Questions about power steering systems, electronic and hydraulic, including pumps, hoses, fluid, etc

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What colour should power steering fluid be?

Recently started shopping for first car, so want to know as much as possible when going into a sale. Car I looked at recently has a brown dirty colour in the power steering reservoir, but the stuff ...
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2003 Ford Escort ZX2 has creaky steering

It doesn't squeal. It creaks in a constant, staccato fashion while I make right turns at low speeds. What could this be?
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Automatic trasmission gear lock when accelerating

For awhile now since getting my first car (and only driving Automatic transmissions) I've had plenty of experiences where when making a turn out of a parking lot with my wheels turned a bit too much, ...
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Why is my 2005 Volvo S60 losing its power steering fluid?

Last year, I bought a 2005 Volvo S60 for my wife to drive to her job. The car had 103,000 miles on the clock, so a few weeks ago, I installed a new timing belt, tensioner, idle pulley, and water ...
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Car electronics [closed]

I am developing system and I have this converter: Picture And I need to connect this to car electronic. Where is the best spot to connect this? Can you post a picture to show me the wires.
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Enormous discrepancy in part cost estimation; reliability of refurbished parts online?

3-Part Question: My car is squealing lately when I turn it on/am idling at stoplights/am making slow turns i.e. parking lots. I go to an engineering school, and some friends of mine who build ...
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Can anyone identify this part on a '96 Honda Prelude?

I have an image of a particular part on my '96 Honda Prelude and I have no idea what it is. It's connected to the power steering and is some kind of sensor. Anyone have any insight?
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Why would the steering be intermittently very heavy in a 2001 Dodge Caravan?

The steering wheel is very hard to turn immediately after starting the van when the engine is cold. This only happens intermittently (maybe 1 out of 30 times) After a few seconds it becomes easy to ...
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Is this reservoir for power steering fluid? (1989 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome)

Low-speed steering on this RV causes a loud squeal, presumably a slipping belt. I am trying to find check the level of the power steering fluid. I found this unmarked reservoir in the forward ...
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When I drive my car through a puddle the power steering goes out.

1996 Toyota Camry. I can't drive in the rain because when I do the power steering goes out. Any ideas of what might be the problem? No mechanic has been able to tell me what is going on.
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Power steering noise that goes away

My e46 M3 is making the tell-tale whining and groaning of a power steering pump that is either out of PS oil, or gasping it's last breath. The oil level is fine, so I immediately jumped to the ...