Polo 6N Power Steering Fluid Change DIY

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Polo 6N Power Steering Fluid Change DIY

Post by Pieta » Sun May 08, 2016 7:53 pm

Hi all,

On 161k kms decided that it was time for the system to be serviced with new fluid. This is a how to guide, so anybody with any suggestions or other tips, feel free to add on. Car took only about 800-900ml to fill up. So buying 1 litre is enough to get the job done...

Step 1, locate power steering reservoir and open cap,

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Step 2, drain fluid from lowest point as indicated, simply undo the clamp and pull off the pipe and drain into a bucket,

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As seen in the following pic, fluid was black (Supposed to be gold) so dont think it was ever changed,

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Step 3, Put pipe back, new clamp as the old one was still from Volkswagen (Crimped)

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Step 4, Fill up fluid with new fluid, (Check which one your car uses, green / red / gold) some are interchangeable but not all,

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Step 5, I put the car on trestles to take some strain off the pump for the bleeding procedure,

Bleeding procedure is to start the car after you filled up with the new fluid, turn steering wheel lock to lock a couple of times (4-8 times just to be sure) to get trapped air out of the system, check fluid in between the lock to lock cycle and add to desired max level,

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Step 6, Get car back on the ground and check level,

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Step 7, Check for leaks and you are all done,

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The verdict, the car's steering is smoother and less effort is required to turn, definitely worth the change...
Pieter "Pieta" Oberholzer

97 - Polo Classic 1.6i MP9
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