepare an old plastic bottle to catch the old fluid.Make sure it can hold at least a litre of fluid.I used an old 2 litre bottle for coke,irn bru etc.Leave the bottle cap secured and cut a large hole big enough to fit under the Power steering reservoir.
    Make sure your wheels are pointing straight ahead.
    Pull the reservoir up and out of its holder.Not too far, just enough to fit the cut bottle under.Unscrew the fluid feed pipe which is under the reservoir and catch the fluid as the reservoir empties.
    Now you will need someone in the car to start the engine.
    When the engine is started the fluid still in the pipes,pump etc. will be pumped out into the reservoir and you will need to be ready to catch this with your bottle.
    The important bit....Dont run the engine for more than ten seconds.This is ample time for the fluid to be pumped out.
    When thats done reattach the feed pipe,secure tightly and refill the fluid and secure the reservoir back in its slot,start the engine and check for leaks from feed pipe.
    I`m pretty sure it takes 0.8 litres so dont use more than this.
    When you first detach the feed pipe, it,s a good opportunity to clean the bottom of the reservoir and the pipe so the contact is clean when you reattach the feed pipe.
    There`s no need to bleed anything,jump in and go.
    Simples.
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    The correct fluid for my 2004 S60 is 'Pentosin CHF 11S' which is a modern hydraulic fluid found in cars like BMW Mini and our Volvos etc.

    I didn't even bother getting a price from the stealers, I went straight to Halfrauds and bought some from there instead...

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_255219

    If Halfords charge 15 a litre, I would hate to think what Volvo charge.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeds_finest View Post
    The correct fluid for my 2004 S60 is 'Pentosin CHF 11S' which is a modern hydraulic fluid found in cars like BMW Mini and our Volvos etc.

    I didn't even bother getting a price from the stealers, I went straight to Halfrauds and bought some from there instead...

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_255219

    If Halfords charge 15 a litre, I would hate to think what Volvo charge.

    Hope this helps.
    Cheers buddy but the Volvo stuff is 50p mote worst thing is, i just found my missing bottle of fluid in a cupboard lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinrpeachey View Post
    Cheers buddy but the Volvo stuff is 50p mote worst thing is, i just found my missing bottle of fluid in a cupboard lol!
    Gutted! I will buy the Volvo stuff next time then.

    ...and it's always the way, you'll buy a replacement and the old one turns up.

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