If you look at your engine you will see several different tanks for fluids, your engine has lots of different essential’s fluids because, like our bodies, we need to be hydrated for our bodies to operate properly. When you open your hood and you should see the power steering fluid reservoir installed at the power steering pump

Knowing when you need to change your power steering fluid might befuddle you because no one really tells you when you are supposed to change it. Most drivers are on top of oil changes and tire rotations, if this is you, you might not have given much thought to this aspect of your automotive maintenance.

So how long does it list?

This is one thing that many auto professionals don’t entirely agree on is how frequently power steering fluid should be flushed. The service should be done about every two years, we, at Stamey Performance, recommend that this service should be done about every 75,000 to 100,000 miles. We also suggest you flush your power steering fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Depending on your vehicle’s age and performance, talk to your mechanic about his or her recommendations for a flush.

What are signs I need to change my fluid?

Have you ever tried to turn a steering wheel that feels like it is 100lbs? This is a pretty good indication that you might need to have your fluid changed. Or if you hear a moaning or growling-type sound as you turn, it could be an indication that the fluid level is low. Here are some other items that indicate that you should have your steering fluid changed:

  • Noisy steering: If you need to turn up your radio every time you make a turn, especially when you are moving slowly, like trying to get out of the parking lot, it is time to check the fluid level in the power steering reservoir.
  • Jumpy power steering: If your power steering fluids are low or needing you will feel your steering wheel feel jerky when you are trying to turn smoothly.
  • Hard to turn the steering wheel: When your system starts losing fluid, they don’t work efficiently. It won’t take long for you to start feeling the difference on the steering wheel end, making it much harder to turn the wheel than it normally should be.
  • Screeching steering: If cats are screeching under your hood when you turn the steering wheel, you may need to check your power steering fluid.
  • Puddle under the vehicle: If you notice a puddle under the vehicle in your usual parking spot, it could be power steering fluid. Although any number of liquids might be the culprit, power steering fluid is a prime candidate.

If you have more questions about when you should change out your power steering fluid or about cost of having it changed, give us a call Walkers Automotive, we are here to help you with all your automotive needs!