How to Tell when it's Time to Change Power Steering Fluid

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid

Chances are, you haven’t thought much about the need for changing your power steering fluid. Oil changes and tire rotations are all things people think about. Power steering fluid is often neglected. This is largely due to misinformation regarding how often power steering fluid should be changed. You should also consider the fact that certain products last longer than others. If you haven’t thought about servicing your power steering fluid until now, let’s take a closer look at some things you can look for which indicate it is time to change your power steering fluid.

Consult Your Owner’s Manual

The owner’s manual that came with your vehicle contains more valuable information than you are probably aware of. There is information that relates directly to your specific vehicle. You can find out how often you should perform an oil change. You can also find out the recommendations regarding power steering fluid changes. Make sure that the information you have read applies to your specific model. Your vehicle may have come with a very general manual that applies to all of the vehicles from that manufacturer.

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid

Inspect the Fluid Quality

You should follow the general rule of thumb that applies to motor oil when you are taking a look at your power steering fluid. If the fluid quality looks very dirty and old, then it probably is time to change everything over. Impurities that are inside of your power steering fluid can affect how your steering system works. You could also notice that there is noise coming from your steering column or from under your hood.

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Abnormal Movements

There is a pump within your power steering system. The power steering fluid is controlled by this pump and allows you to turn your wheel. If there is a need for changing your fluid, the wheel might feel like it is tugging to one side. You might also find that you have to use a lot more force than normal when trying to turn the wheel. Pay close attention to how your vehicle feels when you drive. If you learn the in’s and out’s and your vehicle, you will be able to notice when there is an issue.

Make sure that your vehicle is receiving routine maintenance on a regular basis. Here at Joe Myers Ford, we will inspect your power steering fluid along with a number of other routine maintenance items. If you suspect that there is an issue with your power steering fluid, stop down, or give us a call today!

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