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Do I Need a Power Steering Flush?

There are many different fluids you need to swap out on a regular basis—oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and radiator fluid. One of those that regularly gets lost in the shuffle is a powering steering fluid flush. Not sure that a power steering flush is really necessary? Learn more about why this part of your maintenance schedule should never be skipped. The Basics of Power Steering Your power steering system works by using the principles of hydraulics. In a typical power steering system, your engine pumps power steering fluid from its reservoir into the steering box using a belt and pulley. When you turn your steering wheel to drive, the power steering fluid is put under pressure and then pushed into a piston that helps to move the steering wheel. Once you stop turning the steering wheel, the valve will shut off and stop the flow of oil and the piston. Even if the power steering system fails, you can still use the steering wheel to turn your car. However, it will be much more difficult to do without the help of the fluid. Fluid Breaks Down Over Time Any vehicle that uses a hydraulic power-steering system utilizes power steering fluid. This fluid works with your power steering pump to make it easier to move the steering wheel, have the car respond properly and drive with ease. Even if you use a high-quality power steering fluid, it will degrade in quality over time. As you drive your vehicle, the power steering fluid will slowly accumulate rubber and metal particles. Repeated circulation of contaminated fluid will lead to greater wear on your gears and pumps. Should You Replace Your Power Steering Fluid? Some of the key signs that it’s time to replace your power steering fluid include: Your power steering is […]

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