Replacing the power steering fluid in your car can preserve the life of the power steering pump and save money on repairs. Manufacturers typically recommend changing the power steering fluid every 3 years or 50,000 miles.
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Things you need
- Fluid removal tool
- Plastic container for disposing of old fluid
- Fresh power steering fluid
Remove the filler cap from the steering-fluid reservoir, which should be clearly labelled on the cap.
Siphon out the old fluid using a fluid removal tool, which resembles a large syringe, and is available at auto parts stores.
Dispose of the old fluid safely, and in accordance with laws for hazardous materials. Don't pour the fluid on the ground or into a rubbish bin. Instead, use an old plastic milk jug.
Refill the power steering fluid reservoir with fresh fluid to the recommended level on the dipstick attached to the cap.
Test the vehicle's power steering while running the engine, and turning the wheel left and right, while the vehicle is parked. If the wheel turns freely, with no noise, the fluid level is correct.
Tips and warnings
- Do not attempt to operate the vehicle if the power steering fluid reservoir is empty.
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