Fix Power Steering Leaks: 1996 Ford Windstar GL 3.8L V6

Ford Windstar Model Years - 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

1. Getting Started - Prepare for the repair

2. Set Up Paper - Position paper and mark wheels

3. Assess Leak - How to see if power steering fluid is leaking

4. Open the Hood - How to pop the hood and prop it open

5. Find Reservoir - Locate the power steering fluid reservoir

6. Check Level - Determine the power steering fluid level

7. Fix Minor Leaks - Easy way to tackle minor power steering leaks

8. Replace Cap - Secure the power steering fluid cap back in place

9. More Info. - Additional information on minor leaks

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Video Description

This video shows you how to fix minor power steering fluid leaks in your 1996 Ford Windstar. Correct power steering fluid levels help make your Windstar easier to turn, especially at lower speeds. Watch our What is Leaking? video to help determine the type of fluid leaking from your Windstar if you are unsure. Power steering fluid is typically clear, pink or red in color and is oily to the touch. If the steering wheel is difficult to turn or you noticed power steering fluid leaking from your Windstar, watch the video above to see where the power steering fluid reservoir in your 1996 Windstar is located and how to fix minor power steering fluid leaks.

A small power steering fluid leak can make your Windstar hard to turn. When you check your power steering fluid level, make sure your Windstar is parked on a level surface with the 3.8 liter engine turned off in order to get an accurate reading. We recommend wearing safety glasses and gloves when dealing with any engine fluids, including power steering fluid. Adding power steering leak stopper may help stop power steering pump leaks for the short term, however, for a long term solution, you will need to replace your Windstar power steering pump.

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