How Often Should You Replace Power Steering Fluid?
When it comes to your car’s vital fluids, that which is in your power steering pump is probably the most overlooked. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important and doesn’t need to be considered when assessing the needs of your vehicle and keeping it happy and healthy.
To be honest, changing your power steering fluid may not always be a high priority on your mechanic’s checklist when he services your car, either. But it does need to be done every so often to make sure that your car is operating at peak efficiency.
Power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid that transmits the power in your steering system. Keeping it fresh allows the power steering rack to operate correctly. You should check your owner’s manual for service recommendation, and follow their guidelines.
Over time, the seals and O-rings in your power steering system can break down, and your fluid can become cloudy from dirt and debris. This makes your power steering pump work harder to pump not just the fluid, but anything else suspended in it. Working harder than it needs to can shorten its lifespan, leading to costly repair bills before they are necessary.
You can also check your own fluid. Doing so in between service appointments can help keep your power steering system healthy. When inspecting under the hood, make sure that your fluid is at its proper level. Have the proper power steering fluid type on hand for quick refills, and check the reservoir for leaks.
Although a healthy power steering system may be the last thing on your mind when searching for your new ride at your local used car dealer in Sacramento CA, it is important. Always have your mechanic evaluate any new car before you buy it.
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