Power steering fluid

In our recent blog and video discussing the significance of fluid change services for your vehicle, we goofed and accidentally omitted a crucial aspect: power steering fluid. We received some feedback on this oversight, and we're here to rectify it. So, let's dive into the world of power steering fluid and shed light on its importance.

First, it's essential to note that not all vehicles are equipped with power steering, and advancements like electric power steering have emerged in recent years. Prior to 1996, power steering was an optional feature, but nowadays, most newer vehicles are equipped with this system to assist with maneuvering, especially during tight turns.

There are primarily two types of power steering systems: conventional hydraulic and electric power steering. Interestingly, some electric systems incorporate hydraulic power steering, utilizing a mineral oil-based fluid. It's crucial to understand that not all systems use the same type of fluid, making it imperative to ensure you're using the correct fluid tailored to your specific system.

Different systems feature various seals, which may not be compatible with certain additives, potentially causing swelling and compromising performance. For European vehicles, specific grades of power steering fluid are often required, emphasizing the importance of consulting the manufacturer's manual for guidance.

Routine maintenance of the power steering system is vital, typically recommended between 15,000 and 30,000 miles. Regular servicing helps in keeping the system's moving parts in optimal condition and ensures thorough cleaning to rid it of debris and contaminants that may accumulate over time.

By following regularly scheduled maintenance intervals, you not only prolong the lifespan of your vehicle's power steering system but also enhance its overall performance and reliability. Ignoring this maintenance could lead to potential issues such as increased steering effort, fluid leaks, or even damage to critical components.

The role power steering fluid plays is crucial in the smooth operation of your vehicle's steering system. Whether it's conventional hydraulic or modern electric power steering, using the correct type of fluid and adhering to recommended service intervals are essential steps in maintaining optimal performance and longevity.

We appreciate your understanding regarding the oversight in our previous content, and we hope this article provides valuable insight into the importance of power steering fluid in your vehicle's maintenance regimen. As always, contact us today to schedule your next service or schedule your appointment online at www.automotivemagic.com. We're happy to assist you on your automotive journey.


Shawn Gilfillan is the dedicated owner of Automotive Magic in Kenvil, NJ. With over two decades of experience, Shawn has led his team in providing expert auto repair and service since 2003. 

In 2022 came the birth of Magic Lube & Rubber in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Committed to fostering strong community ties and supporting team development, he prioritizes customer satisfaction above all. As a proud family man and long-time resident of Roxbury, NJ, Shawn brings a blend of professionalism and warmth to his business. 

Trust Shawn and his team for all your automotive needs with confidence and assurance.

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