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Power Steering Fluid Replacement

Power steering fluid replacement is the process of draining the old power steering fluid from the power steering system and replacing it with fresh fluid. Power steering fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid that helps to transfer power from the steering wheel to the steering rack or gearbox, making it easier to turn the wheels of the vehicle.

Over time, dirt, debris and other impurities can find their way into the power steering fluid, leading to long-term damage of the system. High temperatures and friction will also accelerate deterioration of the fluid; both resulting in a decrease in performance with potential catastrophic consequences for your car's steering system.

To prevent any issues, it is best to regularly change the power steering fluid. The ideal time frame can be determined by your car's manufacturer instructions, the state of your vehicle and how often you drive it. Generally, experts advise replacing this vital component every 30,000-60,000 miles or between 2-3 years intervals.

 

How to replace the power steering fluid? 

To replace the power steering fluid, the old liquid is first drained from the system. The hoses, pump and reservoir are then examined for signs of leakage or destruction. After that fresh fluid is added to replenish what was removed before; this process will eradicate any potential contaminants left in the apparatus. Lastly, a test run ensures that everything is functioning as it should be!

 

How do you know if your steering fluid is bad?

The following are some telltale signs that your power steering fluid needs to be replaced:

Hard Steering Wheel: If your steering wheel feels too rigid or is difficult to turn, then it could be due to power steering fluid that's either low on levels or not properly lubricated.

Whining Sound: If a whining or squealing sound is heard when you drive your vehicle, it likely signifies that the power steering fluid is low or the pump has been detrimentally impacted. To avoid further damage, inspect and refill the fluid as soon as possible.

Discolored Fluid: If the power steering fluid looks foamy or has a creamy hue, this could mean that either water or air have seeped into the system. This can eventually lead to deterioration of the liquid, consequently diminishing its efficacy.

Leaking Power Steering Fluid: Power steering fluid leaks are not only unsightly; they can also drastically reduce your vehicle's power steering performance. If you spot puddles or droplets of the reddish-brown liquid under your car, it is likely a sign that there could be an issue with the system and should be checked as soon as possible to maintain optimal driving conditions.

Burning Smell: Have you noticed an unpleasant burning smell emanating from your engine bay? If so, it could be caused by power steering fluid that has grown excessively hot and is dissipating.

If you detect any of the aforementioned symptoms, it is essential to take your vehicle in for a power steering system inspection by a qualified mechanic. They can identify the problem and offer suitable advice, which could involve replacing or refilling the power steering fluid.  It’s worth taking action now to avoid potential risks later!

 

What happens if I drive on low power steering fluid?

Driving with inadequate power steering fluid is both dangerous and hazardous to your car's power steering system. If you don't take the proper precautions, here are some of the potential consequences:

Poor steering control: If your power steering fluid level is too low, you might notice the wheel becoming increasingly tight and hard to turn, particularly at a slower speed. To ensure optimum performance of your vehicle's steering system it's important that you keep the power-steering fluid well lubricated and pressurized.

Damage to the steering pump: When the power steering pump doesn't have enough fluid to lubricate its components, it can cause extensive damage that might cost a lot of money to fix.

Leaks: If your power steering fluid is running low, you could be at risk of developing dangerous leaks in the system. These can worsen over time and may eventually lead to a total lack of power steering capacity.

Unchecked wear and tear: With insufficient lubrication, the power steering system will suffer from accelerated deterioration. This can lead to early breakdown of its parts, resulting in pricey repairs.

Safety Risks: With difficult steering, you may be putting yourself in danger as it can make it harder to control your vehicle. It increases the likelihood of an accident or makes avoiding a collision almost impossible - meaning greater risks on the road!

In conclusion, it is essential to retain adequate levels of power steering fluid in your car for secure and dependable driving. If the amount of this liquid falls below satisfactory levels, get a professional mechanic to inspect as soon as possible before more serious issues arise from an inadequate level of power steering fluid.

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