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Old 01-20-2000, 06:50 PM
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I recently had a pre-purchase inspection performed on a 1986 2.3-16V. One of the outcomes was a note that said, "self-leveling system fluid reservoir empty". QUESTIONS: Does just filling the reservoir "re-activate" the system? Is the pump self-priming? How does one know/test to see that the system is indeed operational?

Thanks in advance for responses!

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Old 01-20-2000, 07:12 PM
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If reservoir was empty, there was a leak. Period.com. That goop doesn't evaporate at all, so I'd want to know where the fluid went.

In terms of testing the system, I would simply put a considerable amount of weight in the trunk (say, 4-5 bags of sand) and then drive the car a short bit...is the rear sagging at the end of the ride? 'Cuz it shouldn't be...


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Old 01-20-2000, 10:08 PM
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It did go somewhere. The pump and the accumulators should be tested. I replaced the accumulators on mine. What a difference it made!!

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