We are a team of ASE certified mechanics that have created this guide to help
you save money while doing the job yourself, or at least see what you are paying
for when having the job done at a shop. Some vehicles are designed with a hydraulic
steering assist system which depends
on hydraulic fluid to build pressure and help turn the front wheels. In this guide
we will show you the correct way of checking and adding power steering fluid.
What Goes Wrong?
A power steering system operates under pressure which can cause steering hoses,
pump, rack and pinion or box to leak or seep which can cause the system to run low
and make noise or stop working.
What's the Cost?
This is a very easy procedure and most repair shops will perform this check for
free in most cases.
Let's Jump In!
To check and add fluid to a power steering system you must first find the
fluid reservoir which is under the hood attached to the steering pump, bolted
to the engine front, or on a fender well. If exact locations or procedures are
needed you can ask our experts to supply you with
the information (free), or consult an online resource such as AllData DIY (pay)
but this guide and video will be sufficient in most cases, we will show you
several instants so you get the idea. Here is the location on a Acura which
is on the passengers side fender well, more examples below.
Here is a steering reservoir on an Chevy Suburban which is located on the lower
drivers side of the engine.
This example shows the location for a Mercedes Benz, which is on the passenger
side of the engine, near the top, if you look for the steering pump you will
find the fluid reservoir.
Checking the fluid level: Start the engine until warm, then shut the engine
off. Some reservoirs have a see-through container that tells you where the fluid
should be as in this example, these kinds of reservoirs do not have a fluid
dipstick. You must add fluid until it's between the lines of the reservoir as
in the image below.
Remove the reservoir cap and insert a fluid funnel, add fluid while watching
the level line on the reservoir.
Watch the Video!
Please watch this video of the job being done, then continue down the guide
to glean additional helpful information.
Continue to add until the fluid level is in-between the fluid level lines,
reinstall the reservoir cap and wipe up any excess fluid using a shop towel.
Here is a reservoir type that unitizes a dip stick which is under the cap.
This type is added too just like the see-through reservoir except you will need
to add in increments, checking the fluid level as you go and continue until
Here is what the fluid should look like when full on the dipstick.
Our certified technicians are ready to answer steering
fluid questions for free. We hope you saved money and learned from this guide.
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