March 18, 2011I was told by a dealer and some other people that you should flush your power steering fluid every so often to get new fluid in there. In my opinion this seems like a waste becuase all it does is give the pump lubrication and to me I cant see how it could get very dirty. I guess after several hundred thousand miles maybe but at 42,000 the dealer said my fluid looked dirty and reccomended a flush. I declined seeing that it cant be that bad but maybe I am missing something here and am neglecting this. Any input would be great is there a benefit to put in fresh fluid I have had cars and trucks with original fluid and pumps and they are fine but again I am not an expert full time mechanic. Thanks!
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March 18, 2011at 42,000 miles, they are trying to take your money. most power steering fluid is dot 3 brake fluid, but not all. add 50,000 miles on and i probably would flush it. it is good to do, but its something thats cheap and easy to do yourself if you have something to siphon out the old fluid. but ALOT of vehicles go their whole life with their original power steering fluid. than again ive seen some going 10-15k miles between oil changes....
what i would suggest, is spend the $3-8 for a bottle of power steering fluid, so you can see what it looks like new, and pull your dipstick out for your power steering fluid and see if you can notice discoloration, grime, and such. but my gut instinct is to say you did the right thing by saying no.
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March 18, 2011thats kinda what i figured maybe at 100k i woulda thought about it but definitely not worth the 90.00 they wanted anyway i will do it myself for 10.00 cost of fluid...thanks for the advice
March 19, 2011I have always heard that power steering fluid is more like transmission fluid and not brake fluid. But you should always buy the correct power steering fluid for your vehicle!
March 20, 2011If the fluid gets old, it`ll cause more wear on the pump. Would you rather buy $4 worth of fluid and a $1 turkey baster or a $100 pump down the road? Good routine maintenance is cheaper than neglect. At 50k miles, it wouldn`t hurt to spend the 10 mins sucking out what`s in the reservoir and topping it off.
Just look at the fluid on a white paper towel. Is it clear or does it have some browning?
March 20, 2011That is a good point, I never thought much about it wearing out the pump and the time involved in that repair versus sucking fluid out and filling it. It is one of those things you rarely see in a maintanence check list which is probably why it gets forgetten.