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Old 07-08-2021, 12:59 PM #1
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Power Steering fluid low

Good morning all,
I was searching for this topic but couldn't find anything.

I have a 2004 V6 SR5 with 129K miles.
Yesterday i noticed my power steering fluid reservoir is about a quarter inch below the minimum line on cold.
I followed the hoses but could not see any leaks, power steering pump looks dry too,. and the floor was also dry.
My question, is do you think there's a slow leak? or is it normal to lose a little bit over time? And if there's a slow leak, where should i be looking at?

Also, could recommed a power steering fluid brand?
Manual says Dexron 2 or 3 but i only see 4's at my local store.

Thanks!
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Good morning all,
I was searching for this topic but couldn't find anything.

I have a 2004 V6 SR5 with 129K miles.
Yesterday i noticed my power steering fluid reservoir is about a quarter inch below the minimum line on cold.
I followed the hoses but could not see any leaks, power steering pump looks dry too,. and the floor was also dry.
My question, is do you think there's a slow leak? or is it normal to lose a little bit over time? And if there's a slow leak, where should i be looking at?

Also, could recommed a power steering fluid brand?
Manual says Dexron 2 or 3 but i only see 4's at my local store.

Thanks!
Check the boots for wetness, most leaks will probably occur on the outputs of the rack.

I'd go ahead and flush the system, then fill and monitor for now. I used Valvoline maxlife atf, since it's rated for just about every ATF type under the sun

Writeup for the flush: DIY: Power Steering Flush (4th gen specific)
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Check the boots for wetness, most leaks will probably occur on the outputs of the rack.

I'd go ahead and flush the system, then fill and monitor for now. I used Valvoline maxlife atf, since it's rated for just about every ATF type under the sun

Writeup for the flush: DIY: Power Steering Flush (4th gen specific)
Thank you. I'll do that.
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I'd also remove & clean the reservoir while you're at it, it makes a big difference in the long run!
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