The Average Cost for a Power Steering Flush Is $16 to $125 Depending on if You Go to the Mechanic or DIY.
Cost at the Mechanic: $95 to $125
- Parts: $16 to $23
- Labor: $95
- DIY Difficulty Level: Beginner
Cost to DIY: $16 to $23
Urgency: Perform this service within three months to avoid vehicle damage.
*These prices are based on national averages. Related repairs or maintenance may also be needed. For a custom maintenance schedule based on your make, model, and mileage, download the free FIXD app.
What Is a Power Steering Fluid Change?
Power steering is typically a hydraulic system, similar to your brakes, that makes it easier for you to steer your car. This system contains a fluid that should be changed from time to time. This is also a good time to check for leaks or worn hoses and repair them if necessary.
More and more new cars use an electric power steering system instead. This uses an electric motor instead of hydraulics and does not require fluid changes.
What Happens If You Don’t Change the Power Steering Fluid?
Automotive fluids get dirty and begin to break down over time. Not changing the fluid makes your power steering pump’s job more difficult, which can lead to failure. You will never completely lose control of your steering, but if the pump fails it will become extremely difficult to turn the steering wheel, requiring even more effort than manual steering.
Changing your power steering fluid is a fairly simple job to do yourself at home. This can save you most of the cost of having a shop do it.
How Often to Change Power Steering Fluid
Generally speaking, you should flush your power steering fluid every two years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. Be sure to check your manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule or use the free FIXD app to find out what is recommended for your particular make and model.
Common Symptoms You Need to Change Power Steering Fluid
- Fluid is brown or black
- Groaning noise from the power steering pump, particularly when turning the steering wheel
- Increased difficulty turning the steering wheel
Related Maintenance Services
A power steering fluid flush is generally required when replacing any other components in the system. This is to eliminate any air bubbles that may form in the fluid when parts of the system are removed. Some of these components include:
- Power steering pump
- Power steering hoses and lines
- Power steering rack
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