How to Check & Add Power-Steering Fluid

this is Dave Erb from Dave's ultimate

automotive in Austin Texas and we were

talking we're talking about checking and

adding power steering fluid power

steering fluid is what runs your power

steering system helps you assist in your

steering makes it much easier this is

done with hydraulic rams and a pump

commonly compared to referred to as a

power steering rack and an pump most

cars usually the fluid reservoir will be

either on the pump or a remote reservoir

which is what we have in this case will

be marked Elysees power steering on top

or power steering fluid or have a a

picture of steering wheel something of

that nature you want to be aware that

most vehicles use just a generic

standard power steering fluid some

vehicles like Honda are very have their

own specific fluid if you don't use that

fluid the system won't run right so make

sure that you check your owner's manual

for proper fluid types when you're

checking your fluid what you're looking

for is level and color in this case we

have a reservoir that has a high and low

marked on the side of it some cases

you'll have a lid that comes off like

this and have a little stick that comes

off we'll also show the high and low you

want to do this fluid check with your

vehicle off if you do determine that it

is the needs fluid you just simply add

it to the reservoir in this case we're

use the regular fluid might want to use

a funnel if you have a steady hand you

don't really need a funnel in this case

you just add a little bit till it gets

up to the proper line you can see this

fluid is nice and clear almost a tan

look to it if you find that the fluid in

the reservoir is dark that indicates

that some of the rubber components

inside the fluid inside the system are

starting to deteriorate get into the

fluid that's what can shorten the life

of these components recommend changing

the fluid every 30,000 miles that will

greatly extend the life of the other

power steering components and make it

work much better and that is checking

and adding power steering fluid