Power Steering and Power Steering Fluid

Without power steering, driving your vehicle can be quite difficult, It may become almost impossible to steer. This can be a serious safety issue. You should check the power-steering fluid reservoir monthly to make sure it has the proper amount and that the power-steering system isn’t leaking. Reservoirs on many vehicles are the see-through plastic type, so you don’t even have to remove a cap to check the level.

Consult your owner’s manual for the location of the reservoir in the engine compartment for help. You also should check the manual for the type of power-steering fluid that is required. The manufacturer may call for a specific type of fluid instead of a generic type found at parts stores. Or just stop in at your local Pride Auto Care and one of trained technicians will check it for you…FREE.

The Power Steering System Part of Your Vehicle’s Preventive Maintenance

Power steering is something we all take for granted but it’s very important for safe driving. Your power steering had a hydraulic pump that transmits fluid to the steering system to assist you in turning your steering wheel easily. Without the power assistance system, it would be very difficult to turn your vehicle

Over time, the fluid breaks down due to heat, wear and contamination which can cause the rubber, nylon o-rings, seals and hoses to deteriorate and possibly begin to break.

How to tell if there is a problem with your steering system:

  1. Listen – For any noise while turning – sounds like groaning
  2. Feel how the steering wheel responds while driving. If it feels spongy, shimmies or feels jumpy your power steering pump could be failing.
  3. Look for leaks around the pump itself or directly below the power steering pump, under your vehicle—power steering fluid is generally clear but can be darkker colored if dirty. Some manufacturers have other colored fluids (i.e. red or green).

If you notice any of these problems, please call Pride Auto Care to make an appointment to make sure you and your family are safe in your car or truck.

The Serpentine Belt is also an important part of the Power Steering System and your vehicle’s preventive maintenance program. Check out your owner’s manual or our section on Preventive Maintenance for more tips on taking proactive car of your vehicle.