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Overfilled power steering reservoir

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bigmooze, May 6, 2010.

  1. May 6, 2010 at 6:46 PM
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    bigmooze

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    I had my power steering fluid flushed today. The dealership performed the work.

    When I got home, the fluid was topped up pretty high in the reservoir, over half an inch high above the max line.

    I carefully removed some of the excess fluid.

    What are the problems with too much fluid? I just assumed it was too much, being over the MAX line and all.

    No problems (feeling, noises) experienced while fluid was high.

    Input appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. May 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM
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    a whole HALF INCH!!! good thing you used care when removing the excess fluid...!!

    no big deal dude....move on, nothing to see here....

    EDIT: this is why you do everything on your truck yourself...
     
  3. May 6, 2010 at 8:53 PM
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    lookylookitzadam

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    Be careful how fast you turn the wheel. The extra fluid gives extra pressure in the system. If you turn to fast you could blow out the power steering lines, damage the pump or possibly even blow out the entire rack and pinion.





    Or you could totally be fine. =P no big deal
     
  4. May 8, 2010 at 4:29 AM
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    It shouldn't be any issue. The line is used to ensure there is enough room in the resivoir for the fluid to expand when hot. No extra pressure should be produced as the system is hydraulic and will only produce the amount of pressure that the power steering pump will allow.
     
  5. May 8, 2010 at 5:31 AM
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    Was the truck cold or hot?

    Assuming you just got home from the dealer, the truck was HOT.

    So, what LINE did you use on the dipstick? There are TWO separate lines. A COLD mark and a HOT mark.

    I would check the fluid again when the truck is COLD (sitting overnight for instance). Take notice to the COLD mark and make sure the fluid is atleast up to that COLD mark.

    If by chance you were looking at the wrong mark and removed fluid, you might not have enough fluid.
     
  6. May 8, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    I have checked the fluid both hot and cold after removing the excess. The reservoir is translucent with MIN and MAX marks on the side. There is no dipstick. So far the level has remained at MAX but I will continue to monitor it closely over the next couple of weeks.
     
  7. May 8, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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    Translucent reservoir? You sure you're not talking about the brakes? (Though at least in the 1st gens, I believe the brake res/master cylinder were hooked to the power steering pump, guess as an assist or something.)

    I've never seen a translucent/plastic PS reservoir.. they've usually been black at least, most times metal.
     
  8. May 8, 2010 at 11:11 AM
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    :eek: <<< This is me, very embarassed.

    All along I have been talking about the brake fluid. I am ashamed to say it.

    So, power steering fluid level looks awesome, and brake fluid reads maximum.

    Is there a possible reason for the brake fluid to have been higher than max? The brakes feel fine.
     
  9. May 8, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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    Higher than max is fine. As long as you don't fill it up to the tippy top at the same time as you press on the brakes - you're fine. ;)
     
  10. May 8, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    And the power steering reservoir is transparent as well - for the record.
     
  11. May 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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    this. and my PS fluid is a little over max when hot. Hasn't hurt anything yet.
     
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