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#1 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 01:20 PM
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2011 Power Steering

My apologies if this has been discussed but I have been searching for the last 1/2 hour both here and on Google in general and have not found the answer yet

Can someone educate me on how the 2011 power steering works?

First off I have a pretty good working knowledge of almost all things automotive as it pertains to maintenance, building and customizing.

I do know that near as I can tell there is not a power steering reservoir under the hood in the normal location (front right corner on 2008 - 2010 Challengers) and it is not up under the cowel near the break fluid reservoir. I do know that my 2011 has "Performance steering w/electronic variable assist." Also on the front of the motor there is an idler pulley, tension pulley, alternator, air conditioning pump, crank pulley and water pump pulley - no power steering pump. My guess is the power steering is driven by an electric motor but wouldn't there be some sort of fluid?

Now I don't NEED to service the power steering, I am just curious.


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Ok, gave up on the computer search and did things the old fashion way :-)

There appears to be an electric driven pump under the windshield washer fluid reservoir. On top of the pump appears to be a removable cap stating "power steering fluid". My guess is the only way to access this would be from underneath the car.

Either way, question answered - yes it does take fluid and yes it does have a pump. Just not what I have been used to for the past 30+ years LOL.
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According to the 2011 Challenger Owners manual ( yes I called and they mailed me the paper version for free- about 1 1/2 inches thick) Page 434, the power steering fluid is: "Mopar Hydraulic Fluid or equivalent, meeting MS-1165 such as Fuchs EG ZH 3044 or Pentosin CHF 11s"

There is also a full page, 275, that explains the electro-hydraulic power steering system.

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1-1/2" thick

LOL, no wonder they threw the DVD in the clove box instead of the paper copy. i did search around on the DVD for a while but never really did find anything of significance. Thanks for the info. So, who did you call to get your own "tree"?
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On the back of the DVD cover, the bottom paragraph:

"If you are the first registered owner of your vehicle, you may obtain a printed copy of the Owners Manual, Navigation/Media Center Manual, or warranty booklet by calling 1-800-423-6343 (U.S) or 1-800-387-1143 (Canada), or by contacting your dealer."

It's pretty thick, of course when you actually have pages to explain the Cupholders!! (yes, I'm not kidding-page 164 front, page 165 rear cupholders) you know your going to de-forest some land mass......

It's definetly worth getting, especially since it's free, with free shipping. It took maybe 3-4 days to reach Florida.

It's not going to fit too well into the glove box, unless you keep very few items in there.

Your dealer/salesperson didn't tell you about this?

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LOL, yep thats a pretty good sapling you have there. I did flip the DVD cover over and found what you were talking about. Almost had to get the magnifier out to read the fine print but I got it. And no, the salesman said nothing about it - go figure.

Either way, thank you for the info.
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