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SPONSORED: Power steering fluid: When you should change it out

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Owning a car requires a fair amount of responsibility. You not only have to be responsible when you’re behind the wheel but also in terms of car care and staying on top of routine car maintenance. You’ve got to keep track of everything from tire rotations to tuneups, and it can seem overwhelming at times. That’s where our N Charlotte Toyota dealership comes in! 

Not only can we get you on a routine car care schedule, but we can also give you tips for the in-between times. Today we’re breaking down power steering fluid - what it does, and how to tell if you need to change it. 

Power steering fluid basically keeps your steering system up and running. It transmits the power in the system, allowing you to turn the steering wheel with little effort and at the same time, turn the front wheels of your car. It also keeps everything in the system lubricated and ensures that all the parts can work as they should. 

So how do you know if you’re due for a power steering fluid swap? Here are four signs you need to make an appointment at Toyota of N Charlotte. 

Four signs it’s time to change or flush your power steering fluid 

#1: You can see that it’s no longer good. Did you know that you can actually check your power steering fluid? Just find the reservoir under the hood, pull the dipstick out, and take note of the color. Power steering fluid is typically red; if it’s dark or you see debris in it, it’s dirty, overheated, or both and you need to change it. Running bad power steering fluid through the system can cause expensive damage. 

#2: Steering is becoming difficult. Does it feel like it’s a struggle to turn the steering wheel, almost like it’s stiffened up? You may be almost out of power steering fluid. If you don’t top it off or have the system flushed and power steering fluid replaced, it means your ability to steer will be hampered, which could lead to you getting into a car accident. 

#3: Your owner’s manual says it’s time. Check your owner’s manual! It’s like a guidebook for your car and will let you know which intervals for service and repair are necessary. Just like oil changes and tire rotations, your owner’s manual can tell you when you need to seek auto service for this important fluid. 

#4: Your steering pump is on the fritz. If your steering pump is giving out on you, it’s a sure sign that you’re running low or out of power steering fluid and the pump is dry. This makes it a lot more difficult to turn the steering wheel. 

Schedule car care at Toyota of N Charlotte 

Think you have an issue with your power steering fluid? Call the Toyota Service Center at Toyota of N Charlotte. Our techs can get under the hood and pinpoint the problem so you can get back on the road today!