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What is a Power Steering Fluid Changes service?

Lube Stop’s Power Steering Fluid Changes service is the replacement of the power steering fluid that is used to transfer power in modern vehicles with power steering.  It is an important component of your vehicle that facilitates easy steering.  You can use standard power steering fluid or automatic transmission fluid, which contains an agent to keep it clean for longer.

If your power steering fluid is dirty or contaminated, it doesn’t circulate as well as it should.  That’s why you have it changed or flushed.

Lube Stop provides this service as needed.  To determine if it is needed, we look for signs that the fluid is dirty or contaminated.  So, a visual inspection to detect pollutants or leaking is done.  Following that, Lube Stop also inspects for dripping amber fluid, burnt smells and stiff steering.  If they are present, we recommend replacing the fluid to the customer.  If the customer agrees, then we proceed with the Power Steering Fluid Change or Flush service.

So, always bring any indicators of trouble to the attention of our Lube Stop technicians.  These include signs of leaking fluid, difficulty steering, and a burnt marshmallow smell.  From there, we will trouble shoot and determine if you need to change or flush your fluid.

We do all this so you can enjoy the benefits of a reliable power steering system.

What is Power Steering Fluid for?

The power steering fluid’s main purpose is to provide hydraulic assistance for your power steering system.  These fluids are usually either mineral oil or synthetic oil blended with additives to control foaming, prevent corrosion and improve lubrication in the power steering pump and gear.

Lube Stop carries two different types of power steering fluid.  The first type is the standard power steering fluid.  The second is a blend of power steering fluid and automatic transmission fluid that contains detergents to keep your power steering fluid clean for longer.  Choosing a blend that suits your vehicle can be difficult, so consult your Lube Stop technician.

To most accurately check the levels of your power steering fluid, we ask you to idle your engine for a few minutes and turn your wheels in either direction several times.  Then, we ask you to turn off your engine and pop the hood.  Under the hood, power steering fluid is located in a small, typically clear reservoir located closer to the driver’s side.  Power steering reservoirs are often marked with MIN and MAX levels.  Our technicians use this as a guide to filling it.  If your reservoir is metal or non-transparent, we measure the fluid level using the dipstick.  We unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick clean.  We reinsert the dipstick and remove it again to read the levels.

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Why Do I Need a Power Steering Fluid Changes service?

The Power Steering Fluid Changes service is the replacement, changing or flushing of your vehicle’s power steering fluid.  You need to do this so that your vehicle can continue to steer smoothly, lubricate, and prevent corrosion.  Clean fluid helps your vehicle’s steering system deliver lots of benefits.  For example, it allows for reduced corrosion and a properly lubricated steering system.

We do these fluid changes so that our customers can avoid problems with their car, truck, or SUV.  The fluid is an important maintenance item responsible for ensuring your steering system does not fail.  This is because when fluid is clean it does its job better.  For example, it protects the vehicle from contaminants that can cause major damage to the steering system and gears.

So, it is fair to conclude that dirty, contaminated power steering fluid is NOT something you want to ignore.

That’s why we check the power steering fluid every visit.  We need to make sure that it is clean and functioning as it should.  We understand that it costs a little in the short run to change this fluid out.  But it saves a lot in the long run.

How Often Do I Need It?

The fluid should be checked each time you have service with Lube Stop.  And, of course, we should check it anytime you have observed issues.  Your owner’s manual will also advise you to do it at various intervals.  Please check your manual.

Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice.  We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition.  This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck, or SUV as it stands, today.  That is because it removes the guess work.  Learn more about this system below.

Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?

Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area.  These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.

Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?

Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.

  • Blackfalds, Alberta
  • Clive, Alberta
  • Bentley, Alberta
  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • Ponoka, Alberta
  • Millet, Alberta
  • Rimbey, Alberta
  • Alix, Alberta
  • Penhold, Alberta
  • Benalto, Alberta
  • Hobbema, Alberta
  • Delburne, AB
  • Bluffton, Alberta
  • Innisfail, Alberta
  • Lousana, Alberta
  • Bashaw, Alberta
  • Leslieville, Alberta
  • Wetaskiwin, Alberta
  • Stettler, Alberta

Context for these Services

Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine.  This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything.  This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.

In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine.  The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors and nozzles.  This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.

Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.  Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.

  • combustion chamber
  • cylinder head
  • camshaft
  • set of spark plugs
  • valvetrain
  • valves
  • rocker arms
  • pushrods
  • lifters
  • fuel injectors
  • pistons
  • connecting rods
  • engine block
  • crankcase
  • crankshaft
  • timing system
  • timing chain

All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle.  Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers.  So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.

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