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How much does it cost to service the power steering fluid?

The average cost to replace your car’s power steering fluid is $143—parts cost an average of $26, while mechanic labor costs around $118. Remember, this is just an estimate—the exact price to top up your power steering fluid will depend on your vehicle’s make and model.
How long does it take to service the power steering fluid? A certified mechanic can replace your power steering fluid in about 1.0 hours hours. It’s a quick and easy process, but it must be done right. Your mechanic will consult your vehicle’s service manual for the correct type and quantity of power steering fluid before performing before topping it up.
Here’s an overview of the power steering fluid service costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
July 18, 2024
Plymouth Neon
$138
$23
$115
1.0 Hours
July 15, 2024
Pontiac G6
$142
$23
$119
1.0 Hours
July 13, 2024
Audi A6
$135
$23
$112
1.0 Hours
July 5, 2024
Fiat 500X
$139
$23
$116
1.0 Hours
July 4, 2024
Cadillac XTS
$130
$23
$107
1.0 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for a power steering fluid service and how much do those parts cost?

When replacing your power steering fluid, you usually won’t need any extra parts apart from the fluid itself. However, if you’re servicing your vehicle yourself, you may need a few additional supplies:
  • Fluid transfer pump
  • Car jack
  • Funnel
  • Towels or rags
Luckily, buying power steering fluid is cheap, with the average cost between $11.22 and $13.72. However, labor costs a bit more. 
We recommend purchasing power steering fluid at local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, as well as online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. Reputable brands are Prestone, Valvoline, and Lucas Oil for quality power steering fluids, ensuring proper lubrication and optimal performance for your vehicle's power steering system. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
When choosing a product for your car, you always want to invest in the best, as the optimal performance of your vehicle should be a top priority. With power steering fluid, you have three choices: automatic transmission fluid (ATF), synthetic, or non-synthetic.
  1. Automatic transmission fluid (ATF): The same fluid used for automatic transmissions can be used in some vehicle’s power steering systems.
  2. Synthetic power steering fluid: Many newer vehicles use synthetic power steering fluid. They’re engineered in a lab and are usually designed for specific types of cars or steering systems.
  3. Non-synthetic mineral power steering fluid: Mineral hydraulic fluid can be used instead of ATF in some situations.
Pro tip: Choosing the right power steering fluid for your vehicle is important—an incompatible one can cause damage. If you’re unsure which is right, check the specifications in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Power steering is widely available both online and in-store. You can find it only at most automotive parts retailers, such as Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts, and AutoZone, or other sites like Amazon and Walmart that sell automotive parts. But before purchasing a bottle, check your vehicle specifications to ensure compatibility.

Where can I get my power steering fluid replaced?

If you’re not super car-savvy and don’t want to take on a DIY project to change your power steering fluid yourself, finding the right auto repair shop to do the job can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a trusted mechanic in your area. Luckily, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
makes things easy! You can compare repair service rates from over 2,500 reputable auto shops across the country in seconds.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from repair shops using their actual hourly labor rate. You can also find out if you need to leave room in the budget for diagnostic fees and read actual reviews from real customers to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair costs in your area.
170 Reviews
Florin Auto Center
address
2770 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA
Power Steering Fluid Service
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$122
(Parts - $12, Labor - $110)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$199.99
136 Reviews
Broadway Gas and Automotive Service
address
320 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Power Steering Fluid Service
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$108
(Parts - $12, Labor - $96)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$115
118 Reviews
Laurel Heights Automotive
address
9109 E Gregory Blvd #6407, Independence, MO
Power Steering Fluid Service
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$125
(Parts - $12, Labor - $113)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$50
153 Reviews
Dignity Star Tire
address
4879 Redan Rd, Stone Mountain, GA
Power Steering Fluid Service
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$132
(Parts - $12, Labor - $120)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my power steering fluid?

Replacing the power steering fluid is relatively cheap and easy but must be done right. Your mechanic will consult your vehicle’s service manual for the correct type and quantity of power steering fluid before performing the following steps:
  • Drain the power steering reservoir
  • Fill the correct type and amount of new fluid detailed in the service manual
  • Bleed the power steering system and clean any remaining fluid
  • Test the power steering for ease of operation
  • Check the power steering system for any leaks
You can check and add power steering fluid at home, but pouring the wrong fluid or overfilling the system can cause expensive damage.

What happens if I don’t change my power steering fluid?

Not changing your power steering fluid when it’s time might not seem like a big deal, but it can amount to significant issues. Over time, particles and sludge build up in the fluid. Once the fluid is dirty and contaminated, it’s running through your system every time you turn the car wheel, increasing the stress on your power steering fluid pump and the rest of the system.
Dirty power steering fluid can also go as far as to cause problems with the seals in the pump or the seals on the rack, which can be very expensive to replace.

What is a power steering fluid service?

Power steering fluid is the hydraulic fluid that transfers the power in a power steering system. It is a pressurized fluid designed to decrease the amount of effort required to turn the steering wheel when driving and ensure proper lubrication of all of the moving parts in the power steering system. In doing so, the hoses, pistons, valves, and power steering pump work as intended.
When you get a power steering fluid service, the mechanic will check and change the fluid in your hydraulic power steering system if it is contaminated with metals. They will also check your power steering system's hoses, fittings, and clamps for leaks if the fluid level is low.
On average, a power steering fluid service costs between $111 and $178, depending on the car you drive and the auto shop you go to.

How do I know if my power steering fluid needs replacing?

Changing your power steering fluid is a regular part of scheduled maintenance services, but you should consider getting a power steering flush service every three to four years to ensure extended service life. The power steering fluid, however, should be changed about every 50,000 miles.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, it might be time for a power steering fluid change:
  • Heavy steering wheel
  • Control difficulties
  • Noisy steering functions
  • Failed vehicle safety inspection
  • Leaking power steering fluid
  • Dark brown or black power steering fluid

How often should you service the power steering fluid?

In most cases, you’ll want to change your power steering fluid every five years or 50,000 miles. Depending on your vehicle, you may require more or less frequent changes, so follow the guidelines in your owner’s manual. 
However, regularly changing the power steering fluid and/or scheduling a power steering flush is recommended to prolong the life of other steering components that are more expensive to replace.
If following a
regular car maintenance schedule
, you’ll want to replace the power steering fluid if it appears dark or if there is any visible dirt, debris, sludge, or other contaminants.

Can I replace the power steering fluid myself?

If you want to
save money on car expenses
by changing the power steering fluid yourself, you absolutely can—and you don’t have to be car-savvy to do it. All you’ll need is a turkey baster or a fluid transfer pump and a new bottle of power steering fluid, and then you can get started.
Replacing your power steering fluid involves sucking out the old fluid and refilling the power steering fluid reservoir with clean fluid. Although quick and easy, if you’re not comfortable performing the process, call your local mechanic and leave the job to a professional.

FAQs

If you check your power steering fluid and the fluid is clear, amber, or pink, you can refill it with more fluid. However, if the fluid looks brown or black or has been contaminated, you’ll want to take it to a mechanic to have the fluid replaced or possibly a power steering system flush.
Taking your car in for a power steering system service is a good idea every so often. The power steering solution wears out over time, but other steering system components may also need replacing. For example, O-rings and seals can become worn or damaged, affecting the system's operation. If you don’t service your power steering occasionally, the entire system could encounter larger, more costly issues.
Clean power steering fluid should be red or pink, but with time, the color of the power steering fluid will be affected and eventually turn brown. Dark-colored fluid indicates that it’s time for a replacement.

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