systems, the power steering fluid is forced through the power steering system to amplify the force input from the driver, making it easy to steer and make turns.
Why the fluid flush is necessary
Many will say flushing your power steering fluid isn't necessary. In the past, auto shops would replace the components of the power steering system as they went bad. With the advent of flushing systems, we can now flush and extend the life of the power steering components. The power steering fluid will wear over time due to daily driving and may become abrasive. It will also lose its ability to dissipate heat. The abrasiveness and overheating can lead to leaks and cracked seals, which are always expensive repairs. In extreme cases, the fluid will even form a thick sludge, further exasperating the effects of a worn fluid.
Signs of bad fluiD
It is relatively easy to check your power steering fluid. Since the system is fully sealed, your vehicle should not be losing fluid over time. If you notice your levels are decreasing, you may have a leak that requires immediate attention. Your vehicle's manual should have service intervals as well if you are unsure about your power steering fluid's health. It's better to err on the side of safety, so JAMHS Auto recommends a power steering flush every 30,000 miles to extend the life of your power steering system.
as servicing your engine. Hobbyists and online forums will tell you that the only necessary service for your transmission is to drain and refill it, but a more involved approach is needed to keep you safe on the road.
There's a difference between a drain and refill of your transmission and a full flush. The drain and refill of your transmission pan only replaces as little as 20% of the fluid in your car's transmission, leaving you with dirty fluid. A full flush will involve using the machine to push out all of the old fluid, leaving you with fresh transmission fluid to minimize issues.
As your vehicle's transmission ages, the gears will become worn, and this wear will cause some of the issues that might bring you to a shop: grinding or strange noises, problems with shifting gears, or gears slipping. Some older vehicles will have an issue when flushing their transmission for the first time. All the debris present due to a lack of maintenance gets dislodged, and your vehicle may initially underperform. A regularly performed transmission flush will prevent high-dollar repairs and extend the life of your vehicles. Transmission fluid is as important as the engine oil, and your repair shop should service it regularly. We here at JAMHS Auto recommend a transmission flush every 30,000 miles. Don't wait for transmission to give out before changing your fluid.
Call us today to schedule your transmission flush. Regular maintenance prevents high-cost repairs!