2002 impala 3800 power steering reservoir..

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jacob c

Des Plaines, IL

#1 Jan 25, 2007
where the hell is it? my power steering basically went out and i need to check to see if the fluid is low.. and i can't find it.. the owner's manual says that its low in the engine compartment.. but i pretty much can't find it.. any help?
BFK111

AOL

#2 Jan 28, 2007
Behund the alternator GOOD LUCK I try to fill mine about once a month. needs power steering rack
Dan K

AOL

#3 Mar 4, 2007
BFK111 wrote:
Behund the alternator GOOD LUCK I try to fill mine about once a month. needs power steering rack
Just to add a little for some later readers:
It is behind AND BELOW the alternator. It has a steering wheel symbol on it; something like a Mercedes logo. I have filled my '02 once in 73K miles. A plastic syring worked great.

dan
tyler

Seattle, WA

#4 Apr 15, 2007
ahahha its hella hard to find the first time whoops your ass
Tristan

Blenheim, Canada

#5 Apr 19, 2007
Its under the alternator towards the fire wall. look for a 5.5" pulley towards the lower end of the motor, and thats your power steering pump. the reservoir will be on that. HTH
mark

Everett, MA

#6 Sep 6, 2009
can you find the powersteering res from underneath the car or only from up top
BFK111

AOL

#7 Sep 25, 2009
I gave up filling it a while ago...been running 2 1/2 years dry !!!!! Car has over 200000 miles.
jokey

Plumsteadville, PA

#8 Nov 11, 2009
another great enginering job by GM,hope they fired that person!!!!!!!!!!
Technician R

Mount Vernon, OH

#9 Nov 11, 2009
mark wrote:
can you find the powersteering res from underneath the car or only from up top
Only from the top!
Doug

AOL

#10 Jan 30, 2010
Just remove the upper brace rear (4 bolts) and remove the coolant tank (2 bolts) and there it is!!
Gary

Redford, MI

#11 Jul 11, 2010
I'm sure the guy that did the packaging for the power steering pump location has been promoted to director of engineering by now. I like how they put the label on top of the power steering cap then bury the cap in the bottom of the engine under the alternator where you'll never see it, why waste the ink to print on top of the cap. They should have printed "Congratulations you found me" on top of the cap.
The bumper stickers on the cars that say "Out of a job yet keep buying foreign" should be changed to "Out of a job yet, keep building junk"
Dean

High River, Canada

#12 Nov 24, 2010
I totally agree - I looked for the location, thinking it would be very easy to spot and then searching the ever helpful manual, finally discovered it's mysterious location and it's so much fun trying to put fluid in while aiming the funnel.

I love the "Congratulations you found me" idea, I'd be the first to buy one lol
Rick

Albany, CA

#13 Nov 24, 2010
BFK111 wrote:
Behund the alternator GOOD LUCK I try to fill mine about once a month. needs power steering rack
There is a power steering fluid hose that runs into the power steering rack that has been troublesome on Impala's. It leaks at the connection and has to be replaced. There was also a recall on the later models for this problem. However, GM failed to recall the 2000 thru 2005 models to fix this problem. The later models after 2005 used the same design and they did nothing to fix the earlier models. If you are loosing power steering fluid, this could be where it is going. Also, the rack and pinion steering units leak after about three years of use regardless of mileage due to a poor design. I have been through three rack and pinion units in 30,000 miles. Each time they break, they leak fluid onto the subframe and the steering squeaks.
Jay

Florence, SC

#14 Feb 3, 2011
I still can't find that thing and my car needs it badly. The turn around time on these answers are 5 mins and they don't answer the question until years later. WTH?
sweetrose2423

Union City, CA

#15 Aug 22, 2011
thank god I found this site cuz I never would have found it myself. The manuel indicates F. power Sterring Fluid Reservoir (low in engine compartment) with a picture of arrow (F) pointing to alternator but what good is that like you all are saying. Well time for an oil change and let them deal with it as it's part of the package to check and top fluids necessary oh yeah don't forget the free rotation of tires too.
vnix

Saint Charles, MO

#16 Sep 29, 2011
Mine was really grimy after 156,000 mile and that made it much harder to find.
tazz cortes

Philadelphia, PA

#17 Jan 29, 2012
Really Happy that I found this site.....New 2002 Impala owner,& this problem had just started.I thought I'd be slick & pulled into full service pump @ mobile gas station & said "fill her up & check oil,power steering & coolant's after a few minute's of watching the puzzled look on the attendance face,je walked off in to the station with one the mechanic's which looked @ my car & could'nt find the power steering fluif either.After 4 Mobile staion's with sign's saying "FULL SERVICE AUTO REPAIR MECHANIC ON SITE,"INSPECTION, TUNE UP'S,OIL CHANGE,BREAKE JOB'S"not 1 of these mechanic's new where the power steering fluid goes.I was so pissed off @ the car's manual,and I chucked the useless book out out my window & proceeded to drive back to the bar I own"7th Gear Bar College Point N.Y.,because I needed a drink after all that & listening to the screech from my dry power steering problem.I thought I've better odd's hanging there & hoping that 1 of my many LINCOLN TECH STUDENT'S MIGHT POP IN IN NEED OF A DRINK AS WELL.
Rick

Berkeley, CA

#18 Jan 30, 2012
tazz cortes wrote:
Really Happy that I found this site.....New 2002 Impala owner,& this problem had just started.I thought I'd be slick & pulled into full service pump @ mobile gas station & said "fill her up & check oil,power steering & coolant's after a few minute's of watching the puzzled look on the attendance face,je walked off in to the station with one the mechanic's which looked @ my car & could'nt find the power steering fluif either.After 4 Mobile staion's with sign's saying "FULL SERVICE AUTO REPAIR MECHANIC ON SITE,"INSPECTION, TUNE UP'S,OIL CHANGE,BREAKE JOB'S"not 1 of these mechanic's new where the power steering fluid goes.I was so pissed off @ the car's manual,and I chucked the useless book out out my window & proceeded to drive back to the bar I own"7th Gear Bar College Point N.Y.,because I needed a drink after all that & listening to the screech from my dry power steering problem.I thought I've better odd's hanging there & hoping that 1 of my many LINCOLN TECH STUDENT'S MIGHT POP IN IN NEED OF A DRINK AS WELL.
My 2003 Impala LS had power steering leaks several times. The causes were as follows: The hose that hooks into the power steering rack developed a leak and had to be repaired. The other four times the cause was the power steering gear unit,(commonly known as the power steering rack and pinion). The power steering rack has been replaced four times in 30,000 miles. The rack develops a leak, and the entire unit has to be replaced and the cost can run $1,200.00+. If your power steering rack is leaking fluid and needs replacing, You may need a couple, three, or four drinks.
Heather

Albany, NY

#19 May 29, 2012
Hi,
I was just at the shop and was told that the power steering has a leak. I was wondering what actually happens if the power steering goes when you are driving the car? Is it possible to drive the car without the power steering?
Thanks.
Neeseg

Jackson, TN

#20 Aug 10, 2012
It is possible but difficult......mine just went dry today and you have to be a gorilla to turn corners.

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