National average cost of a Power Steering Fluid Change for popular vehicles:
What is a power steering fluid change and how is it done?
Most vehicles on the road today are equipped with some form of power-assisted steering. Without power steering, the sheer weight of your car, truck, or SUV would make it very difficult to turn the steering wheel. That is especially true when your vehicle is standing still, or when you are parking. Although the automotive industry is beginning to see many late-model vehicles that feature electric-assist power steering systems, still the majority rely on hydraulic power. The oil in these hydraulic systems, known simply as power steering fluid, is used to transfer power in order to assist the driver in turning the steering wheel with ease. It also serves to lubricate and cool the system. A power steering fluid change is a service aimed at emptying out all of the old power steering fluid and replacing it with new as part of routine vehicle maintenance.
How do I know if my vehicle needs a power steering fluid change?
The power steering fluid is often considered a routine maintenance item, like air filters and engine oil. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing the fluid periodically. When that is the case, the first sign that your car, truck, or SUV needs a power steering fluid change is the interval listed in your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. Other signs of problems with your hydraulic power steering system that might indicate the need for a power steering fluid change or flush include
A whining, growling, or loud humming noise coming from under the hood that gets louder when you turn the steering wheel
Your steering wheel is abnormally difficult to turn
The steering wheel feels shaky or jerky when turning
You notice metallic or rubber particles suspended in the power steering fluid inside the reservoir
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