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Signs You Need to Change Your Power-steering Fluid

Signs You Need to Change Your Power-steering Fluid

Every vehicle’s engine needs several fluids in order to operate at its optimum efficiency. Think of the engine’s fluids as its blood supply. We all know about oil as an essential component of an engine. However, not all of us know about the importance of power-steering fluid. Power-steering hydraulic fluid is essential for your safety and helps to power the steering in modern vehicles. 


We’ve all faced issues with our vehicle’s power steering at some point. Have you noticed that your power steering has become too stiff or too loose? This may be a sign that you need to change the car’s power-steering fluid. Let us tell you more about the other signs and get an expert consultation at Laird Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC today!


Contaminated or Dirty Fluid

Power-steering fluid can get contaminated and dirty over time. When the fluid becomes dark over time, it can smell burnt. In this case, the fluid is no longer adequate and needs to be changed, as it’ll create problems with your power steering. You may have a case where you’ll find particles in the fluid. This isn’t a good sign for your engine, as sludge and dirt may have moved into the pump. The power-steering fluid should always be a bright red colour. 


Uncomfortable Steering

When the steering feels a bit ‘off’ to you, it may be time for a power-steering fluid change. It could be that your steering may have become a bit more challenging for comfort. Or you may feel that your steering response time could be a bit on the slow side. This is your vehicle telling you that it’s time for a power-steering fluid change or refill.


Difficult Steering

Another vital sign is when you can notice when steering has become difficult. This is a great safety concern as it’ll slow down your response times on the road if an unforeseen hazard or obstacle occurs. This could mean that the steering fluid has completely dried up. You’ll need to immediately seek the help of a professional who’ll assist you in making a refill. 


Contact the Experts at Laird Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC

Experts at Laird Wheaton Chevrolet Buick GMC recommend changing your vehicle’s power-steering fluid at least every 64,000 to 128,000 km or once every two years. However, each vehicle is used differently and also has dissimilar requirements. For example, if you take many long trips, you must change your power-steering fluid more often. It’s best to consult your vehicle’s user manual to determine when you should change your power-steering fluid. 


We invite you to bring in your vehicle for a checkup by our experts to get the low-down on what your vehicle needs to continue running smoothly and safely towards your next holiday destination in British Columbia.

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