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.
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.
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"?
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?
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.
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