Power steering fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid that is used to power the steering system in a vehicle.
The fluid is typically located in a reservoir under the hood, and it is pumped through the system by the power steering pump. As the fluid flows through the system, it helps to turn the wheels, making it easier to steer the vehicle. The power steering fluid also helps to lubricate the system and keep it running smoothly. Over time, the power steering fluid can become dirty and need to be replaced.
Power steering fluid can break down due to exposure to heat and other elements. As a result, it becomes less effective, leading to reduced steering response and increased wear on components. The rate at which power steering fluid breaks down depends on your specific driving conditions and needs. Leaks are a common issue, as seals and gaskets can degrade over time and allow fluid to escape. Fluid breaking down can also lose its ability to lubricate and protect system components.
- Sluggish or heavy steering
- Squealing noise when turning the wheel
- Unusual vibration when steering
- Leaking power steering fluid