We have a 2001 VW Golf w/100K+ miles and the power steering fluid’s leaking. Mechanic says a new rack/pinion and steering gear is needed. The estimate is $1K which troubles us because of the market value of the car isn’t great. So, in the meantime, I tried “Lucas Stop Leak” and it seems to work (when the fluid was completely empty, it was making that loud screeching noise). Seeing that this is a 2nd “back-up” car, my questions are these:
Is it a bad idea to use Lucas (topping it off w/VW-approved steering fluid)? We rather donate the car than than to pay for the repairs. Some internet searches indicate that a lot of people drive around with a bottle of Lucas in their trunk. That is, that they avoid the repairs by using Lucas
Is it dangerous to drive the car? I notice the alignment is off and that re-alignment is part of the repair job. Can I have the re-alignment done?
Any thoughts/suggestions are greatly appreciated.