|SPOILER ALERT! (it's a joke)|
The NMS team is your average bunch of Joe's trying to keep their cars running, mostly because you can have a LOT more fun in a vehicle that runs than one just sitting in the driveway! Anyway, long story short, my car started making an odd noise a few weeks ago, and I was thinking maybe it was just from the cold weather, or maybe because I wasn't driving it much. The noise would go away after driving a while, but that noise just didn't sound right.
At least it wasn't one of THOSE sounds that tell you to get your credit card out because it's an expensive sound. After concluding that part of the noise was from turning the steering wheel, a little bit of Internet searching turned up low power steering fluid as a probable cause in my model. I'm happy to report that today I filled the power steering fluid up to full, and the noise has gone away for now. Yes, the fluid level was low, so I feel real smart for letting that happen in the first place, so my only defense is that with my mid-engine car, just checking the fluid is a little harder than your average car. That brings us to the following lesson, just in case you might need this particular bit of automotive knowledge in filling the power steering fluid that is NOT located in the front of your car.
|Looking into the car from the rear, we need to remove that net and the |
carpeted piece under it to start getting to the engine. Easy.
|No carpet, so now we have to remove the aluminum engine cover, |
which means removing 5 Torx bit screws.
|Here's a T30 Torx bit, and away go those screws and the engine cover!|
|NOW we're looking at the engine, and finding the fill cap for the |
power steering fluid is pretty easy.
|The filler cap has this little dipstick on it, clearly marked MAX and MIN. |
I saw NO fluid on the stick at all, so prepared to fill with fluid.
Hopefully truth and justice and running cars will win out again with this simple maintenance step. I'd like to thank the Internet, FCP Euro, and my owner's manual too! Oh, and if you need a drop or two of power steering fluid, stop by some time and we'll top you off!