As an independent VW service garage with over 27 years of hands-on experience, we've seen many mechanical breakdowns on vehicles. Experience has shown that changing your fluids is the single most important preventive maintenance routine you can perform to avoid vehicle breakdowns. Yet, for many VW owners, this seems to be one of the most neglected areas of maintenance. Thoroughly flushing your fluids at the proper intervals can help your car reach 150,000 miles and beyond! Changing your VW hydraulic fluid prevents failure of expensive steering pumps, rack and pinions, and other steering related parts.
Some suggest that you don't need to change your VW hydraulic fluid. We feel this isn't logical. An VW power steering pump is just one component of concern. The moving internal components of the steering pump and steering rack and pinion mesh and wear with one another, creating metallic particles that contaminate VW hydraulic fluid. It's important to change the VW hydraulic fluid as a part of your preventive maintenance schedule. We recommend changing your VW hydraulic fluid as a first step when attempting to solve hydraulic related issues, such as a noisy steering pump or the intermittent loss of power assisted steering. Vehicles operating in hotter climates or that are subjected to driving in heavy city traffic should have their VW hydraulic fluid changed every 30,000 miles. It's good preventive maintenance, and is inexpensive when compared to the replacement of an VW steering pump or VW steering rack and pinion.
Since 1946, RAVENOL of Germany has been at the forefront of innovation, creating the highest quality oils and lubricants specific to advanced engine, transmission, and power steering system designs. RAVENOL is recognized throughout Europe as a leader in fluid technology, keeping pace with the latest fluid specifications. They've succeeded in meeting and often exceeding the performance requirements set by leading European automobile manufacturers. RAVENOL's innovative and technologically advanced lubricant product line has out performed many of the leading motor oil companies. They have been awarded formal approvals from leading vehicle manufacturers such as Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, VW, BMW, Porsche, Volvo, ZF, and many more. Most German automotive owners want only the best fluids.
RAVENOL SSF sets the standard for innovation in the field of power steering fluid. With their propriety formulation, RAVENOL SSF covers the demands of most popular European hydraulic steering pump designs, past and present, single vain and double vain.
RAVENOL SSF fluid is equivalent to popular power steering fluid parts numbers. Note the broad list of specifications RAVENOL SSF hydraulic fluid meets / exceeds.
RAVENOL SSF Hydraulic Fluid Features:
1 Liter Bottle (1.06 Quart) Mfd in Germany
RAVENOL SSF is a high quality, high performance synthetic based hydraulic fluid that is perfectly engineered for VW's power steering systems and meet the latest specifications issued by VAG. A great choice for the high tolerance Vw and VW hydraulic systems, as well as other European cars, such as BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, and Porsche.
• Great shear stability at high temperatures.
• Maintains consistent viscosity in extreme operating temperatures from -40°C to over 130°C.
• Good anti-foaming characteristics.
• Extremely low pour point.
• Excellent corrosion protection.
• High thermal stability.
RAVENOL SSF VW Hydraulic Fluid
RAVENOL SSF Meets the following
VW Hydraulic Fluid Specs:
G 004 000 M2
G 002 000
VW hydraulic fluid specification
VW TL 521 46
VW TL 52 146 01
VW TL 146 00
Other Fluid Specs
ZF TE-ML 02K
DIN 51 524 Teil 2
Note: RAVENOL SSF would also be used in place of the very old 08972 and/or CHF 7.1 (mineral base) formula that was originally designed for Mercedes Benz and VW 'ZF' brand steering systems.
Also Meets the following Specs
for other Manufacturers:
BMW hydraulic fluid
83 29 0 429 576
82 11 1 468 041
82 11 0 148 132
Mercedes Benz hydraulic fluid
MB 343.0, MB 344.0, MB 345.0
Volvo hydraulic fluid
Saab hydraulic fluid
Porsche hydraulic fluid
000 043 206 56
Opel hydraulic fluid
Opel 1940 715, Opel 1940 766
Ford hydraulic fluid
Ford M2C204-A2, Ford 1 384 110
Land Rover Cold Climate PAS Fluid
Hyundai / Kia hydraulic fluid
Toyota hydraulic fluid
Toyota PSF NEW-W
Citroen hydraulic fluid
Citroen 9979 A1
Brief History Of The Audi VW Hydraulic Fluid Systems
In 1984 the Audi 5000 was considered an innovative automobile. The 5000 was equipped with a unique hydraulic pump that simultaneously performed both the power assisted braking and power assisted steering. This dual functioning system was used on many Audi VW models up until around 1996. The 1996 S6 model with 5 Cylinder 20 Valve engine was the last to use it.
Back then, a double vain hydraulic pump performed these two functions (power assist braking and power assist steering), requiring an advanced hydraulic oil that could properly function under the inherent high operating pressures and temperatures generated within this system. This unique system spawned a new era of fluids, a mineral based (CHF 7.1) hydraulic steering fluid in the early 1980s, and later a synthetic based fluid (CHF11s) in the 1990s.
Today, VW and Vw models use a much simpler design (compared to what was used back in the 1980s and 1990s). The single vain steering pumps of today typically only generate hydraulic pressure for the power assisted steering function and has a lower operating temperature. The mounting location of the steering pump differs depending on model and engine configuration and may be This variable may mounted near other heat generating components (i.e. turbochargers). Today's hydraulic fluid must facilitate proper steering pump operation, withstand high temperatures, and ensure reliably over a long period of time and under all vehicle operating conditions.
Vw Passat 1998-2001 Models
Refer to the factory manual for VW hydraulic system instructions.
We recommend having an A.S.E. certified VW mechanic change your VW hydraulic fluid.
Always wear gloves and wear safety goggles when handling VW fluids.
Never start the vehicle without VW hydraulic fluid in the fluid reservoir.
This is a basic overview of what is involved when flushing VW hydraulic fluid. It is not intended to replace the factory manual. Please refer to the factory manual for detailed instructions.
The Vw hydraulic fluid reservoir is located on the drivers side inner fender well in the engine compartment right behind the head lamp.
Locate the oil cooler tubing in front of the radiator for Vw hydraulic fluid. Find the rubber hose that attaches to the tubing located near the drivers side lower corner of the radiator. Disconnect the hose and drain the Vw hydraulic fluid.
Flush the old Vw hydraulic fluid out of the Vw steering rack and pinion. Turn the steering wheel full lock side to side about 10 times. This sequence pushes the Vw hydraulic fluid out of the steering rack and into the fluid reservoir in order for it to drain out.
Some models have a sleeve type filter screen inserted in the fill hole of the Vw hydraulic fluid reservoir. If it has the filter, remove it and clean it. Clean out the sediment that also exists on the bottom of the Vw hydraulic fluid reservoir.
Reinstall the Vw hydraulic fluid hose removed in step (2) and fill the reservoir with G002000 Vw hydraulic fluid.
Start the engine and let the car run for 10 seconds at a idle. Important! Do not rev the engine up. Revving the engine could cause hydraulic pump damage.
Refill the Vw hydraulic fluid reservoir again with G002000 hydraulic steering fluid.
Start the engine and let the car run at a idle turn the steering wheel full lock about 10 times from side to side.
Turn the engine off and top off the VW hydraulic fluid in the reservoir.