Subaru Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1985-1996 Repair Guide

Power Steering Pump

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Power steering pump fluid level should be checked at 15,000 mile (24,000 km) intervals.

FLUID RECOMMENDATION



Dexron®II ATF is the recommended fluid for the power steering pump.

LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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Fig. Fig. 1: Power steering fluid reservoir cap with fluid recommendation written on it-Legacy shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the cap and clean the dipstick portion ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... to reveal the hot level markings on one side ...



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Fig. Fig. 4: ... and the cold level markings on the other



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Fig. Fig. 5: Use a funnel to add fluid to the reservoir

  1. Drive the vehicle several miles to raise the power steering system up to normal operating temperature.
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  3. Park the vehicle on a level surface and stop the engine.
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  5. Remove the level gauge, wipe it clean, then replace it fully.
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  7. Remove it again and read the level at the HOT side of the gauge. If the fluid reading is at the lower level or below, add the recommended power steering fluid until it reaches the upper mark.
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  9. When the fluid level has to be checked without warming up the power steering system, read the level at the COLD side of the gauge and add fluid accordingly.
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