Power Steering Fluid: How to Know when it's Time to Change It

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid is a very important component of our vehicle. There is a special hydraulic-controlled system in our vehicle that works with this fluid to complete the steering process. When you turn your steering wheel with ease, this is thanks to your steering fluid. This is just one of the fluid levels that you should be monitoring over the lifetime of your vehicle. Over time, you shouldn’t notice too much of a drop in fluid levels. If you are noticing a steady decrease in fluid, you may very well have a leak that needs to be serviced. Here are some other signs to look out for if you want to know when it is time to change your power steering fluid, or add more fluid.

The Quality of your Power Steering Fluid

You may be familiar with checking the quality of your motor oil when you are checking its levels. The same goes for your power steering fluid. You should be doing a quick check every thirty days. A very dark and dirty looking power steering fluid signals that there is a problem. The fluid should be very clean and clear if it is normal.

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid

What’s That Noise Coming From Under the Hood?

When you are making a turn and your steering wheel is being manipulated, you may notice that there is a sound that comes and goes only when your steering wheel is engaged. This could indicate that your power steering levels are low. It could also mean that it is time for a complete changeover.

Difficulties with Steering

When you turn your steering wheel, this process should be easy to accomplish. If you are really struggling to turn that wheel, there could be a bigger problem going on. This will usually occur most often when you are driving at lower speeds.

Pooling of Liquids Under the Car

When you move your vehicle out of its spot after being parked for awhile, you may notice that you have a pooling of liquid underneath your vehicle. This isn’t necessarily power steering fluid. It could be oil or transmission fluid. Regardless of what you think the issue could be, have your vehicle checked out as soon as you can.

At Peoria Ford we can quickly assess your power steering fluid to see if it needs replacement or if it needs to be topped off. A leak isn’t something that should be neglected. If you suspect that there is a problem, have it addressed right away. This could affect the ability to steer your vehicle. This is a major safety concern. Give us a call, or stop down today!

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