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I was doing my weekly fluid level check yesterday and I decided to check the power steering fluid for the first time. (Never had to check in my Toyota's so yes this is the first I am checking and the Toyota fluid bottle was see through). Oil OK, she stopped using now, up to 5000km she was using 250ml every 1000km. Water level OK, between low & full mark more towards the 3/4 level, has always been there when ice cold so I am not going to fuss. Open the power steering bottle pull the little dip stick out and when ice cold the fluid level is just on the add mark and nowwhere the cold full mark. My assumption is that they obviously didnt fill properly at the factory and they obviously didnt check properly whilst doing the PD service. The reason I assume this is because I have not seen any oil drips on the floor. Has anybody had power steering problems with the R out of curiosity?
 

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fasts60r had his power steering rack replaced three times before his problems were fixed. (knock on wood)<p>i suggest you fill the reservoir and keep a daily eye on the level. if you are not noticing any fluid accumulation on the ground, then you are probably safe. I assume the steering itself is normal? no noises, funny feeling, etc. ?
 

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Re: Low Power Steering Fluid (CyberRacer)

From what I have seen so far most of the Volvo's need some extra steering fluid after a certain amount of time.<p>There are some minor issues reported but overall I don't think it can be noted as a "problem".
 

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Re: Low Power Steering Fluid (Johann)

i had my fluid "topped off" during a service which remedied a largely noticeable steering problem.
 

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Re: Low Power Steering Fluid (CyberRacer)

The R's had a bad PS hose clamp from the factory on some cars. Check the PS fluid frequently and tighten the clamp
 

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Re: Low Power Steering Fluid (JRL)

Not just the R's cause I had to have mine replaced as well. Damn thing was bone dry for a day cause I didnt check it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> . I'm sure that was GREAT for the steering system.
 

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Took it to the dealer. They topped it up. The techie told me that the R's do burn a bit of power steering fluid off cause of the heat in the engine bay. WTF? Doesnt sound right to me. Will check it again this weekend when the car is ice cold and see where the level is.
 

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Interesting....<p>I had my steering rack replaced due to a noise in mid-turn, but never had a loss of fluid. Now that the rack has been replaced I checked my fluid and it's low. I haven't checked it since so it could be low because of refilling the lines when they replaced the rack....<p>I'll have to keep my eye on it.<p>Kevin
 

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I had the same thing happen. I checked my fluids religiously since day one and everything was good. One day I look at my PS and it was low. I filled it and things have been fine so far.<br>DAn
 

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I've had my reservoir replaced on my '04 R, and the hose clamp looked at & tightened 2 times after that because of leakage. The original reservoir was replaced with a redesigned one that had a thicker plastic tube at the bottom, as the original had split and caused the fluid loss. Now with the new one I can't quite tell why the fluid seeps at the end of the same hose.<p>Not much loss any more, though. Only some slight seepage.<p>Good luck!
 

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Will be checking again this weekend. Will let you guys know whether it has stayed put or dropped again after ther dealer topped up.
 
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