Where is My Power Steering Fluid Going?

Power Steering FluidIt can be frustrating losing something.  You know at one point you had it in your possession, but now you have no idea where it is, and no matter where you look for it you just can’t figure out where it went.  Maybe it was the television remote, or your car keys.  Maybe for you it was your power steering fluid.  Whether it was the telltale whining noise that gave it away, a sudden loss of power steering in while you were driving, or you simply noticed your power steering fluid level was low during a regular check, it can be frustrating finding a low fluid level without having any prior indications of a leak.  Regular maintenance checks can help keep low fluid levels from sneaking up on you.  For more things you should be regularly checking on your vehicle, checkout out our series on routine maintenance that starts with an article about what you should check every week.

If you find yourself wondering where you power steering fluid has gone, there is only one possibility.  You’ve got a leak somewhere in your power steering system.  It is not unusual to have a leak in your power steering system to go unnoticed.  Your power steering system operates at high pressures so a leak in your system will likely only leak while your vehicle is running and the system is pressurized.  Since power steering fluid usually only leaks while your engine is running, the drips can often land on the road or be blown back under the engine of your car not leaving any puddles or spots on your driveway or in your parking spots.  Also, the components where a leak is possible are all located very low on your vehicle and can often be over looked when you are checking under your hood.  Lastly, dirty power steering fluid can look very similar to dirty engine oil and a power steering fluid leak can easily be mistaken for an engine oil leak.

It is not unusual to develop a power steering fluid leak at the seals in your steering rack or steering gear.  The motion of shafts through the seals can cause them to wear out over time.  Also, since the seals are located low in the front of your vehicle they are regular exposed to road dirt, sand and salt in the winter making them prone to leaks.  Also, the high pressure fluid in you power steering system is carried through a combination of hard metal lines and rubber hoses.  The rubber hoses allow the power steering pump to move and flex with your engine as it shifts during acceleration and deceleration and the metal lines allow for cooling of the power steering fluid.  Leaks can also form at the union of the soft rubber hose and the hard metal line due to vibrations and flexing of the rubber hose.

Power Steering FluidReplacing power steering lines and seals can be a very complicated job.  Often they are routed in very difficult to reach areas of your engine bay and can be covered by other components or even the sub frame of the vehicle.  Replacing the leaking component can be either a very time consuming project, or a very expensive maintenance item.

The best course of action for disappearing power steering fluid is to add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to your power steering reservoir next time you top it off.  BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is a specially formulated stop leak additive that will revitalize the seals and hoses in your power steering system to seal your leak and restore your power steering system to normal operation.  BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak does not have any particulates that can clog your system and is safe to stay in your power steering system for the life of your vehicle.

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38 responses to “Where is My Power Steering Fluid Going?

  1. Does power steering fluid leak to the ground? My car is dripping oil on the ground. I don’t know whether it is transmission or power fluid but we have to top the power steering fluid occassionally when it is below max level.

    1. Taiwo-

      In order to use one of our products you will first need to pinpoint whether you are losing fluid from the power steering unit or your transmission. Once you are able to do so you can use the appropriate product; either the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak or the BlueDevil Transmission Sealer.

      Feel free to contact us at 888-863-0426 with any questions.

      Thanks!

      -BDP

    1. Saip-

      Yes, you can use the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak in your Honda Civic. You will add 1/3 of the bottle to your power steering reservoir. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    1. April-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is compatible with your Nissan Quest. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    1. JR-

      Yes, BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is compatible and safe to use in your Mercedes. You should add 1/3 of a bottle to treat the system. Expect to start seeing results after about 100 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    1. Tony-

      Yes! The BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is compatible with your Ford 3 ton truck. You will be adding 1/3 of the bottle into the power steering reservoir and should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  2. Do I need to add power steering fluid before adding 1/3 bottle of BlueDevil? The directions seem to indicate that I should use BlueDevil without adding more power steering fluid and keep doing so until the leak has stopped.

    1. Adib-

      Yes, you should have the proper amount of power steering fluid in the system, prior to adding the product. If the fluid is already at capacity, you would want to drain enough out in order to add the recommended amount of the product. Typically, you will start to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving. You may top the system off with power steering fluid as needed, however, you wouldn’t add more of the product unless you were at around the 200 mile mark and were still noticing a leak. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Hope this helps!

      -BDP

      1. I have tried all kinds of stop leak it worked for awhile. Now when I look under my car I can see it coming out. How can I tell what is causing this. And is it worth fixing my car is a 1999 Plymouth sunfire

        1. Lorna-

          Thank you for asking about your Plymouth Sunfire. Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

    1. Jayson-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is compatible with your Nissan Maxima. Feel free to contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 with any other questions.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  3. Can i use this Power Steering Stop Leak on a manual 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser…pretty sure its leaking somewhere as I added fluid a couple of weeks ago and its already making the tell tale noise!!!

