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Old 06-14-2016, 07:09 PM   #1
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Dipstick and power steering fluid issues

My power steering went out (86 Winnebago Chieftain) and I needed to add fluid. The reservoir is about center, with the top 2" below the bottom of the dash. The tank itself is held in place with a bracket which, if you remove it, allows it to swing forward a bit. How is one supposed to fill it? There's not enough space to fit the bottle of fluid and a funnel and tube doesn't have enough slope to empty the tube. I managed to get fluid in, but only with a fairly large spill to clean up afterwards. Surely there's a method to do this I haven't thought of.

And then I figured I should check the oil. The level is fine, but the dipstick, about four feet long, won't go back in more than three quarters of the way. I tried orienting it in different directions, but it hangs up.

I'm not a complete mechanical incompetent and it seems like I shouldn't have to pay a mechanic to change the oil or add power steering fluid but maybe I do?

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I use a turkey baster to fill containers in tight places like that. As for the dipstick, in my rig if I wipe all the oil off it won't go back in. I need to leave the end a bit "wet".
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:41 PM   #3
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Agreed with the turkey baster, For the dipstick, you can shove it in as far as it will go, then hold it tightly right where it stops at the end of the tube, and pull it out a little, and quickly shove it in, making shure to not bend it. If this does not do the trick, pull it back out, and take a pair of pliers and bend the end ever so slightly, only the bottom of it, about a 1/4" up or so. Then, try it again, you may have to turn it over, depending on the curve. They always get stuck at the joint of the tube! Hope this helps! Rail!
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