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    Default Water vs power steering fluid?

    My genius g/f put about a half cup of water into her car's power steering tank, her thinking it was the windscreen washer tank. I noticed what she was doing about 15 seconds after she started before I stopped her.

    So far there's been no side-affects, but can I expect any do you think?

    (thank blimmin goodness it wasn't into the brake fluid reservoir!)

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    Default Re: Water vs power steering fluid?

    I would get it looked at if I were you. Oil floats on water so you could end with grief over this. After a while, it gets stirred around and emulsifies and that is no good either.

    Wow Greg, where did you find a girl that even lifts the bonnet? After 53 years of driving our car, SWMBO doesn't know where the bonnet or petrol tank pulls are. never cleaned it, checked the tyres....... I asked her once if she thought she should learn about what a car needs. She said "I know already... you just push down on that pedal and you hear a BRmmmm noise and it moves forward. The other pedal makes it stop" Quite quite sez I and gave up after that.

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    Default Re: Water vs power steering fluid?

    A similar thing happened to one of our vehicles. Water was accidentally put into the power steering tank. We immediately got a mechanic to drain and replace the power steering fluid. We were late leaving that morning - other than that no major problems.
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    Default Re: Water vs power steering fluid?

    Noting this was posted at 9.47 this morning, I'm curious what plan of action you took.

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    Default Re: Water vs power steering fluid?

    Would fully drain then refill.
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    Default Re: Water vs power steering fluid?

    Friends husband decided to do an oil change for her one day.

    Drained it, then topped up - thought it was odd it didn't take much.
    Off he went on the test drive - then the gearbox started to make horrible noises - as a result of him having drained that, not the sump.
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    Default Re: Water vs power steering fluid?

    Which begs the question of why it needed cup of oil in the first place?

    Usually this is caused by a leaky seal, evidenced by oil on the underside of the car and garage floor, in which case it will probably need fixing to get a Warrant and the whole job can be done as one.
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    Default Re: Water vs power steering fluid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Driftwood View Post
    Noting this was posted at 9.47 this morning, I'm curious what plan of action you took.
    None so far, being long weekend and all. The car's quite a complex thing, and I no longer have tools to do the job myself. Anyway, we'll see how it goes.
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    Default Re: Water vs power steering fluid?

    If the car has not been started since the addition of the water it will be only in the reservoir and most can be removed with either a siphon or pump bottle pump which most have around on a liquid soap bottle

    Just refill the reservoir and repeat,might still pay to do a complete change but you won't have the full amount of added water going through the power steering pump

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    Default Re: Water vs power steering fluid?

    drain it all.
    any water in it will cause corrosion of pump and steering.
    with some designs theres a chance that water will make its way down to the pump on its own.
    its probably over due for an oil change anyway, not many people bother to change power steering oil until its way to late.
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