Does a BMW need a special type of power steering fluid or any fluid?
Depends on the year of your BMW, and the style of power steering rack. There are 2 common types: 1) Electronic Power Steering (EPS) 2) Hydraulic Power Steering (HPS). EPS does not require fluid and HPS does require fluid.
Why would power steering fluid be leaking from where the fluid goes from the storage by the steering shaft?
If you open the hood and stand in front of the engine, the power steering unit is located behind the radiator on to your left. Look at when the belts are and you will see a silver cap about 2" in diameter. Unscrew the cap and there is a dipstick on it indicating how high to fill the reservior. Use Dextron 3 automatic transmission fluid, there is no need to buy special power steering fluid…
What should you do if you accidentally poured a few ounces of washer fluid in the power steering fluid?
You need to remove the washer fluid. You can siphon it out, or remove the power steering reservoir and dump it out. If you haven't had the car running , you may be able to absorb it out with a rag since it is probably floating on top of the power steering fluid. The problem with washer fluid is that it is not compressible and will cause poor steering reaction when it enters the steering…
You may use power steering fluid or Dexron transmission fluid. Both available at your local auto parts. =================================================================================== Also , the 1997 Ford Crown Victoria owners manual shows Motorcraft MERCON automatic transmission fluid is used in the power steering
Is the power-steering pump going bad on a 1999 Chevy Mailbu when it makes a grinding noise as you turn the wheel?
If you mean "what" is making noise when you turn the steering wheel? It usaually means you need power steering fluid. If you run too long without power steering fluid it will make your power steering go out. If it is making a shuttering noise when you take sharp turns. Your rear differential may need to be serviced. I would have is burnished.