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 » Vehicles Car Parts & Maintenance

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 » Vehicles Car Parts & Maintenance

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 » Vehicles Car Parts & Maintenance
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