97 Mk3 Jetta Power Steering

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97 Mk3 Jetta Power Steering

Postby Mo_junz » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:19 am

Hi Guys,

I have noticed my car is dropping oil near my front mud flaps, upon further inspection i noticed the control arms etc has a lot of oil on it and its basically dripping down and leaking from the under carriage. With my limited knowledge i was able to gather it is power steering fluid because eventually the level went down so low that the pump started to whine lol. My car had just been sent in for an engine overhaul and its been a month now since I have been driving it, the weird thing is before any of this i never had to bother about power steering issues or ever refilling the system meaning it didnt have a leak. I also, for the life of me, cant remember what colour the fluid was but i do know it supposed to be VW Hydraulic fluid which is green.

Question is.. If the guys at the workshop performed an overhaul removing the block etc.. That does mean they would have to fill in new Power Steering fluid correct? Because right now shes leaking red and i am trying to gather if they filled the incorrect fluid, atf etc..

Please assist.. :hi:
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Re: 97 Mk3 Jetta Power Steering

Postby Rudi46 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:27 am

If they Removed the pipes and left the Power steering pump on the motor yes.
If they Removed the Powersteering pump and left it all conected No. (hard and can bend or break some pipes,which leads to oil leaks)
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Re: 97 Mk3 Jetta Power Steering

Postby panic-mechanic » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:30 am

Red is atf which is incorrect.
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Re: 97 Mk3 Jetta Power Steering

Postby Mo_junz » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:42 am

Thanks guys, she ran for many years with no PS problems, do you think this ATF can eat the seals etc within a month? Just a broad question i guess, will still have to get it checked asap.
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Postby panic-mechanic » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:07 am

It is but also let them check that all the pipes are tight.
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Re: 97 Mk3 Jetta Power Steering

Postby VolkswagenFan » Wed May 17, 2017 9:15 pm

I just bought a 96 jetta and am having the exact same issue. The clutch was done just before I bought the car so it would make sense that they could have bumped or broken something. I saw it was leaking right by the bottle outlet so sorted that out but something is still dripping a lot.

What is the best way to inspect for further leaks? Lift the car and check everything individually or what? I'm not very familiar with the power steering system. Also I didn't know there were different coloured fluids. I think I might have topped up with the red one now.

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Re: 97 Mk3 Jetta Power Steering

Postby panic-mechanic » Thu May 18, 2017 6:34 am

It's not about the colour, it is the wrong specification and the wrong oil.
Atf is automatic tramsmission fluid and vw pumps and racks do not use that. They need hydraulic fluid.
So drain it all by undoing a pipe at the rack. Then without starting the car turn the wheel a number of times left and right.
Put the line back and tighten.
Then undo the return line from the rack to the bottle , block it on the bottle side And fill the bottle. Put something under the return line to catch fluid.
Wait for it to start running out while topping up the bottle. Now briefly start the car and watch the fluid from the return line. Keep topping up the bottle till that red fluid is gone. Stop engine and put return line back on the bottle. Top up to level. Move the rack full left right till it goes quiet
You might have to do this more than once to get rid of the atf.
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Re: 97 Mk3 Jetta Power Steering

Postby bennit » Thu May 18, 2017 5:46 pm

I once used atf on my 9n3, chowed the seals within a month!
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