When to Check Power Steering Fluid
It is not necessary to regularly check power steering ﬂuid
unless you suspect there is a leak in the system or
you hear an unusual noise. A ﬂuid loss in this system
could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected
How to Check Power Steering Fluid
Turn the key off, let the engine compartment cool down,
wipe the cap and the top of the reservoir clean, then
unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick with a clean rag.
Replace the cap and completely tighten it. Then
remove the cap again and look at the ﬂuid level on the
The level should be at the COLD FILL mark. If
necessary, add only enough ﬂuid to bring the level
up to the mark.
To prevent contamination of brake ﬂuid, never check or
ﬁll the power steering reservoir with the brake master
cylinder cover off.
What to Use
To determine what kind of ﬂuid to use, see
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 6-14.
Always use the proper ﬂuid. Failure to use the proper
ﬂuid can cause leaks and damage hoses and seals.
Windshield Washer Fluid
What to Use
When you need windshield washer ﬂuid, be sure to read
the manufacturer’s instructions before use. If you will
be operating your vehicle in an area where the
temperature may fall below freezing, use a ﬂuid that has
sufficient protection against freezing.