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Old 04-20-2008, 01:23 AM   #1
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How often should you change your power steering fluid?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it? Or is there a general guideline as far as years and mileage? I had someone tell me today that the fluid never goes bad unless there is a leak Regardless, I thought the fluid breaks down over time.
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:26 AM   #2
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Generally I think you are supposed to change it periodically.... but if you don't it'll just develop a leak and bam half your job is already done.

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I've only done it when i've changed out front end pieces, ie: rack and pinion or a pump. If your driving it daily and not going lock to lock ever 10 minutes, it wont need it.
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Generally I think you are supposed to change it periodically.... but if you don't it'll just develop a leak and bam half your job is already done.

Win/Win

Yes, 20 years down the road, i'm sure you'll be kicking yourself for not changing out that PS fluid earlier.
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:08 AM   #6
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Only needs to be replaced if it gets dirty.

Oil that never gets hot does not break down.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:59 PM   #7
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Oil that never gets hot does not break down.
I've never known how hot (if at all) that oil gets, as the break down is my concern after 18 years and not that it gets dirty.
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I just top mine off every 2-3 months when it gets low, so I'd say I change it, every 18 months?
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Kinda like a car with so many leaks your adding a quart every thousand miles, eh?
No reason to change it just put on a new filter every few thousand miles.
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At one point, it seemed like I was replacing the fluid at every autocross due to it puking its guts everywhere.

Now I change it about once every year.
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Only needs to be replaced if it gets dirty.

Oil that never gets hot does not break down.
Never gets hot? Wonder what a power steering cooler is for...
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Do you change it using a machine to pump it out, or just drain and fill?
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Do you change it using a machine to pump it out, or just drain and fill?
I drain, spin the pump by hand to pump out the little bit left in there, and then fill.
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I used a vac system. I'd do it every couple of years depending on use. But mostly, once it stops being red and turns to brownish. Time to replace.
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I'd venture to say the stuff is 18 years old . I know I haven't changed it when I got the car in 2000 at 73k (160k now)

I'm a bit colorblind so I'll get my fiance to check the color
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I change mine whenever I change the transmission fluid.
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Never gets hot? Wonder what a power steering cooler is for...
Yeah, no kidding. When I autocross my fluid is hot as holy hell.
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