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Power Steering Fluid Reservoir Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Power Steering Fluid Reservoir Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$30

Talent:

***

Tools:

10mm socket, hose clamp pliers, suction pump, turkey baster

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Power steering fluid reservoir

Hot Tip:

Drain as much fluid as you can from the reservoir with a suction pump

Performance Gain:

No more leaky reservoir

Complementary Modification:

Replace power steering fluid

The power steering fluid reservoir is prone to cracking over time due to the elements. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the reservoir. It is a good idea to try and suck out as much fluid from the reservoir as you can before replacing it (assuming it hasn't all leaked out already). You may also want to drain the fluid at the connection to the pump below. See our article on Power Steering Pump Replacement for more information.

It is also recommended that you move the coolant reservoir out of the way for better access. See our article on Coolant Expansion Tank Replacement for more information

Use a pair of hose clamp pliers to slide back the hose clamp (green arrow) and then pull the line off.
Figure 1

Use a pair of hose clamp pliers to slide back the hose clamp (green arrow) and then pull the line off.

Now do the same thing for the feed line at the rear of the reservoir.
Figure 2

Now do the same thing for the feed line at the rear of the reservoir. Use the hose clamp pliers to slide back the hose clamp (green arrow) and then pull the line off.

Pull the electrical harness grommet (green arrow) off the securing stud holding the reservoir to the engine mount.
Figure 3

Pull the electrical harness grommet (green arrow) off the securing stud holding the reservoir to the engine mount.

Now loosen and remove the 10mm nut securing the reservoir to the engine mount.
Figure 4

Now loosen and remove the 10mm nut securing the reservoir to the engine mount. Pull the reservoir up and off the mount.

And here's the finished result, with the reservoir removed.
Figure 5

And here's the finished result, with the reservoir removed. Installing a new reservoir is the reverse order of removal. Be sure to bleed the power steering system once you add fluid to the reservoir. See our article on Power Steering Fluid Replacement for more information.

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