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YachtDriver

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PostSubject: Power Steering does not work when cold.   Power Steering does not work when cold. EmptyWed May 12, 2010 4:14 pm

Just got back from a bit of a Road Trip.

When I was in Chicago the temperature dropped below freezing overnight with the car parked outside. The next morning the power steering didn't work. I opened the reservoir and it made a quick whine and started to work. There was a definite white color to the fluid and it was dark. The power steering worked fine after that. No foam or anything. I changed the fluid at my final destination. Using a turkey baster and sucking it out. Then driving for a couple of hours and repeating. I put about 2 quarts through the system. But the problem persisted. (No indoor parking) I made it home after 6000 miles and had the fluid completely changed by my mechanic. I have not had a chance to see if it's going to happen again but I was wondering if anyone else has seen anything like this. I am thinking some water got into the system and at night dropped to the bottom stopping the pump from pumping. But I am at a loss as to how or why it took a long road trip to bring this issue out.
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PostSubject: Re: Power Steering does not work when cold.   Power Steering does not work when cold. EmptyWed May 12, 2010 7:59 pm

Very common. Power steering creates heat, cooling creates moisture
Read a bunch about it but cant remember where. I'll try to remember.
My 95 does it all the time overnight when the temp drops below freezing
Easiest fix was a fluid purge as you figured

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