Chrysler Neon 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Power Steering Pump

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



When adding fluid or making a complete fluid change, always use Mopar® Power Steering Fluid or equivalent. NEVER use automatic transmission fluid. Failure to use the proper fluid may cause hose and seal damage and fluid leaks.

LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

  1. Park the vehicle on a level surface with the engine at normal operating temperatures, then turn the engine OFF and remove the ignition key.
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  3. Use a rag to clean all the dirt and oil residue from the power steering pump reservoir cap/dipstick.
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  5. Remove the reservoir cap/dipstick and wipe off the fluid.
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Fig. Fig. 1: After wiping off the power steering cap/dipstick, remove it from the reservoir



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Fig. Fig. 2: When checking the power steering fluid level, hold the cap vertically with the tip of the dipstick pointing downward

  1. Install the cap/dipstick, making sure it is properly seated.
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  3. Unscrew the cap again, then check the fluid level holding the cap above the tip of the dipstick. If the level is below the COLD mark or below the ADD mark on the dipstick, add fluid until the level reaches the full level. Be careful not to overfill as this will cause fluid loss and seal damage. A large loss in the system may indicate a problem. This should be inspected and repaired at once.
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Fig. Fig. 3: If at room temperature and the level is below the COLD (1) mark, you must add fluid until it reaches the FULL (2) mark



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Fig. Fig. 4: When the engine is at operating temperature, the level should be between the HOT (1) and ADD (2) marks

 
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