Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Power Steering System

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FLUID RECOMMENDATION



When adding or changing the power steering fluid, use Dexron III ®Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF).

LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

The power steering hydraulic fluid level is checked with a dipstick inserted into the pump reservoir cap. The level can be checked with the fluid either warm or cold. The vehicle should be parked on a level surface. Check the fluid level every 12 months or 15,000 miles, whichever comes first.

  1. With the engine OFF , unscrew the dipstick and check the level. If the engine is warm, the level should be within the proper range on the HOT scale. If the engine is cold, the level should be within the proper range on the COLD scale.
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Fig. Fig. 1: The dipstick for the power steering fluid reservoir is on the inside of the cap



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Fig. Fig. 2: The power steering fluid level should always be between the marks on the dipstick



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Fig. Fig. 3: Later model Maximas have a translucent reservoir to view the fluid level

  1. If the level is low, add Dexron III®Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF), or a superceding compatible ATF its until correct. Be careful not to overfill, which will cause fluid loss and seal damage.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Check the filter for debris before adding fluid to the reservoir



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Fig. Fig. 5: Add power steering fluid as required to correct the reservoir level

 
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