Tips for Refilling a Power Steering Reservoir

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The power steering reservoir in your car is essential to the entire steering system. Without this, you would not be able to hold the fluid that feeds the power steering pump. Refilling the power steering fluid reservoir is a very easy process but does require some precision. Here are some tips to help you the next time you must fill the power steering reservoir.

1. Keep Reservoir Clean

Before opening the reservoir, or closing it, make sure the area is clean of any dirt or debris. If any dirt particles get into the power steering fluid it can do a tremendous amount of damage which will result in having to replace it. Use clean rags to wipe off the reservoir.

2. Use a Funnel

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A funnel is something that many people neglect to use because they are in a hurry. However, in order to keep the fluid from running onto the garage floor and the engine you must use a funnel.

3. Fill Until Fluid Reaches Level

Once the fluid reaches the desired level, place the cap back on the reservoir. Start the engine and move the steering wheel back and forth a few times. This will move the fluid through the system. Check the power steering reservoir again and add any fluid that is needed.