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Okay to drive 02 without power steering fluid

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Old 12-21-2009, 10:22 AM
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It was very cold last week where I live. I'm pretty sure the power steering fluid froze (because it now looks like a thick gunk) and the rest leaked out somewhere.

It's going in tomorrow to be fixed. Can I drive the car the 8 miles to the shop without doing more damage or should it be towed?
 
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:55 PM
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You probably could; I was in a similar situation in the past. However, why not just take a different car to Autozone or something, grab some ATF fluid and put that in the power steering tank just to be safe for those 8 miles?
 
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by evoldarnoc View Post
You probably could; I was in a similar situation in the past. However, why not just take a different car to Autozone or something, grab some ATF fluid and put that in the power steering tank just to be safe for those 8 miles?
That's what I was thinking, but when I took off the cap to the power steering fluid reservoir, there was a loud pop, as if the reservoir was under a lot of pressure. There was only some thick gunk in there that looked like a slurpee gone bad. I don't want to put more fluid in there, possibly sending that gunk through the pump.

We've got motor club coverage anyhow, so the tow won't cost anything more than a hassle.
 
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