How to Check and Adjust Power Steering Fluid Levels

Power steering — we’ve all heard of it; we all use it, but we may not be sure of exactly what it is. Power steering is the mechanical and hydraulic system that allows your vehicle to turn easily. Before the invention of power steering, drivers would need to turn their vehicle’s wheels (via the steering wheel) without the help of a system that assists in the turning of the vehicle. This invention made cars and trucks more accessible for people who weren’t particularly strong, and it made heavier vehicles especially easier to maneuver.

One of the most essential parts of the power steering system is power steering fluid. It is the hydraulic fluid that helps in transmitting the power and assisting in the facilitation of easier turning. When this fluid gets low, gets burnt, or experiences some sort of additional issue, the power steering system will malfunction and require the driver to turn as if the vehicle did not have a power steering system in place. Maintaining this system is essential.

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So, what’s the best way to keep up with your power steering system fluid levels? Check them and adjust them. It’s easy! Follow this step-by-step guide to checking and adjusting these fluid levels:

  1. Warm Up Your Power Steering Fluid

In order to get an accurate read on the power steering level, you need to ensure that the fluid is warmed up. The best way to do this is by starting up your car, keeping it in idle and turning the steering wheel from stop to stop two to three times. Turn the engine off.

  1. Identify Your Power Steering Reservoir

The power steering reservoir is in a different location based upon the make and model of your vehicle. Look through your manual and identify the location under the hood of your car. When you find it, it should be labeled, indicating that is it, indeed, the power steering reservoir.

  1. Open the Tank and Check Your Fluid Level

Once you’ve opened the reservoir, you’ll find the dipstick connected to the cap. Wipe the dipstick down and re-enter it into the tank to get a more accurate reading of fluid level. Some tanks are made of clear plastic. For these, there’s no reason to open the tank up. You will be able to check the levels from outside via the indicator lines.

  1. Adjust Levels

If you find that your power steering levels are low, replenish it with new power steering fluid. It is important that you use the correct type of fluid. Power steering fluid varies from car-to-car, so refer to your owner’s manual to ensure you are using the correct fluid.

  1. Close Up You Tank and Go

Make sure to close screw the cap onto the tank tightly if you replenished fluid levels.

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