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Old 10-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #21
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Redline makes ATF D4(DEX 6). Sounds like you just need to bleed out the air. Try jacking up the front of the car and turning the wheel lock to lock a few times while the car is on, turn off the car to check the level. Reving the engine while turning the wheel helps sometimes too.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:02 AM   #22
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Took this video in the parking lot after class today. When I spoke to the mechanic today when picking up the car I asked him what kind of fluid did he put in and he informed me it was BG power steering fluid . He said it's "good stuff" and cost $30 a quart. I told him just because it's expensive doesn't mean you should use it in the car. So another drain and flush is necessary . Even though the vehicle was making this noise before this fluid was in; I'm sure this isn't helping the situation. I mean the guy had good reviews online. For Gods sake the place was called German Auto!
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:05 AM   #23
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I've always wondered what would happen should the wrong fluid go in and what it could potentially sound like. Get some PROPER fluid, any dex 6 (or 3 if you can find) and bleed it... preferably with the front end up in the air to help.

Let this be a lesson to all! make sure to know EXACTLY what the mechanic is doing to your car- INCLUDING the fluids!
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:11 AM   #24
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Yeah, that's what mine was like when it had air in the system. Drain the fluid by taking the hoses off the pump and make sure the reservoir empties. Then go through a slow refill and top up process with the correct fluid.

If you can get the front wheels off the ground, you may be able to help the bleeding process by grabbing a front wheel and exercising it left/right a few times to help get the fluid through the system before you start the engine.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:06 PM   #25
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Mine sounded just like that with air in it. Didn't need to remove anything in my case, just raised the front wheels off the ground and went full lock-to-lock slowly a few times. And of course make sure you have the proper fluid level in the reservoir before you do this.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #26
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I tried doing that for about 30 minutes - failed, gave up and drained/refilled.
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