Maintaining your vehicle is an important part of being a car owner, as it ensures it runs smoothly for many miles to come. At the Paul Miller Subaru service center, we love helping drivers around Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown, New Jersey, learn more about how to properly care for their vehicles, which is why we created this guide.

On this page, we'll walk you through how to check your car's power steering fluid. This is an important step in caring for your vehicle, as it ensures your steering wheel functions correctly.

What is Power Steering Fluid?

Before we discuss the steps you need to take to check your vehicle's power steering fluid, we want to highlight what this key component of your car is and how it works.

Basically, power steering fluid is a lubricant for your car's power steering system. When you turn your steering wheel, the power steering fluid moves throughout the system and helps move your vehicle in the correct direction by providing additional power.

How Do You Check a Car's Power Steering Fluid?

Before checking your vehicle's power steering fluid, you'll want to turn on your car and leave it running for a few minutes. This allows your vehicle to warm up. However, you should then turn the engine off before checking the power steering fluid levels.

Next, you'll want to locate the power steering reservoir. Depending on your car, this reservoir's location can vary slightly. Open the hood of your vehicle and look for a container marked power steering fluid.

After removing the cap, you'll be able to check the fluid levels. If the power steering reservoir is made out of plastic, you can simply read the level indicator on the outside of the tank. If the reservoir is metal, use the dipstick to check the level.

If your power steering fluid is low, you'll want to add more fluid so that your vehicle can run smoothly.

When Should Power Steering Fluid Be Replaced?

When you check your power steering fluid, also make sure that it looks clean. Over time, dirt and debris can contaminate the power steering fluid, which can cause issues down the road.

Generally, it's recommended that you schedule a power steering fluid flush every 30,000 miles. However, this can vary depending on a variety of factors. If you notice any issues with your power steering fluid, be sure to bring your vehicle in for a maintenance appointment, and we can perform a power steering fluid flush.

Visit Our Service Center Today!

After reading this short guide, you should now know how to check your car's power steering fluid. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact the team at Paul Miller Subaru.

If you'd like to schedule a power steering fluid flush, simply use our online service scheduler to choose a time that works for you. We can't wait to help you get your vehicle running smoothly again so that you can get back to driving around Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown, NJ, in your car.

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