If your car is leaking power steering fluid, you may be wondering if you can just add more fluid to the reservoir. The answer is maybe. If the leak is small, you may be able to top off the fluid and stop the leak.
However, if the leak is large or if you don’t know where it’s coming from, it’s best to take your car to a mechanic. Adding too much fluid can cause damage to your car’s power steering system.
How to Check & Add Power Steering Fluid with Scotty Kilmer
- Lift the hood of your car and remove the power steering fluid reservoir cap
- Inspect the power steering fluid level and add more if needed to bring it up to the “full” line on the reservoir
- Pour in the new power steering fluid slowly so you don’t overflow the reservoir
- Replace the reservoir cap and close the hood of your car
Can I Mix Different Brands of Power Steering Fluid
Yes, you can mix different brands of power steering fluid, but it’s not recommended. Mixing different brands of fluid can cause compatibility issues that could lead to leaks or other problems with your power steering system. If you do mix fluids, be sure to flush the system thoroughly afterwards to avoid any potential problems.
What Happens If I Use the Wrong Type of Power Steering Fluid
If you use the wrong type of power steering fluid, it can cause damage to your power steering system. The wrong type of fluid can cause excessive wear on the pump and other components, and can also lead to leaks.
How Often Should I Change My Power Steering Fluid
Assuming you have a conventional car with hydraulic power steering, the rule of thumb is to change your power steering fluid every 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, some carmakers are now saying that power steering fluid can last the lifetime of the vehicle.
The main thing is to check your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.
And if you do plan on changing your power steering fluid yourself, be sure to use the correct type of fluid. Using the wrong type of fluid can damage your power steering system.
What are the Symptoms of Low Or Dirty Power Steering Fluid
If your car starts to exhibit any of the following symptoms, it may be time to check your power steering fluid levels or have your power steering system serviced:
1. Steering feels heavy or hard to turn.
2. Squealing noise when turning the wheel.
3. Grinding noise when turning the wheel. 4. Power steering fluid leaks.
If your car is leaking power steering fluid, you may be tempted to just top it off with whatever fluid you have on hand. But beware – mixing different types of power steering fluid can cause big problems down the line. In this blog post, we’ll explain why it’s so important to use the correct type of fluid for your car, and what can happen if you don’t.