How do you change the power steering fluid in a Toyota Corolla?

The steering in my Toyota Corolla has been feeling a bit stiff lately. I think I may need to change my power steering fluid. How can I change the power steering fluid?

Changing your power steering fluid should be done every two years or at least every 50,000 miles. It is best to have the fluid changed by a professional who knows how to properly drain the lines.
If you’re not sure when it was last changed, you should ask your mechanic to take a look.
However, if your car is not due for new fluid and you are experiencing stiff steering and squeaking or chattering while turning the steering wheel, you should check the fluid level and add more if needed.
To properly add more power steering fluid, you need to do the following:
  • Pop open the hood and prop it up
  • Locate the power steering fluid reservoir (typically located on the left side of the engine bay)
  • Check the power steering fluid level (the reservoir is clear but you may need to wipe off some grime before it is visible)
  • Slowly add fluid using a funnel until it is at the correct level
Once you’ve completed these steps, take the car for a test drive to make sure the steering is feeling better. If the problem persists, you should arrange to have the car looked at by a mechanic.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Oct 25, 2021

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