Does your car have power steering? Do you know what power steering fluid is and why it needs to be replaced? Read on to find out everything you need to know about power steering fluid.
What is power steering fluid?
Power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps transfer the motion of the steering wheel to the wheels of the car, making it easier to steer. Over time, the power steering fluid can become contaminated with dirt and debris, which can make it less effective at lubricating the system. This can lead to problems with the power steering pump, hoses, and other components.
Why does the power steering fluid need to be replaced?
To keep your power steering system working properly, it's important to regularly replace the power steering fluid. Depending on your car, you may need to do this every 30,000 miles or so. Check your owner's manual for specific recommendations.
How to replace power steering fluid
If it's time to replace your power steering fluid, there are a few things you'll need:
- A funnel
- A clean container for old fluid
- New power steering fluid
- Gloves (optional)
To start, locate the power steering reservoir under the hood of your car. It will usually be marked with a symbol that looks like a steering wheel. Once you've found it, remove the cap and set it aside. Next, use the funnel to add new fluid to the reservoir until it reaches the "full" line. Be careful not to overfill it!
Now, start the car and turn the steering wheel from one side to the other a few times. This will help bleed air out of the system. Finally, check the fluid level again and add more if necessary. Replace the cap on the reservoir, and you're done!
Get Professionals To Help You
If you don't feel comfortable replacing the power steering fluid yourself, or if you're not sure how to do it, there's no shame in getting help from a professional. A qualified mechanic can check your power steering system and top off the fluid as needed. They can also flush the system and replace the fluid entirely if necessary. If you need a power steering fluid flush, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Dub's Garage today!