In the day and age we live in, you can’t always make the easy assumptions when it comes to your car or truck. Cars and trucks have gotten more complicated than ever before. They have on-board computers, big touch-screen displays, the ability to talk to you, take your phone calls, and get you connected on Facebook, and most recent, they even do some of the driving for you! Now, whether you think the brake assistance in some of the new cars is a handy feature that will keep you from rear-ending someone, or a surprisingly annoying feature that doesn’t let you be the great driver you are, we can all agree that cars today are not the same as they were 20 or 30 years ago. Tools that used to work on old cars, like a mechanics stethoscope, saw dust in the radiator, or bigger carburetor jets, won’t help you in diagnosing or fixing your new car’s problems.
One of the things that has changed over the years is the power steering system. Power steering systems today accomplish the same task they did back in the 50s. The purpose is to assist the driver in turning the wheels at low speeds or at a stop. The reality is the big tires on your heavy vehicle today require quite a bit of strength to turn while your vehicle is traveling slowly or stopped. However power steering systems today have become more advanced with some including speed sensitive steering assist or 4 wheel steering. Also as cars have gained more and more accessories on the motor, and more complex suspension systems, the power steering systems have become increasingly more difficult to service.
Along with all these changes to power steering systems, many do not use “power steering fluid” as the working fluid. In its basic form, your power steering system has a pump which is powered by your engine that pumps high pressure fluid down to your steering rack or gear. As you turn your steering wheel, this high pressure fluid assists your wheels in turning making it easier for you to turn the steering wheel. The working fluid in your power steering system can be one of a variety of fluids. There are many different fluids used in different systems depending on the types of materials the power steering system is made from to reduce wear, corrosion and, in some cases, resistance and friction in the system to increase fuel economy. Many of these fluids will not serve all the functions they are intended to if they are mixed or added to the wrong system. The wrong fluid, or fluid mix, in the wrong system can cause severe damage and may render your power steering system inoperable.
If your vehicle doesn’t use a fluid called “power steering fluid”, the other most commonly used working fluid is automatic transmission fluid. Automatic transmission fluid works well in some power steering systems since it is a light weight fluid designed to handle high temperatures and pressures without foaming or losing its ability to lubricate a system. This reality however does not simplify the power steering fluid search much as there is also many different kinds of automatic transmission fluids for different makes and model vehicles
The best way to find out what type of power steering fluid you should add to your vehicle is to consult your vehicles owner’s manual. There should be a section on fluid capacity and type where it will list what type of power steering fluid you can safely add. You may also check the cap on the power steering fluid reservoir as the proper type of fluid is often listed there. If neither of these sources can help you, you can try consulting this chart for general guide lines on power steering fluid usages: http://www.aa1car.com/library/power_steering_fluid_applications.pdf
If you need to add power steering fluid, you must have a leak somewhere in your power steering system to have lost fluid. When adding the appropriate power steering fluid to your vehicle, also add BlueDevil Power Steering Leak to the reservoir. BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak is an advanced stop leak additive that has no particulates or other harmful additives that will destroy your seals or hoses over time. BlueDevil is safe to use in even new vehicle power steering systems and will stop your leak permanently so you do not have to continue adding power steering fluid.
You can Purchase BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak at any of the BlueDevil authorized retailers:
- Pep Boys
- CarQuest Auto Parts
- Bennett Auto Supply
- Advanced Auto parts
- Prime Automotive Warehouse
- O’Reilly Auto parts
You can also purchase BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak online.