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Re: Underhood hydraulic pump

In a message dated 95-09-05 12:39:30 EDT, LToy writes:

<< Yes, the owner's manual DOES say to use ATF--read it twice.  So I did.
 But on the side of the reservoir (covered under the grime accumulated from
the spray of a leaking hydraulic pump--yes the entire left side of my motor
had a dull grime) was a little silver sticker w/ black lettering about
"mineral hydraulik oel"  This car ate two hydraulic pumps in the 90k miles I
owned it;  I have no clue about the rack.

YMMV.  I'm guessing either VW makes mid-year engineering changes (my '87
4000csq was made in 12/86) or uses an extreme method of JIT--parts being used
from whatever parts bin is full and will work for the car!

look for that sticker!

Linus  >>

I see what you mean, Linus, but I think this may be a case of reading too
much into it. My '87(1/87) says ATF on the bottle, yet also has a sticker
with a part# for mineral oil. The owners manual advises ATF and lists no
application for mineral oil. I went to the good Bentley for answers...over
the course of 3 pages, it advises the use of ATF consistently. Methinks it
may be a case of borrowing parts from other models. I'll go with this info
and my 300K+ on three 4000q and a TQC. I haven't replaced a rack or pump on
*any* of the cars.(now that I've said this...)

Perhaps the system *can* run with either fluid, as long as they don't mix?
Don't know, don't dare try! YMMV

-Chris Semple