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What does power assisted steering (PAS) fluid do?

The power assisted steering (PAS) fluid is the hydraulic liquid that is used in vehicles with a power assisted steering pump which is forced under pressure into the steering rack system to reduce the effort needed to turn the steering wheel.

What does a power steering fluid change involve?

Changing power assisted steering (PAS) fluid is a routine repair for all mechanics and can be done both kerbside as well as in the workshop, providing it is safe to do so.
Whilst there are variations between manufacturers, the basics are pretty similar.

The mechanic will;

  • Check the condition of the fluid and proceed if deemed to require changing
  • Undo the system bleed valve and drain the existing fluid out
  • Depending on how tainted the fluid was, either refill it and bleed it or flush it through before refilling it and bleeding it.
  • Test the vehicle’s steering once again

Can I do a power steering fluid (PAS) change myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a power steering fluid (PAS) change is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of bad power steering fluid (PAS)?

There are some obvious signs to the driver that something is amiss with the fluid as follows

  • The steering wheel is heavier to turn than normal.
  • When there is a squeaking or grinding noise from the unit when turning the wheel.

In addition to this, the fluid can be checked physically by removing the fluid reservoir cap (it usually has a picture of a steering wheel on it). If the fluid is clear, or bright in colour (usually green or red) then it's likely to be OK, If it is brown to black, then it has likely been contaminated.

How long will a power steering fluid (PAS) change take?

A power steering fluid (PAS) change usually takes around 1 hour, but can take less or more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace the power steering fluid?

The power assisted steering (PAS) fluid should be replaced every 5-7 years. Like all hydraulic fluid, power assisted steering fluid absorbs moisture over time and becomes less effective.

How much does a power steering fluid change cost?

A power steering fluid change generally costs between £75 and £90 with an average price of £80. Ultimately, the cost of replacing power assisted steering (PAS) fluid depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your power assisted steering (PAS) fluid replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Can I still drive with bad power steering fluid (PAS)?

If you suspect there is any issue with your vehicle's power steering fluid or there are concerns about its age or condition, book with a professional mechanic as soon as possible to get it checked and replaced if necessary, driving the vehicle may lead to further complications and damage.

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