A leak in the power steering system is one of the most common leaks that car owners experience. It’s also one that is easily preventable! Regularly flushing your vehicle’s power steering fluid will keep your car running smoothly and stop leaks before they even happen! Many car owners, however, want to know how much a power steering flush will cost before they decide how they’re going to move forward with this necessary item on the maintenance checklist. If you suspect your power steering system may have sprung a leak, you can always use BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to patch the leak as you drive. Our industry-leading formula is expertly designed to get your car back on the road with zero time in the shop!
Power Steering Flush Cost
Just like a coolant flush, the cost of your power steering flush will depend on the make and model of your car and whether or not you are taking the vehicle into a shop or performing the flush yourself. A typical power steering flush, including labor costs, will run you anywhere from $90 to $125. If you’re performing the flush on your own, all you need is the right fluid, which will usually cost around $10. Finding the right fluid presents its own obstacles, however.
What Kind of Power Steering Fluid Does My Car Need?
If you’re performing the flush at home to save money, finding the right fluid for your power steering system is not always as simple as checking the owner’s manual. Ignore this section if you have your owner’s manual. If you don’t have your owner’s manual and can’t find the information online, buckle up.
- Before checking on which power steering fluid your car needs, we recommend making sure your car actually has a hydraulic power steering system. If your vehicle was manufactured in the 80s, 90s or early 2000s, then you probably do. However, it can be worth it to make sure. Late model vehicles often came with a completely manual power steering system due to the smaller tires installed on older cars. On the other end of the spectrum, more car companies are transitioning to electric power assist steering systems on their new model vehicles. This helps improve fuel mileage by removing the parasitic drag of the hydraulic pump on the motor.
- Now that that’s sorted, the best way to check what type of steering your vehicle has is to check under the hood and find the power steering fluid reservoir. Any hydraulic power steering system will have a reservoir to hold power steering fluid for the pump to draw from. The reservoir is usually clear, black or white plastic with an identifying cap. If you can’t find the reservoir, find you power steering pump then follow the low pressure (larger rubber) line from the pump up to the reservoir.
Power Steering Fluid or Automatic Transmission Fluid?
To make things more complicated, some power steering system require power steering fluid, while others have been designed to use automatic transmission fluid of which there is over a dozen to choose from. If you’ve checked your vehicle’s owner’s manual and looked on the power steering fluid reservoir cap for direction as to which kind of fluid to use and still come up empty, we recommend you check this power steering fluid application chart to see if your vehicle is listed. If all else fails, you can try calling your local dealership to see if they can steer you in the right direction.
While you’re topping off your power steering system with the correct type of fluid, you should consider why the fluid level is low in the first place. In almost all case, a low power steering fluid level is due to a fluid leak. Rather than spending time and money hunting down the leak, you should consider adding BlueDevil Power Steering Stop leak along with your top off fluid. BlueDevil Power Steering Stop leak is compatible with all types of power steering fluid and will seal the leak in your system so you don’t have to continue to add fluid.
Why Is Finding the Right Fluid Important?
Installing the correct type of power steering fluid in your power steering system is essential to long life and quiet operation. The power steering fluid is pressurized by the power steering pump, then that pressure is what is used to assist the driver in turning the wheels of the vehicle. However, your power steering fluid is just there to add force to turning your wheel. Your power steering fluid also lubricates the system and prevents corrosion of the metal components as well as the rubber seals. Fluid that is too thin or too thick to provide proper lubrication could lead to premature wear. The wrong fluid could also be missing the correct additives to prevent corrosion, again leading to premature wear and leaks.
What to Do if Your Power Steering Fluid Is Leaking
If you notice a leak in your power steering system, it’s too late to take preventative measures. It isn’t too late, however, to stop the leak in its tracks before it gets worse. First, make sure the leak isn’t coming from one of the hoses. The most common hose to leak is the high-pressure hose that runs from the power steering pump to the steering rack or gear. This hose most often leaks where it transitions from a hard pipe into a soft line. f you’ve got a leak here then the only choice you have is to replace that line. One of the least expensive places to purchase parts for your vehicle is at rockauto.com. If it isn’t a leaky hose, then BlueDevil Steering Stop Leak is the perfect product to seal your leak from the inside out. Learn more about the product below and get your vehicle back on the road in no time at all!
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