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Hey Guys,

My steering has become stiff all of a sudden currently have about 44k miles on the car, first time this ever happened.

Does anyone know where the power steering fluid tank is located on the car? I can't seem to find it in the front or in the engine side either.

Any tips on how to fix stiff steering is appreciated.
 

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dang so there is no cheap alternative to this issue? I'll have to get the EPS part entirely replaced? How does power steering does not require power steering fluid?
It’s electric, like all modern cars these days. Here’s a few used ones cheaper….

 

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Isn't the original thread title is about "2016 Prime power steering"?
Is it gas engine or electric? If it is 2016 gas, then it is a 453, not 451.
Are you sure 451 power steering parts can be used on a 453?
 

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If the steering fluid level is too low, the power steering may fail. Youwillthenneedtouseconsiderablymoreforcetosteer. Thereisariskofanaccident. Stopthevehicleimmediately,payingattentiontoroadand trafficconditions,andsecurethevehicleusingtheparking brake.Checkwhetheryouareabletoapplytheextraforce requiredtosteer. Havethepowersteeringcheckedandrepairedimmediatelyata qualifiedspecialistworkshop. Ifyouareabletosteersafely,driveoncarefullytoaqualified specialistworkshop. Ifyouarenotabletosteersafely,donotcontinuedriving. Contactaqualifiedspecialistworkshop.

That didnt paste well, but you get the idea.
 

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Ifthesteeringfluidlevelistoolow,thepowersteeringmayfail. Youwillthenneedtouseconsiderablymoreforcetosteer. Thereisariskofanaccident. Stopthevehicleimmediately,payingattentiontoroadand trafficconditions,andsecurethevehicleusingtheparking brake.Checkwhetheryouareabletoapplytheextraforce requiredtosteer. Havethepowersteeringcheckedandrepairedimmediatelyata qualifiedspecialistworkshop. RIfyouareabletosteersafely,driveoncarefullytoaqualified specialistworkshop. RIfyouarenotabletosteersafely,donotcontinuedriving. Contactaqualifiedspecialistworkshop.

That didnt paste well, but you get the idea.
Nothing there, about fluid. On a 453, There is no power steering pump hoses belts etc. the engines in the rear. Majority of modern vehicles used electric power steering racks. The 451 uses one, as a option.

I don’t see a electric power steering rack listed in MB parts. For the smart car 453.
 

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Look at this picture: Smart OE - Smart Car Fortwo 2016 Steering Gear & Linkage
They appear to be using a similar design. I.e. with an electric motor on top of the steering gear
Keep in mind that 2016 Electric Drive Smart is a 451 and 2016 Gas Smart is a 453 and there are 2 different part numbers for the assembly.
And, since 453 is wider than 451, is it possible that only the "rod length" are different? (Sorry, don't know the name for the rods that extends out on either side)
I am pretty sure my 2016 Smart has some kind of power-assist steering (turning the steering wheel when parking can't be THAT light without some power assist)
Just my $0.02.
 
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