Ron In your manuel it should give a spec number for the antifreeze and the aftermarket antifreeze will too. When you open it, it will have a short dipstick that is attached to the lid with a few different markings on it including a range … of marks for cold fluid and a range of marks for hot fluid. You will see something that looks like a small pot with a black knob on top. However, and here is where my concern arises. Smallleaks usually turn into large ones over time.
Move thesteering wheel back and forth several times during warm up. That moisture can promote corrosion of metal parts too. Clear or amber power steering fluid should not be used in Nissan or Infiniti power steering systems. I think that it would help Owner's out a lot if the Engineer's would proof read what the Editor's Write in the Manual's,, to help keep it Simple for Owner's to Know what they can and what they can't use for Fluid's. Checking Neutral Position Steering Wheel, make sure that wheel alignment is correct, verify that the steering gear is centered before removing, check that the steering wheel is in the neutral position when driving straight ahead. In any case, mechanical things all fail eventually, and your car is certainly a mechanical thing.
I wanted to top off my steering fluid the other day on my 2000 Front. I've never heard of replacing power steering fluid as a maintenance item. Check the label on the fluid tomake sure it's the correct type for your car. It has been known to cause head gasket failures when used in Ford vehicles. Better yet, loosen the cap on the master cylinder to prevent vacuum from preventing the fluid from flowing freely, open one bleeder screw, and let the fluid run out on its own. Antifreeze is not antifreeze anymore.
With the engine off unscrew the black knob and remove, then remove the cover, this is the power steering sump. I know next to nothing about these beasties but I figure I can probably handle replacing a hose and two clamps. And so to sleep better at night why not get the specifically labeled stuff? So is there an equivalant on the market or should I stick with the Nissan stuff. I asked the guy behind the counter and he said it was fine. One that sells to garages and they will know what kind.
I'd want an explanation before I did that. The fluid is not clear anymore but brown, since the fluid in the lines mixed with what I changed. You don't want to let a leak go undetected. Once the car gets to be more than year old, crud builds up in the bottoms of the bores where the pistons normally don't travel. If contaminated with water, the fluid should be flushed. Cars have had stickers on the engines since the 1950s that say to use the manufacturer's products. Depending on the type of engine that your Nissan has, the location may be different.
Perhaps there is some additive in yours that wears out over time but then I would question why they found the need for an additive no one else has ever needed. And it also tastes sweet, so they usually want more, once they taste it. Do your self a favor - you spent 1000's for your Path - go crazy, get the regular stuff and be done. I just did an internet search and it appears that for most applications the two are about the same??!! In those 18 years, and even to this day thirty years later, I've never seen a can of Honda Oil. Overall Tips: If you can use only one handto parallel-park, then you have power steering. Maybe thats a retarded question, but I dont know a ton about all of the fluids, just basics about weight and how oil in the car works.
Open the hood and look down between the upper radiator hose and the duct from the air cleaner. To be safe, never push the pedal more than half way to the floor. I am changing the coolant in my Nissan Xterra next week. When replacing the cover you will need to push down a bit as it is spring loaded. Is this alright or do I need to find something else? After all, Nissan doesn't make their own fluids. No engine oil, transmission fluid, or power steering fluid.
Will not be using that nasty stuff. We read about replacing brake fluid causing more problems than what it prevents, particularly if someone pushes the brake pedal all the way to the floor. What you are looking for should be black and cylinder shaped with a cap on the top. That stuff will stink up your garage. Replacinga cracked power-steering hose or loose clamp is cheap compared withthe cost of replacing the pump.
If the engine is cold, fill to the cold line. Generally speaking for all makes, if the power steering fluid is red in color, stick with red power steering fluid or red automatic transmission fluid. I found this thread when I had the same question. When talking to Pep Boys and Kragen employees they say that the generic fluids are fine as long as it is for imports. I think the companies do these side by side comparison tests, and one might show some corrosion after a year or two's exposure, so they claim so and so's anti-freeze will ruin your engine.
They buy them from outside suppliers just like everyone else does. Contaminated brake fluid gets real expensive real fast, and it's a lot worse if you have anti-lock brakes. Need to look at the service manual link is in my sig to be certain. I'd fix it in about 10 minutes but I don't know whether any old fluid is acceptable or will cause more problems. Automatic transmission fluids do have different additives to meet certain requirements but that usually has to do with the comfort and characteristics of up-shifts. It should look like a l … ittle cylinder with a cap on it and a black screw-knob on the top.