Why a Power Steering Fluid Flush is Worth Your Time and Money: Advice from a Mechanic.

Dear Mike,

I recently took my car in for maintenance and the mechanic recommended I get a power steering flush. I’ve never heard of this before, so I wanted to know why exactly my vehicle needs it? Is it really necessary or can I skip it?

Thanks in advance for your advice!


Hey Roscoe,

You aren’t alone when it comes to questioning the need for a power steering fluid flush. With so many different fluid flushes recommended by mechanics these days, it can be difficult to know what’s necessary and what’s just a way for them to make a quick buck.

But let me tell you, a power steering flush is definitely worth considering. And here’s why:

First, let’s talk about what a power steering system does. It’s responsible for making turning the wheel feel easy and smooth, and without it, you’d be putting a lot more effort into maneuvering your vehicle. When the power steering fluid starts to break down or become dirty, it can make steering feel sluggish and unresponsive. That can put you at risk for an accident, especially in situations where you need to make quick turns.

Getting your power steering system flushed will remove any contaminants that have built up in the fluid, making sure the parts of your steering system are in good working order. The power steering pump is one of the most expensive parts to replace, and flushing the system will help to prevent it from wearing out prematurely.

And finally, consider the cost-benefit of this service. Sure, you can technically “skip” it and save a bit of money in the short term. But in the long term, you might end up paying much more for repairs to your steering system if you neglect this important maintenance service.

Remember that prevention is always better than cure when it comes to your car’s health. Plus, once you get that power steering fluid flush, you’ll be able to enjoy a much smoother and safer driving experience.

Hope that helps!

Mike Urban