How to Fix a Leak in Your Power Steering

Modern vehicles are equipped with a power assisted steering system. It is designed to assist drivers while maneuvering the steering wheel making it easier and lighter for them to handle. Having said, a power steering also requires regular maintenance similar to other car parts.

Sometimes, it can develop leaks in its system. Once this happens, you should bring your car to your mechanic and have it fixed immediately. However, if you want to try to fix it on your own, here are some steps on how to fix it.

  1. Check your owner’s manual.
To avoid a full vehicle overhaul, some car owners prefer to repair leaks on their own. You can replace your own pump, hose or fluid exchange. Your repair manual will help guide you through the procedure and will tell you what type of tools to use.
    1. Prep your hose or pump.
    Power steering systems are uniquely designed and are located differently. Some may require a certified technician to do the job.
      For DIY repairs, refer to your car’s manual to identify the parts including the pressure relief, fluid type, special tools, draining and refilling steps, and other safety information. For high-pressure hoses with leaks, make sure your engine is turned off, your vehicle must be elevated, and the fluid drained before you start working on it. If the leak is caused by a loose fitting, use a wrench to tighten it.
      1. Drain the fluid.
      Once you determine which hose is damaged, place a drain pan under the end of the hose and remove the covering of the hose drains. Use a wrench to prevent the rack or gearbox nut from moving while you loosen the hose nut.

        Once you remove the fitting, the fluid will automatically drain itself. Let it drain fully and make sure you collect the fluid in a container for disposal. After draining, remove the opposite fitting and the hose.

        1. Attach the new hose.

        After the hose is in place, tighten the fittings and add a new hydraulic fluid to the steering power reservoir.

        Make sure you bleed out any signs of air bubbles by turning on the engine and moving the steering wheel from side to side until it reaches the lock. Check the fluid level and make sure it reaches the full line. Afterward, test drive your vehicle and check again for any leaks.

        For a final finish, use our KevianClean Quick Wax to keep your vehicle shiny and polished.

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