can i do it myself?

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asparagus1968
asparagus1968 Posts: 1,787 Forumite
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edited 29 August 2023 at 4:40PM in Motoring
just following martin's pre-MOT checks,you know-bulbs/tyres/fluids etc.
all are ok ,but i saw that the "power-steering fliud" level is just reaching the minimum line. is this something i can buy and top up,like i do with oil and coolant etc?or better left to a garage?
thanks in advance,thanks for reading.
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  • s_b
    s_b Posts: 4,464 Forumite
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    You need the appropriate fluid for your system
    refer to handbook or dealer
    do not let mot garage top it up if they do not have data for your car not all vehicles take a straight dexron
    does it have a leak? thats a fail,not an old ka by any chance
  • asparagus1968
    asparagus1968 Posts: 1,787 Forumite
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    thanks for that info.
    its a 5 year old fiesta.the fluid isn't below the minimum line,just reaching towards it.will keep my eye on it for now.
    cheers.
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  • Mr_Thrifty
    Mr_Thrifty Posts: 756 Forumite
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    sounds deadly.

    take no chances. leave it to the Professionals.
  • scottishperson2
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    s_b wrote: »
    does it have a leak? thats a fail,not an old ka by any chance

    I had a car pass with a fluid leak from the power steering. Topped it up before it went in. Thought it could be a pass or fail depending?
  • asparagus1968
    asparagus1968 Posts: 1,787 Forumite
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    golly,why do you think it is deadly?
    the level is just reaching towards mininmum,its service was done last july.....
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  • gilbert_and_sullivan
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    golly,why do you think it is deadly?
    the level is just reaching towards mininmum,its service was done last july.....

    I think he's taking the mickey.
  • asparagus1968
    asparagus1968 Posts: 1,787 Forumite
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    oh,thankyou.! why do people do that,i come on here,trying to learn.
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  • adamc260
    adamc260 Posts: 2,055 Forumite
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    Surely if you have no power steering fluid you just lose power steering and it just becomes heavy... or am I wrong here? =/
  • chib
    chib Posts: 537 Forumite
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    If it's close to the line, I'd give Ford a call and get the genuine stuff and give it a top up. It may not need it now, but lower the risk of any steering issues - it's not something you'll have to do often.
  • Gloomendoom
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    adamc260 wrote: »
    Surely if you have no power steering fluid you just lose power steering and it just becomes heavy... or am I wrong here? =/

    It just becomes extremely heavy. The slower you are going, the heavier it will feel.
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