AC_A340
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Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 11:19 am

I have a '98 Cavalier with about 70,000 miles on it I've noticed that the power steering fluid is brown (it used to be red), but at the proper level. The owner's manual makes no mention of ever having to change this, and I have noticed no steering problems.

Is this something that should be flushed and refilled, or is it ok as is? I can't find much information about this online.
 
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Thu May 12, 2005 11:22 am

If it ain't broke..... need I say more?
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Thu May 12, 2005 11:24 am

Sounds like your fluid is getting old. The brown color occurs as it picks up dirt and ages. As it ages it's properties change.

I would say that replacing the current 7 year old fluid is not a bad idea.
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 11:40 am

Consider it preventitive maintenence. Frankly, your power steering fluid shouldn't really be brown because it does pick up as much dirt as say transmission fluid, so a change definatly wouldn't do any harm.
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 11:48 am

Put food coloring in it.

Or, call Click & Clack - Tom & Ray from Car Talk...they're mechanics...from MIT
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 12:21 pm

Not a big deal, but if you have the time it wouldn't hurt to change it. I'm sure it's not doing much harm, but it's always good to fix any problems before they become problems.



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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 12:23 pm

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 5):
I'm sure it's not doing much harm, but it's always good to fix any problems before they become problems.

Exactly my thought, for the amount of effort it takes to change that fluid, you may be preventing a much more expensive problem down the road.
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Thu May 12, 2005 12:24 pm

It's a Cavalier? Push it into a lake and claim the insurance.  Wink
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Thu May 12, 2005 12:26 pm

Hey, I totally skipped that part.

I know where there is a 96 with a bum motor, in case you want a parts car.

All I have to do is hook you up with my brother, he can cut you a deal.
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 12:28 pm

Quoting TPASXM787 (Reply 7):
It's a Cavalier? Push it into a lake and claim the insurance

Great idea! With the 50 bucks you'd get you can go out for dinner!  Wink

Seriously though, I'd change it. Better safe then sorry.
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 12:31 pm

Quoting AC_A340 (Thread starter):
I have a '98 Cavalier with about 70,000 miles on it I've noticed that the power steering fluid is brown (it used to be red), but at the proper level. The owner's manual makes no mention of ever having to change this, and I have noticed no steering problems.

Is this something that should be flushed and refilled, or is it ok as is? I can't find much information about this online.

...I'm not a mechanic or anything but based on the year and mileage...I think its time for a new car. That is my diagnostic.
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 12:32 pm

I have honestly never heard of anyone changing power steering fluid. If it ain't broke ya know.

It is a Chevy, just wait for it to start leaking and add as necessary, that should change it eventually.
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Thu May 12, 2005 12:33 pm

On a more topic related note, get it changed. Check you oil/fluids regularly. I had two Lebarons. Trust me on this.
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 1:31 pm

Quoting CORULEZ05 (Reply 10):
...I'm not a mechanic or anything but based on the year and mileage...I think its time for a new car. That is my diagnostic.

i'm guilty of siding with imports in the argument versus domestic cars, but the fact is, 70,000 miles is about right for a car from 1998. not everybody gets a new car when their current vehicle rolls past 50,000 on the odometer. i'm guessing that if somebody is driving a cavalier, they're not looking to spend much on a car, they're looking to get their money's worth out of it. i'm the same way. 1995 camry that just rolled 80,000 yesterday. damn good car that has NEVER given me a problem. i will keep that car, save ridiculous amounts of money versus buying a new car even though i have the money available, and enjoy every moment of that sweet drug we call "reliability." at worst, i expect 200,000 miles out of it.
 
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Thu May 12, 2005 3:55 pm

Changing the PS fluid may make the fluid all red and happy, but I have a feeling that there might be a bigger problem here.

Seeing as PS fluid should not get discoloured that quickly, you might have a problem with seals/gaskets in the PS system. If you can get under your car SAFELY, have a look at the components in the system...if any are caked with dirt and/or look wet with oil, you might have found a borken seal.
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Fri May 13, 2005 9:12 am

Thanks for all of the input everyone. I have no intention on getting rid of my car any time soon since I've had no major mechanical problems with it, other than general wear and tear. I've also just graduated from college and would have no way of financing a new car in addition to all of my other loans. Based on the very little other information that is available online, it seems as though having some fluid in there is more important than the color of it.

Crjonbeez - I agree with the imports. My first car was an '87 Civic. There was almost 180,000 miles on it. It was a great car for bombing around town.
 
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Fri May 13, 2005 10:59 am

Since you guys seemed to help out AC with this problem, I hope you can give me input on mine.

My rear brakes knock when I press the brake pedal. The pads were replaced before I bought the car 3 weeks ago so its not low pads. I took it into the stealership and they told me that its was my rotors. BTW, my rear brakes are not the standard drum brakes, they are disk all the way around.

Any input would be appreciated.
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Fri May 13, 2005 12:47 pm

Quoting Jutes85 (Reply 16):
Since you guys seemed to help out AC with this problem, I hope you can give me input on mine.

My rear brakes knock when I press the brake pedal. The pads were replaced before I bought the car 3 weeks ago so its not low pads. I took it into the stealership and they told me that its was my rotors. BTW, my rear brakes are not the standard drum brakes, they are disk all the way around.

Any input would be appreciated.

Sounds to me like they may have used a cheap after-market brake kit which didn't include anti-rattle clips. Wouldn't hurt to have Midas give you a free brake inspection, tho.
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RE: Car Question For Any Mechanics On Here

Fri May 13, 2005 2:00 pm

Quoting Jutes85 (Reply 16):
I took it into the stealership and they told me that its was my rotors.

warped rotors perhaps...you can get solid, dependable, remanufactured ones for a good price at large stores

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