How Do I Know If My Power Steering Fluid Is Low?

What happens when you run out of power steering fluid?

If you run out of fluid, you can burn out the power steering pump.

Cracked, Peeling or Worn out Hose — Every part of your vehicle wears out with time.

The components of your car are under stress when driving and this can cause damage.

Worn Out Pump — As your car gets older, so does the power steering pump..

How do I know if my car needs power steering fluid?

If your wheel feels “hard” and tough to turn, you might need power steering fluid. Loud steering: Steering shouldn’t make sounds. The minute you notice that your steering wheel is making loud noises, it’s time to check the power steering fluid level in your vehicle.

Should I check power steering fluid hot or cold?

Power steering fluid expands some when it becomes hot so the fluid level will change. If the vehicle has not been driven for at least 8 hours, use the cold reading. Otherwise, use the hot level reading. If the fluid level is at the add mark or lower, there may be a leak.

Is it bad to drive with low power steering fluid?

Driving your car for extended periods without power steering fluid can damage the pump. While there’s nothing that physically stops you from driving your car if you have a power steering fluid leak, once the level drops, your pump runs dry. This causes increased friction and heat and can quickly cause expensive damage.

Can I just add power steering fluid?

If the dipstick or reservoir level is between “MIN” and “MAX,” you don’t need to add fluid. If the fluid is below the “MIN” line, remove the cap (or leave the dipstick out) and add power steering fluid in small amounts, checking the level after each time. Don’t fill it above the “MAX” line.