How to Maintain Power-Steering Fluid Levels in a Ford Focus

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Since being introduced in 2000, the Ford Focus has gained fame and popularity as a "world car" with the same model and features in all markets worldwide. While a second generation has come to Europe, however, the Focus remains without a major overhaul in the U.S, so all cars from 2000 to today will look roughly the same under the hood for basic at-home maintenance procedures like checking fluid levels.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ford-approved power-steering fluid

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Park the car on a level surface before checking fluid levels to avoid an incorrect reading. Take note of whether the engine is warm or cool, since that will change the fluid level as well.

  2. 2

    Locate the power-steering fluid reservoir next to the engine. It should be clearly labeled. Check the markings on the reservoir to make sure that the fluid is above the low level mark for the current engine heat.

  3. 3

    Add fluid by removing the cap and adding fluid slowly. Because the reservoir is small, the fluid will fill quickly, and you want to avoid filling the reservoir over the maximum level.

  4. 4

    Check the reservoir itself and the connective components like hoses and clamps to make sure nothing is cracked, broken or loose. Specifically check for hidden leaks if you are having to refill the power-steering fluid regularly.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the power-steering fluid level in your Ford Focus ever 15,000 miles, or sooner if you have steering trouble or notice a leak under the hood. You can check all of your fluids at the same time, including coolant, transmission fluid and brake fluid.
  • Use caution when adding fluid so that no foreign objects or debris make their way into the power-steering fluid reservoir, where they can cause severe damage to your steering system.

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