The Importance of Steering Fluid Change

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At Superior Tire & Auto, we understand the significance of maintaining your vehicle’s power steering system. One key aspect of this maintenance is the steering fluid change. Servicing over 10 locations across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), our team of experts is ready to assist you with all your auto needs, including steering fluid changes. Let’s delve into why this service is crucial for your vehicle.

Understanding Steering Fluid and Its Role

The power steering fluid is a vital component of your vehicle’s power steering system. It helps in smooth steering by reducing friction and preventing overheating. Over time, the fluid can degrade or become contaminated, leading to harder steering, noise, and even damage to the power steering pump. Checking the fluid level regularly and replacing it when necessary is essential to keep your steering smooth and your vehicle in good condition.

When to Consider a Steering Fluid Change

A common question we encounter at Superior Tire & Auto is, “How often should I change my steering fluid?” The answer varies depending on your vehicle’s make and model, so it’s best to check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations. Generally, a power steering flush is advised every two years or 48,000 kilometres. However, if you notice a decrease in steering performance or hear whining noises when turning the steering wheel, it might be time for a fluid change sooner.

The Process of Changing Steering Fluid

Changing the steering fluid involves several steps, and it’s a task best left to professionals. Here’s an overview of how we handle a steering fluid change at Superior Tire & Auto:

Locate the Power Steering Fluid Reservoir: Our first step is to locate the power steering fluid reservoir under the hood. This is usually clearly marked but can vary in location depending on the vehicle.

Check Fluid Level and Quality: We inspect the fluid level and its quality. Dark or gritty fluid indicates it’s time for a change.

Drain the Old Fluid: We safely drain the old fluid, often using a fluid transfer pump or a device like a turkey baster, ensuring that it does not spill onto other engine components. This step is done with the engine off and the front wheels elevated using jack stands for safety.

Clean and Inspect: After draining, we clean any residue and inspect the reservoir for signs of wear or damage.

Refill with Fresh Fluid: We then refill the reservoir with fresh power steering or transmission fluid, as specified for your vehicle.

Bleed the System: To remove air from the system, we turn the steering wheel from lock to lock several times with the engine running. This step is crucial to ensure proper function.

Final Checks and Test Drive: We check for leaks, ensure the fluid level is correct, and then take your vehicle for a test drive to confirm everything is working smoothly.

Why Choose Superior Tire & Auto?

Expertise: Our technicians are trained to handle a variety of vehicles, ensuring your steering fluid change is done correctly.

Quality Fluids: We use high-quality fluids compatible with your vehicle to ensure longevity and performance.

Comprehensive Service: Beyond steering fluid changes, we offer a full range of auto services to keep your vehicle in top condition.

Convenient Locations: With over 10 locations across the GTA, Superior Tire & Auto is always nearby.

Customer Satisfaction: We strive for complete customer satisfaction with every service.

Maintaining the power steering system, including regular steering fluid changes, is essential for the smooth operation of your vehicle. At Superior Tire & Auto, we have the expertise and equipment to perform this service efficiently and effectively. Remember, proper maintenance today can prevent costly repairs tomorrow.

Is your vehicle due for a steering fluid change? Contact your local Superior Tire & Auto to schedule an appointment. Our team is ready to ensure your power steering system functions flawlessly, providing you with a safe and comfortable driving experience.