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Power steering fluid in 2010 Corolla

05-29-2010, 01:25 AM
I can't find the power steering fluid container under the hood of my 2010 Toyota Corolla.
Is this because the power steering is electric, not hydraulic so it doesn't use power steering fluid?


11-26-2010, 11:41 PM
Just to update this thread, I went to a Toyota dealership and asked if the 2010 Toyota Corollas had power steering fluid for hydraulic power steering, as a backup to the electric steering. The answer is no. If the electric power sterring goes out, you will just be stuck with no power steering at all.


12-23-2010, 11:08 AM
Lexus and other cars use electronic steering so it's nothing new. Think how many thousands of gallons of power steering they same don't have to buy from Arabs and how much rubber is saved in belts. Lot more thnigs warrant worry than that steering, like the ding bat who pulls out in front of you causing a crash.

01-01-2011, 02:17 AM
Thanks Huney1 for the comment.
I have never owned a Lexus so electronic steering was something new to me when I got my Toyota corolla. Are there any other types of vehicles that use electronic steering?
I am a driving instructor, so when I do an under the hood check with my students on the Corolla, I will ask them if they know WHY we can't find the power steering steering fluid! (That puzzled me when I first got the vehicle and why I asked the question!)

01-01-2011, 08:15 AM
I don't know what vehicles have electric steering but imagine most will be going that way soon. I'm in favor of NOT using any petroleum based fluid much as possible and the auto industry will save thousands of gallons by changing to electric. As for the students, you can Google a picture of a power steering reservoir and show it to them. Power steering fluid is nothing but hydraulic fluid and of course flammable. I would caution them about over filling because it will run out of the fill cap and if it gets on a hot exaust manifold could catch fire. Amazing how much hydraulic fluid expands when heated as in another varation on a theme of hydraulic fluid; transmission fluid. Educate them about making a serious mistake putting power steering fluid in the brake fluid reservoir or vice versa because that won't work. If they are not absolutely sure of what they are dooing, take it to someone who does know.

Certainly caution the students about adhering to the owners manual which shows how to check all fluids. And a hot engine can cause bad burns various ways. Check tranny fluid when the engine is at operating temprature because running a tranny to full or to low is a definite no-no. Never take the radiator cap off an overheated engine because the coolant can and probably will spew out and cause bad burns.
We had a new T Bird and it has a sealed transmission no way to check the fluid except at the shop.

Overfilling the engine crankcase beyond the full mark on the dip stick is a bad mistake. Some folks seem to think giving it another half quart or whole quart over full is a good thing. However, if you put it over full the oil gets whipped to a sort'a milkshake froth laden with air bubbles so the wear points don't get the full protection from JUST oil as they should. Same applies to tranny fluid so just put as much in as the manual says and you'll be good to go. I flew and if you want to aggrivate a pilot put to much oil in the engine.

If you have questions please fire away and I'll do best I can to accomidate. Happy Holidays, Health, Peace, Prosperity and all the good things in 2011 to you and yours and this great forum. Huney 1, OUT.

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