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Should You Change Power Steering Fluid?

Power steering fluid is the hydraulic fluid in your vehicle’s steering system that makes turning the wheel of your car an easy task to manage. Otherwise, steering your vehicle would take all your energy and distract you from what is happening on the road. While most people neglect their power steering system maintenance, it is crucial for you to change your power steering fluid periodically. 

Why Is It Necessary?

Power steering fluid changes and flushes are often overlooked because they aren’t done as often as other fluid changes like oil changes and brake fluid flush. As long as your steering patterns are acceptable, it is safe to assume that your power steering fluid is sufficient.

However, a stiff steering wheel is a tell-tale sign of something wrong with your power steering system. In most cases, it means that the fluid has gone bad or is leaking. In either case, it is hazardous for you to drive in such conditions. Even if you don’t have to replace your power steering fluid as often as others, you must check your power steering fluid condition and levels by looking at the reservoir under the hood. 

Should I Change My Car’s Power Steering Fluid?

Besides a rigid steering wheel, you should consider changing the power steering fluid if you notice the following signs:

  • Darkening, bubbling, or other signs of contamination with steering fluid
  • Noisy steering
  • Leaky fluid 

A power steering service can significantly improve the quality and safety of your vehicle. At Small World Auto Repair, we can assist you with all your automotive needs and refer to your owner’s manual to always get the job done right. 

If your car, SUV, or truck requires a power steering fluid flush, we welcome you to our auto repair shop in Eugene, OR, today!

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