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Chevrolet Captiva Owners Manual: Power Steering Fluid

See Engine Compartment Overview on page 10-4 for reservoir location.

When to Check Power Steering Fluid

It is not necessary to regularly check power steering fluid unless a leak in the system is suspected or an unusual noise is heard. A fluid loss in this system could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected and repaired.

How to Check Power Steering Fluid

To check the power steering fluid:

  1. Turn the ignition off and let the engine compartment cool down.
  2. Remove the engine cover, if required. See Engine Cover on page 10-7.
  3. Wipe the cap and the top of the reservoir clean.
  4. Unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick with a clean rag.
  5. Replace the cap and completely tighten it.
  6. Remove the cap again and look at the fluid level on the dipstick.

The fluid level should be within the area indicated on the dipstick when the engine is cold. If necessary, add only enough fluid to bring the level within the area indicated.

What to Use

To determine what kind of fluid to use, refer to Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 11-12.

Always use the proper fluid.


Use of the incorrect fluid may damage the vehicle and the damages may not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Always use the correct fluid listed in Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 11-12.

Power steering system in 2016 Chevrolet Captiva relies on power steering fluid to operate smoothly and efficiently. This fluid is crucial for ensuring the proper functioning of the power steering pump, which assists in turning the vehicle's wheels.

It's important for Captiva owners to regularly check the power steering fluid level and condition as part of their routine maintenance. Low or contaminated fluid can lead to issues such as difficulty in steering, increased steering effort, or unusual noises when turning the wheel.

When checking the power steering fluid, owners should ensure the vehicle is parked on a level surface and the engine is off. The power steering fluid reservoir is typically located near the engine bay and is marked with a "Power Steering" or similar label.

To add or change the power steering fluid, owners should follow the guidelines outlined in the Chevrolet Captiva owner's manual (C100/C140). This may involve using a specific type of power steering fluid recommended by Chevrolet and following proper procedures for adding or replacing the fluid. Regular maintenance of the power steering fluid helps ensure optimal performance of the Captiva's steering system, contributing to a smoother and more enjoyable driving experience.

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