How to Change Power Steering Fluid

Updated: Dec. 10, 2018

Change power steering fluid quickly and easily

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

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How to change power steering fluid

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Siphon out old power steering fluid

This photo shows you where to put power steering fluid. Siphon the old fluid from the reservoir and refill with new fluid.

There aren’t any test strips to determine when to change 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 dirty power steering 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.

Required Tools for this How to Change Power Steering Fluid Project

You’ll need a baster for a siphon.