Is It Time To Add Power Steering Fluid?

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid

Your vehicle relies on a lot of fluids to keep its components lubricated and running smoothly. Just like your engine needs oil, your power steering system needs power steering fluid to properly function. When your power steering fluid is at the right levels and functioning properly, you'll be able to smoothly turn your wheel and you won't notice any pesky noises or screeching sounds coming from the wheel. Make no mistake, low power steering fluid or very old and worn out fluid can definitely cause havoc on your ability to steer your vehicle. This can result in convenience issues such as difficulty with steering. If it gets bad enough, you may not be able to turn your wheel at all, and this is when it gets very dangerous.

Is It Time To Add Power Steering Fluid?

Unlike things like routine oil changes, power steering fluid changes aren't listed in most manufacturer's lists of maintenance checks. Don't neglect this portion of maintenance, though! The fact is that after a certain mileage amount, you should check your power steering fluid levels every month or two. Some folks wait longer, some do it much more regularly, and some simply trust a certified mechanic to be up front about whether or not they need a power steering fluid change. Generally, power steering fluid will let you know pretty clearly when it needs to be changed, and that's one of the reasons that some folks don't keep up with it as much. Remember, though, that O-rings and seals can sometimes cause a power steering leak, and so leaving it up to fate to decide isn't always a good idea.

When to Replace Power Steering Fluid

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid
  • Loud noises while steering: If you hear noises while you're steering, something is definitely wrong. Steering is supposed to be smooth and effortless. There should be no noises when turning your wheel, no matter what model of vehicle you have. If you're hearing those loud, screeching noises, check your power steering fluid! It might be time to bring it into one of our certified mechanics.
  • Tight Wheel, Trouble Turning: When you have enough power steering fluid, your wheel is going to turn easily. You won't even notice that you're "steering" in the traditional sense of the word. You're just controlling your car. When the power steering fluid needs replaced, your steering can become jerky, tight, or even impossible altogether. If you can't turn your wheel at all, chances are that you're low on power steering fluid or need to have your fluid flushed and then replaced.
  • Leaks under the car: Be aware that any leaking fluid could come from a variety of sources - oil pan, transmission fluid, or something else - but often it's going to be a power steering fluid leak. Leaks are always a sign of trouble. It means that a vital component of your vehicle isn't getting the lubrication it needs to function properly, and this can cause a host of problems for your vehicle and you.

If you notice any of these signs, it's time to schedule an appointment with a certified mechanic at our dealership!

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Call Us For Power Steering Fluid Questions

If you suspect that you have a power steering fluid issue, it's time to give us a call and discuss it. We can schedule an appointment for you at our full service center, answer any of your questions, or simply discuss power steering systems with you. We love to talk cars. Give us a call today to learn more about power steering issues.

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