Ford escort has a power steering fluid capacity of one point. The manufacturer recommends that you never overfill the power steering fluid.
According to the 1998 Ford Escort Owner Guide : ( Motorcraft MERCON automatic transmission fluid is used as the power steering fluid )
Power Steering Pump Reservoir.
If it doesn't specifically say power steering fluid only you can use Mercon automatic transmission fluid.
It probably needs power steering fluid added.
Unless the cap on the reservoir says use Power Steering Fluid only use Mercon Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Use mercron automatic tranmission fluid and do not overfill.
You can use any kind of PS fluid you want as long as it's labeled, "Power Steering fluid".
Use a turkey baster to suck old fluid out, refill with new fluid.
I was looking at the 1999 Ford Escort Owner Guide ( for North America ) It shows that Motorcraft MERCON automatic transmission fluid is used as the power steering fluid So , the answer would be ( Yes )
under the hood on the left side near the front is a pump -the cap should say power steering fluid on the top (daddmac)
Link with picture of where steering fluid goes: http://www.fixya.com/cars/t1612500-power_steering_fluid
On the right center area when the hood is open, there is a fluid cap with what looks to be a steering wheel on it. That is where you add the Power Steering fluid. Check your Owners/Operators Manual for a picture of it.
put it in the thing next to the oil thing.
On a 1996 Ford Escort : The power steering fluid goes in the power steering fluid reservoir , at the front of the engine compartment , on the passenger side of the vehicle ( looking from the front of the vehicle it is the reservoir on the RIGHT) * With the 1.9 liter engine the reservoir on the left is the engine coolant reservoir and with the 1.8 liter engine the reservoir on the left is the windshield washer fluid reservoir , but with both engines the power steering fluid reservoir is the container to the RIGHT , looking from the FRONT of the vehicle
According to the Owner Guide , Motorcraft Ford type " F " Automatic Transmission and Power Steering Fluid ( Ford specification , ESW-M2C33-F )
The reservoir should be next to the wash fluid tank. This would be on the passenger side close to the firewall.
dirty oil in system not drained from previous pump
Open your hood, Now, on the left side of the engine, locate your coolant reservoir; and, immediately to the right of this should be your power steering fluid reservoir. I hope this helps you.
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Cars that have power steering will have a PS pump run by one of the fan belts. The pump will always have a cap on it where PS fluid is added.
Take the hose off of the steering rack and plug it so the fluid won't run out and then take the other end of the hose off the steering pump.
It takes special eqipment to flush the PS fluid. Get a turkey baster and suck all the fluid out of the PS reservoir and refill it. Do this several times and you will have effectively changed the fluid.
In a 2.0 the power steering reservoir is in the very front to the right it should be kinda small w/ a indent in the top and its got a little picture of a steering wheel and a drop of fluid over it
the transmission fluid for a 1996 ford escort is type MA.