Have you ever heard a winding noise in first or second gear ( without steering), when your power steering fluid was low?
A loss of power steering fluid affects the drive ability of your vehicle. When your power steering fluid leaks out, your power steering rack will not function properly and steering effort is greatly increased. This is especially pronounced at low speeds and can make steering extremely difficult.
A power steering fluid leak isn’t going to leave you stranded on the side of the road, but it still needs to be taken care of quickly. At the first sign of a leak either power steering fluid on the ground or a low level in the reservoir pick up one of our Bar’s Leaks power steering leak repair products and stop your leak before it becomes a major one.
The most common low power steering fluid symptoms are jerky steering feedback and a stiff steering wheel. You can prevent further problems by tracing a leak early. Power steering fluid leak symptoms include red or light brown puddle formations underneath your car.
When Power Steering Goes Out. If there is a problem with this hydraulic system, you'll know it: Simply turning the steering wheel will take a lot more physical exertion than you're used to, and driving the car may actually leave you sore. If you take your car in for regular servicing, this shouldn't be an issue.
Locate the power steering reservoir. It is usually on or near the engine, and can have a white or yellow reservoir and a black cap. 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.