How Do You Know When You Need Power Steering Fluid?

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid

When your vehicle is low on power steering fluid, there are a number of signs that will present themselves. Know what these signs are will provide you with the alert needed to get your vehicle serviced. If you have experienced any of the following issues, now is the time to stop down to Surprise Ford. Our service center can check your power steering fluid levels. We will show you how you can add power steering fluid to your vehicle when this happens.

How Does Power Steering Work?

Your power steering system utilizes hydraulics to make your vehicle turn. Power steering fluid is used within a power-assisted steering system. The engine will pump power steering fluid to the steering box. When you physically move your wheel, this will result in this pressurized fluid to push and pull your wheel. If the system fails or you are low on fluid, this can result in the inability to steer your vehicle.

Symptoms of Issues with your Power Steering Fluid Levels

What Do the Noises Mean?

Knowing When To Change Your Power Steering Fluid

When your vehicle is in use, you may notice that your vehicle is making a lot of noise when you turn the steering wheel. This will increase when your vehicle slows down in a parking lot, around tight corners, etc.

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A Jerk in your Steering

When your vehicle would normally be maneuvering smoothly from side to side, your power steering levels being low can result in your steering feeling very jerky. This will occur when you turn your wheel smoothly from one side to the other. This is another issue that will occur when your vehicle is moving slowly.

Why Is Liquid Pooling Under My Vehicle?

When your vehicle has been parked in the same spot for awhile, you may notice that there is a puddle of fluid under your vehicle when you finally move it. There could be a leak in your power steering fluid reservoir. This could be another liquid that is coming from another area of your vehicle, but any liquid pooling under your vehicle should be looked at.

Just like your motor oil, windshield wiper fluid or transmission fluid, your power steering fluid should be checked periodically. This can be done as part of your routine oil change if you bring your vehicle in to our location regularly. The fluid should also be drained and replaced every 60,000 miles. If your vehicle is functioning normally, you will notice that your fluid level always remains the same. If levels are decreasing regularly, there is a problem going on that needs to be addressed. Otherwise, this can lead to a dangerous accident occurring because of your vehicle not being able to turn as efficiently as it should.

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