Power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid that runs through your power steering system if your vehicle has a hydraulic steering system. In other words, this fluid allows you to seamlessly turn your vehicle. The fluid is pressurized and then carried to a power steering gearbox, or rack and pinion, to make your steering wheel loose enough to turn left or right.
The fluid is typically pink or red, and it is intended to handle high pressures. Much like brake fluid, it is weak to oxygen and moisture. And similar to most other fluids, the power steering fluid can get contaminated over time with rubber and metal fragments. This contamination can be a major concern as it can increase wear and tear and lead to the failure of the components that it runs through, like the power steering pump and gearbox. Furthermore, it can cause your steering wheel to stiffen up and bring about dangerous conditions.
Draining the fluid and replacing it with new fluid may seem easier said than done. However, this type of job should be left to the qualified professionals at Springdale Automotive. We are very careful with fluid exchanges and make sure no harmful contaminants hang around inside the system. Our auto repair shop will utilize air pressure and cleansing solutions to make sure that the entire system is drained before adding new power steering fluid.
When Do You Need a Power Steering Flush?
- Your automaker recommends the service at a certain interval.
- You notice low power steering fluid or a fluid leak.
- The fluid looks dark or dirty.
- Your steering wheel is hard to turn.
- Your steering wheel is noisy (i.e. moaning, whining, or groaning)
Let our professional team take care of your fluid services, including power steering fluid exchanges. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safer on the road. If you are looking for quality and reliable power steering services, please call or visit Springdale Automotive today.