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How to Change Power Steering Fluid

Change power steering fluid quickly and easily and save the $55 shop charge. Simply siphon out the old and add fresh fluid.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Change power steering fluid

There aren’t any test strips for power steering fluid, so you’ll have to rely on the manufacturer’s service recommendations or general rule-of-thumb (two years or 24,000 miles). Use the turkey baster method to remove the old power steering fluid. Suck out all the fluid (engine off) as shown. Then refill the reservoir with fresh fluid. Start the engine and let it run for about 15 seconds. Repeat the fluid swap procedure until you’ve used up the full quart.

Note: Never substitute a “universal” power steering fluid for the recommended type, and never add “miracle” additives or stop-leak products. They can clog the fine mesh filter screens in your steering system and cause expensive failures.

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December 16, 11:33 AM [GMT -5]

What do you do with the used fluid?

What is with the first comment on jacking up the car to speed things up? It would be more helpful if they explain things in more detail. The instruction does not call for jacking up. Please clarify!

June 27, 7:34 PM [GMT -5]

I used this method, and it works, just requires a lot of time though. Jack up the car, it would be easier to turn wheels..

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