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Updated: 3/28/2003 1:53 pm
Normally, power steering fluid levels remain full. But since leaks can occur, it's a good idea to check it every six months or six thousand miles. Your car's power steering pump uses one of two types of fluid to operate, automatic transmission fluid or a special power steering fluid. Your owner's manual or car dealer can tell you which your car requires. To check the power steering fluid, make sure the engine is warm but not running. Park on a level surface and position the wheels straight ahead. Before removing the cap, clean any dirt around it to prevent it from falling into the pump. Unscrew the cap and check the level on the dipstick. If needed, add power steering fluid until the level is at the full mark. But, before adding any fluid, remember to check the owner's manual for the correct type of fluid for your car.

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