    1. Celeste-

      Yes, the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is safe to use on your Chrysler PT Cruiser with manual transmission. You will be adding 1/3 of the bottle into your power steering reservoir and should expect to see results after about 100-200 miles of drving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  4. My GMC Acadia loses its power steering fluid within hours. Two different mechanics thought it was the rack and pinion system so I had them replace it but it is still leaking. If these fools cannot discover the problem, is this product strong or effective enough to stop what appears to be a significant leak and is it compatible with the Acadia?

    1. Rr-

      The BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is compatible with your GMC Acadia, however, it is not really intended for significant leaks. Typically, you would start to see results after about 100-200 miles of driving. If you are losing fluid too quickly, you would be losing the product just as quickly, and wouldn’t really be able to keep it in the system long enough in order to get the benefit of using it. A hard part repair may be your best option.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  5. My 2006 toyota Camry loses the power steering fluid after driving 400 miles in a week. And I saw just a spot or two under my car after I parked for the whole night. Will this fix the power steering oil leaking problem even tho I don’t know if it’s leaking from tube or the pump?

  6. I paid a mechanic to fix my power steering leaks. First said it was a hose I needed . I still had the leaks on the ground after was told it was fixed. I notified mechanic again looked at it I said guess didn’t tighten the hose tight enough fixed with another hose he showed me where it had come lose. I filled with power steering fluid again per his instructions I refuse to have him do anything else to my 2002 trailblazer will blue devil power steering stop leak fix my problem i don’t see it hurting.. Please help!!!

  7. Hi, I just came across this site. About a week ago, I just so happened to check my power steering fluid, because I think that I noticed it whining a little. It was low. I added some. A few days later, it was low again. I have a Kia Sephia 2000. Just had a radiator put in. Not really looking to spend $500 on power steering lines, etc, especially if this product could help.
    Thank you

  8. I have a 03 pt cruiser my car started whining check transmission fluid ut was low i added sone till full and it went straight on ground what might be problem please can you help me

    1. Glenda-

      Thank you for asking about your Chrysler PT Cruiser. Based on your description, unfortunately, it seems you are losing transmission fluid a little too quickly for the BlueDevil Transmission Sealer to be effective. It is difficult to say exactly where the leak is coming from. We recommend taking the vehicle to a transmission specialist for a proper diagnosis.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

    1. Jack-

      Thank you for asking about your Chevy Impala. Based on your description, it sounds like pressure building up inside the system is forcing fluid out of the reservoir. This could possibly be from the power steering pump not circulating fluid properly, or perhaps from some kind of restriction in the system. We recommend getting a second opinion in this situation and taking it to a different ASE certified mechanic.

      Hope this helps!

      -BDP

  9. Hi i have a nissan caravan E26 year 2009 i have change the tranmission oil and now my steering is very hard to turn. could u tell me what went wrong. and what could i do….

    1. Nourisha-

      Thank you for asking about your Nissan Caravan E26. Based on your description, we recommend checking the power steering reservoir to make sure fluid is topped off to the proper level. If the system appears low, you may be dealing with a leak, so we’d recommend using the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (https://store.gobdp.com/power-steering-stop-leak-00232/). You should expect to see results after approximately 100-200 miles and can top the system off with power steering fluid as needed.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  10. Hi , I have a 2012 dodge journey. every three weeks I have to add power steering fluid in the reservoir. No sign of leakage any where on
    the driveway or where ever it is parked. when starting engine , it sounds funny noise as well as turning the steering. Once I add fluid, it runs
    ok, for 3 to 4 weeks. Can you please help on this. Thanks

    1. Ranjit-

      It sounds like you have a leak and as the fluid gets low the power steering pump starts making noise. We recommend applying 1/3 of a bottle of BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak; you will want to top off the power steering fluid to the proper level after adding BlueDevil. Expect to start seeing results after approximately 100 miles of driving.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

  11. I have a ford focus 2005 I have to keep topping my power steering oil it’s wet in the ground I’ve checked the hose from the resovwire it seems ok where else could it be leaking

    1. Shirley,

      Most power steering leaks are either from the high-pressure hose or from the rack and pinion. The high-pressure hose goes from your power steering pump down to the rack and pinion and might be difficult to see on your car. If you can see a leak in that hose, the best thing is to replace the hose. If the leak is coming from your rack and pinion you would see drips out closer to your wheels. If that is the case, add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to your reservoir to seal the leak.

      Thanks again for your question!
      -BD Auto Pro

  12. I have a ford Taurus 99 I’m having a problem with my power steering oil check one day it’s full the next day it’s empty you can see it flowing in the bottom and there is never oil on the ground! What’s the problem?

    1. Angela-

      Thank you for asking about your Ford Taurus. It is possible that you are only losing power steering fluid when the vehicle is in motion or after it warms up. How often are you having to add power steering fluid? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a little better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

      Thank you!

      -BDP

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