Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide

Power Steering Pump Reservoir



The power steering system covered by this guide uses Dexron® III Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) for lubrication. DO NOT use improper fluids such as Type F® ATF, hypoid gear oil, or other types of power steering fluid. Use of improper fluids could lead to leaks or system damage. Always use new, clean Dexron® III ATF whenever adding fluid to the transmission.


The level of the power steering fluid should be checked in the reservoir periodically, at least once a year. Fluid is checked using the dipstick which is attached to the underside of the reservoir cap. The fluid level, which should be inspected when the power steering fluid is cool, should fall between the MAX and MIN marks on the dipstick. If the level is close to, or below the MIN mark, add enough clean Dexron® III ATF to the power steering pump through the fill cap/dipstick hole.

Extensive driving with a low power steering fluid level can damage the power steering pump.

  1. If the engine is warm or hot, allow it to cool down.
  3. Locate the power steering pump reservoir, then remove the cap/dipstick and note the level as indicated by the markings. To be sure of your reading, wipe the dipstick off with a clean shop rag, install the cap back in position, remove it again and double check the level.
  5. If the level is close to, or below the MIN mark, add fluid to bring it up to the proper level (a funnel is usually very helpful). As with most automotive fluids, DO NOT overfill.
  7. When you are finished, install and tighten the fill cap/dipstick until secure.