The power steering system incorporated into most Tempo/Topaz is a hydraulically driven system which enables the driver to maneuver the vehicle with ease because the pressure created is used to drive gears which converts the turning action into a mechanical force.
By maintaining the proper power steering fluid level, the driver is ensured that enough fluid is available to adequately driver the power steering system. Whenever the engine oil level is checked, also check the power steering fluid level.
Use only power steering fluid that meets Ford Specifications such as Motorcraft Type F Automatic Transmission and Power Steering Fluid or an equivalent type F fluid which displays a Ford registration number (2P-followed by six numerals). Whenever the dipstick is inserted, always make sure it is properly seated and locked.
FLUID LEVEL CHECK
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground. Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature. While the engine is idling, turn the steering wheel all the way to the right and then left several times. Shut the engine OFF. Open the hood and remove the power steering pump dipstick. Wipe the dipstick clean and reinstall into the pump reservoir. Withdraw the dipstick and note the fluid level shown. The level must show between the cold full mark and the hot full mark. Add fluid if necessary, but do not overfill. Remove any excess fluid with a suction bulb or suction gun.