When Do I Change my Power Steering Fluid?

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid is needed to steer your vehicle where we need it to go. Without it, the steering wheel wouldn’t turn very easily. While checking this fluid isn’t something all service centers will address on a regular basis, we here at Westway Ford find it important to check your power steering fluid with each oil change.

In between checks, there may be some issues that present themselves. These issues could signal that you are low on power steering fluid. You could also have a leak that is causing problems. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that indicate you should be changing your power steering fluid soon, or should at least be topping off your fluid levels.

Issues with Fluid Quality

Some manufacturers recommend that you should be checking your power steering fluid levels every thirty days. The fluid itself should be clear and clean. Dark fluid indicates there is a problem with your vehicle. Don’t immediately assume you need your whole reservoir flushed out. We can take a closer look at your vehicle to see what needs to be done.

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid

Noise Problems

If you are turning your steering wheel at slow speeds and notice that there is a screeching sound occurring, there probably isn’t enough fluid in your power steering reservoir. There could also be a slow leak because of broken-down O-rings or seals.

Trouble Steering

You may notice that it is taking much more energy to turn your steering wheel. This problem is worse when driving at low speeds.

A slow leak of fluid underneath your vehicle can be a sign that your power steering reservoir has a problem going on. You should have your vehicle checked. This could be an issue with another area of your vehicle as well. A slow leak is never a good sign.

Here at Westway Ford, we recommend that your power steering fluid is completely changed out once every 60,000 miles. In between that time, we will top it off if needed. If you are noticing there is an ongoing loss of power steering fluid, there is probably a leak that needs to be addressed. Bring your vehicle into our Irving location for more information.

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