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Easy steps for maintaining Power-Steering fluid levels in your VW Jetta

Power Steering Fluid: Checking power steering fluid on most Volkswagen car is easy, though not all vw cars have it. If you can parallel park with one hand and eat an ice cream cone with the other, then you have power steering.

Checking the power-steering fluid level regularly can help improve the life of your vehicle and prevent costly damage caused by leaks in the system, while also ensuring that your vehicle is safe on the road.

Here are the steps to check your vw power steering fluid:

1. Park your VW Jetta on a level surface before checking fluid levels to ensure an accurate reading, and take note of whether the engine is hot or cold before reading the power-steering fluid level, since the levels of hot and cold fluids differ.

2. Locate the belts. The power steering pump is driven by a pulley and a belt and has a clear plastic or metal (usually round) reservoir on top of it. The power steering cap will often say "power steering".

3. Add fluid if necessary. Use only the proper type of power steering fluid for your VW car. Check your car's owner's manual and the bottle. Some cars require power steering fluid specifically designed for that car, as for example Pentosin 11S (Hydraulic Fluid 11S Synthetic Base, CHF 11.S) is a well known Power Steering Fluid for Jeeta.

4. Inspect the entire power-steering system when you add fluid to check for broken, worn or loose parts that may result in a leak. Replace any faulty parts immediately, as hot fluid leaking into the engine will result in severe damage.

5. Check the power-steering fluid level in your VW Jetta every 15,000 miles. At this interval, you should also be checking the other fluids under the hood, including the transmission fluid, brake fluid and coolant. You can check fluids sooner if you suspect a leak.

6. Park your VW Jetta on a level surface before checking fluid levels to ensure an accurate reading, and take note of whether the air cooled engine is hot or cold before reading the power-steering level, since the levels of hot and cold fluids differ.

7. Locate the power-steering fluid reservoir in the air cooled engine compartment. The reservoir should be connected to the power steering pump and clearly labeled. Remove the cap to check the fluid level for either "Hot" or "Cold" depending on the Volkswagen engine temperature.

8. Add VW approved power steering fluid if the fluid level is below the low-level mark. Add fluid very slowly to avoid overfilling the reservoir canister, and drain excess fluid if necessary by detaching the hose at the base of the reservoir.

9. Inspect the entire power-steering system when you add fluid to check for broken, worn or loose parts that may result in a leak. Replace any faulty car parts immediately, as hot fluid leaking into the Volkswagen engine will result in severe damage.