Dodge Challenger Power Steering Fluid

If you own a 2014 or older Dodge Challenger, you’ll need to know what kind of power steering fluid it uses. Learn more here.
Written by Melanie Krieps Mergen
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
2014 and older Dodge Challengers require power steering fluid—and as that fluid ages and gathers debris, you might need to have it changed. A power steering fluid replacement at an auto shop could cost $90 to $100 or more—but if you’re comfortable doing so, you could replace it yourself at home for under $20!
It’s easy to take a car’s power steering system for granted—until it stops working correctly. However, on vehicles that use hydraulic power steering systems, power steering fluid is integral to making smooth turns and maintaining control of your Dodge Challenger.
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What type of power steering fluid does a Dodge Challenger use?

The type of steering fluid your Dodge Challenger needs will depend on its model year—your owner’s manual will specify what kind your Dodge Challenger needs. Here’s how Dodge’s power steering fluid requirements for the Challenger compare by model year:
  • 2009: MOPAR Power Steering Fluid + 4, MOPAR ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • 2010: MOPAR Power Steering Fluid + 4, MOPAR ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid or an “equivalent licensed ATF+4 product”
  • 2011-2014: MOPAR Hydraulic Fluid or equivalent meeting MS-11655, including Fuchs
EG ZH 3044 or Pentosin CHF 11s
Depending on what model year your Dodge Challenger is, here are just a couple other power steering fluid options you could consider:
If your Dodge Challenger is a 2015 model or newer, you actually won’t need power steering fluid at all—that’s because these models have an electric power steering (EPS) system rather than a hydraulic one. So that’s one less car maintenance item for you to worry about!

How to change Dodge Challenger power steering fluid

For many car owners, changing a Dodge Challenger’s power steering fluid is a lot more doable than it seems, but you’ll need some supplies on hand first. Those will include:
  • Something to pump the old steering fluid out of the reservoir—like a pipette or syringe
  • A brand new bottle of the right power steering fluid for your Dodge Challenger
  • Pliers
  • Gloves
  • Drain pan
  • Towel(s) for cleanup
  • Jack and jack stands (optional—just make sure you’re aware of best safety practices if you use them)
Once you have what you need, these are the general steps involved with a power steering fluid change.
Step 1: Under the hood of your Dodge Challenger, locate the power steering reservoir and remove the cap. Then, pump all the fluid out of the reservoir and into your drain pan.
Step 2: Add new power steering fluid until the reservoir is about halfway full, then replace the cap. 
Step 3: Locate and disconnect the power steering fluid reservoir’s return line, cap off the reservoir’s base, and allow the remaining old fluid to drain out of the line.
Step 4: Get the new power steering fluid circulating through the system—to do this, you’ll turn the vehicle on and turn the steering wheel as far as it can go in both directions (also known as “lock to lock”). Having the front end of your car up on jacks helps to make this step easier. Continue doing this until the fresh fluid comes out of the line.
If someone is helping you with your fluid change, they should continuously add power steering fluid to the reservoir to prevent air from getting into the system. If you’re working solo,  you can run your engine for a few seconds at a time and turn it off while you add more fluid.
Step 5: Reconnect the return line to the reservoir, fill the reservoir to the proper level with fresh fluid, and turn the car on for 10 to 15 seconds, turning the steering wheel from lock to lock again. Turn the car off again and top off the fluid one last time if necessary.
Finally, check around for leaks, take your Challenger on a spin around the block, and pay attention to how your steering responds. If you did the job right, your steering wheel should handle smoothly and comfortably.

What is the power steering fluid change interval for a Dodge Challenger?

When your Dodge Challenger should have its power steering fluid changed, if it requires it, can vary widely. 
Generally, it’s recommended that you change a vehicle’s power steering fluid every two to four years or every 40,000 to 100,000 miles. If you’re unsure how your power steering fluid is doing, you can always ask a mechanic to inspect it when you take your Challenger in for other routine maintenance.
If it’s time to change your power steering fluid, here are some signs you might notice:
  • Your steering wheel is hard to turn
  • Your steering wheel feels too loose
  • You hear groaning noises when turning the steering wheel 
  • The power steering fluid in the reservoir appears dark brown or black
The power steering fluid color can vary, but it’s usually a bright pink or red or a light, translucent brown color. It’s also important to note that the above symptoms could be indicative of other issues, too, so don’t hesitate to get a mechanic’s opinion if you have concerns about your Dodge Challenger.

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