How to Add Power Steering Fluid in a 2000 Golf TDI

Updated March 23, 2017

The 2000 Volkswagen Golf belonged to the fourth generation of the vehicle, produced from mid-1999 to mid-2006. The TDI diesel model sported an in-line four-cylinder 1.9-litre engine producing 90hp. The 2000 Golf TDI requires a specific power steering fluid, Pentosin 11S. Maintaining a sufficient level of power steering fluid is important to the proper performance of the vehicle's power steering. You can add power steering fluid to your Golf TDI yourself in a relatively short amount of time.

Start your vehicle’s engine and place the transmission in park (or neutral with parking brake engaged if your vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission).

Open the bonnet of your vehicle and locate the green cap that covers the power steering pump, located on the passenger side of the engine compartment, between the windshield washer and coolant reservoirs.

Use a flathead screwdriver to turn the green cap counterclockwise for removal.

Check the dipstick reading on the green power steering reservoir cap. The dipstick will have lines indicating full levels for “HOT” and “COLD.” If you have been driving your vehicle for some distance prior to the fluid check, rely on the “HOT” indicator mark on the dipstick when filling the reservoir.

Place the spout of the funnel inside the power steering fluid reservoir and add a small amount of fluid at a time. Replace and remove the cap periodically to check the fluid level as it relates to the appropriate “HOT” or COLD” mark you are going by.

Use a cotton rag to wipe off the dipstick before checking the fluid level. Once reaching the appropriate fluid level, hand-tighten the cap back onto the reservoir and finish the tightening process with your flathead screwdriver (do not over-tighten the cap with the screwdriver, as damage to the plastic cap will occur).

Things You'll Need

  • Large flathead screwdriver
  • Cotton rag
  • Funnel
  • 1 litre of Pentosin 11S hydraulic fluid
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In the spring of 2008, Blaze Johnson decided to share his expertise through writing. He studied business administration at a local community college and runs his own driveway mechanic service, specializing in computer-controlled vehicles and custom car audio installs. Johnson also serves as the de facto computer repair person for his family, friends and coworkers.