Dodge Avenger: Power steering - Starting and operating - Dodge Avenger Owners ManualDodge Avenger: Power steering

The standard power steering system will give you goodvehicle response and increased ease of maneuverabilityin tight spaces. The system will provide mechanicalsteering capability if power assist is lost.

If for some reason the power assist is interrupted, it willstill be possible to steer your vehicle. Under these conditions,you will observe a substantial increase in steeringeffort, especially at very low vehicle speeds and duringparking maneuvers.

NOTE:

• Increased noise levels at the end of the steering wheeltravel are considered normal and do not indicate thatthere is a problem with the power steering system.

• Upon initial start-up in cold weather, the power steeringpump may make noise for a short amount of time.

This is due to the cold, thick fluid in the steeringsystem. This noise should be considered normal, and itdoes not in any way damage the steering system.

WARNING:

Continued operation with reduced power steeringassist could pose a safety risk to yourself and others.

Service should be obtained as soon as possible.

CAUTION:

Prolonged operation of the steering system at the endof the steering wheel travel will increase the steeringfluid temperature and it should be avoided whenpossible. Damage to the power steering pump mayoccur.

Power Steering Fluid Check

Checking the power steering fluid level at a definedservice interval is not required. The fluid should only bechecked if a leak is suspected, abnormal noises areapparent, and/or the system is not functioning as anticipated.

Coordinate inspection efforts through an authorizeddealer.

CAUTION:

Do not use chemical flushes in your power steeringsystem as the chemicals can damage your powersteering components. Such damage is not covered bythe New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

WARNING:

Fluid level should be checked on a level surface andwith the engine off to prevent injury from movingparts and to ensure accurate fluid level reading. Donot overfill. Use only manufacturer’s recommendedpower steering fluid.

If necessary, add fluid to restore to the proper indicatedlevel. With a clean cloth, wipe any spilled fluid from allsurfaces. Refer to “Fluids, Lubricants, and GenuineParts” in “Maintaining Your Vehicle” for furtherinformation.

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