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2005 chevy cobalt ..does it use power steering fluid why ...

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2005 chevy cobalt ..does it use power steering fluid? why would it be hard to steer all of a sudden?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Ted G. replied 8 years ago.
No it should not use power stering fluid. Have you checked the level and found it low?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i have no idea how to check the level so no what could make it hard to steer all of a sudden?
Expert:  Ted G. replied 8 years ago.
If it has a leak and the fluid is low it will be very hard to steer. Take it or tow it somewhere like a service station and have them check it before you damage the power steering pump. If you want to look yourself the manuial may give you a picture of the reservoir, it is a small black plastic box on top of the engine with a little cap on it. If you remove the cap there is a little stick on it that will say "Fill and Add" and some lines. If it's below Add you have a leak.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
you told me it dosent take fluid then you asked if i had checked it? this makes no sense!
Expert:  Ted G. replied 8 years ago.
What I meant was it should not use fluid up, it should always be full unless you have a leak. I'm sorry I wasn't clear, it is a fluid operated hydraulic system, but the fluid is not normally "used" up or consumed.

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