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I recently inherited a Clark C500-30 (Serial# 235-1050-3676) that needs a little work. I have never messed with a lift before. My first question is what type of hydraulic fluid is used? Second I noticed on the right side toward the rear of the lift is what appears to be a power steering/hydraulic pump of sorts, is this where the fluid goes? I noticed there is a large rubber hose that goes from it to what appears to be a tank built into the side of the lift. After taking off the cap to the pump, it appears to be almost empty. The lift steering operates sort of erratic, like it is low on fluid.
the power steering reservoir is on the back of the generator with a large cap on it. put power steering/ automatic trans fluid there. in the hyd tank you can use tractor fluid sold in 5 gallon bucket at most major auto parts stores, the engine oil goes in on the right side of unit towards the front of the engine and i believe the transmission and differential share fluid, there should be a dipstick on top of differential raise the mast to get a good view
if your power steering reservoir is almost empty you might have a steering lleak so when you refill the reservoir keep an eye out for fluid on the ground as unit is used or after being parked a while