Does your car make a whining or groaning noise when you are turning? If so, you could be getting a warning sign that your power steering system is getting old and may need repair. The first step is to check the power steering fluid to make sure it is full. The power steering fluid reservoir is typically located in the engine compartment and is labeled “steering” or something similar. The container is typically opaque and can be wiped off and read from the side. If not, remove the cap and there will be a measuring stick inside the cap. It is best to check the power steering fluid level when the engine is cold. Take care not to get grit into the fluid as this may lead to internal wear in your power steering system which typically consists of the steering rack, power steering pump, steering gear, and rotary valve.
If the fluid is low, the system should be checked for leaks. Repair any leaks and do a power steering fluid flush to see if this cures the problem. Power steering flushes typically cost around $80 and should include new power steering fluid and possibly a conditioner to enhance performance.
Power steering fluid is not typically recommended at any specific service interval for most cars, unlike most other fluids such as oil, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. The fluid level and color should be checked at every oil change. Power steering fluid is hydraulic oil and should be translucent. If it is dirty and/or opaque, it should be changed.
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