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Brake fluid is significantly different from power steering fluid and other types of automotive fluids. Power steering fluid is petroleum-based, while brake fluid is alcohol-based. Introducing a petroleum-based fluid into... More »

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To change power-steering fluid, siphon out the old fluid, and refill the reservoir with a fluid recommended by your car's manufacturer after flushing the system. You need a siphon bulb or turkey baster, an empty containe... More »

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New power steering fluid is clear, amber or reddish-pink in color. It can turn dark brown or black due to oxidization or contamination by pieces of metal and rubber or become foamy due to aeration. More »

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Tips for troubleshooting a power steering system include adjusting tire pressures, lubricating steering gear, replacing steering linkage parts and filling power steering fluid to the proper level. The exact steps to trou... More »

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To flush a power steering system, first elevate the front wheels of the vehicle and put a container beneath the power steering system to catch drained fluid, and then let the old fluid out, and refill the system. Circula... More »

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