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Steering issue and transmission fluid.

eepstereepster Posts: 3
edited December 2015 in Buick
I've got a 1998 Buick Century with 65,000 miles. All of a sudden steering is locking up, noticed steering pump liquid a little low. Filled up with transmission fluid and overflowed. Hearing intermittent whiny sounds turning left or right. Any ideas? Looked there had been a recall for this model, but none showing up for this vin-don't know if maybe already taken care of. Called dealership and they said steering knickle did not affect "this car".

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  • not steering knickle but knuckle. Contacted Gov site for recalls said they could not determine if recall had been fixed or affected THIS car. As site only reflects "Open recalls". Trying to determine if I should take to an independant or have to take to dealership.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Sounds like you either have a bad power steering pump or there's a lot of crud in the system. I'd suggest having the system flushed and fresh fluid added and see how it goes.

    Recalls are often done by VIN #, so that's your clue. Recalls do not expire but the manufacturer's obligations do:

    Here's info from NHTSA:

    "Are there any limitations on my right to have a recalled vehicle remedied at no charge?
    Yes. There is a limitation based on the age of the vehicle. In order to be eligible for a free remedy, the vehicle cannot be more than 10 years old on the date the defect or noncompliance is determined. Under the law, the age of the vehicle is calculated from the date of sale to the first purchaser. For example, if a defect is found in 2003 and a recall ordered, manufacturers are required to make the correction available at no charge only for vehicles purchased new in 1994 through 2003. However, consumers should realize that even though manufacturers are not obligated to remedy safety defects in older cars, a safety problem might still exist. If you receive notification of a defect on a vehicle older than 10 years, take the responsibility to have your car repaired at your own expense – and eliminate unnecessary safety risks."
  • Much Appreciated- secondary question-Flushing the system because I mixed transmission fluid in Steering pump recepticle? In addition, have I messed up my system by overflowing fluid? Made sure to dry carefully excess. However, since leaking now-am hoping its only overflow leaking. Thanks for your details on NHTSA.
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