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What power steering fluid does my car need?

Most newer vehicles use synthetic power steering fluid. There are also non-synthetic, mineral-based oil power steering fluids that may be used in applications that accept ATF fluids.


What happens if you use the wrong power steering fluid?

Substituting transmission or power-steering fluid, which are similar to each other, can affect the seals, damage the system, and possibly cause brake failure. Note that if the brake fluid is low, your vehicle probably needs brake-system service anyway.


Does Honda use special power steering fluid?

You do not need to use “Genuine Honda” power steering fluid. You do, however, need to use power steering fluid made for Hondas/Acuras. If you look at any manufacturer specific manual, you’ll see they will specify “genuine” this or that. This is a means to get you to purchase their products.


Can you use ATF for power steering?

Yes, you can. You can use ATF or automatic transmission fluid in your power steering pump as a substitute for power steering fluid when you’re in a bind. Both your ATF and power steering fluid are hydraulic fluids and your power steering system is a hydraulic system like your transmission system.


When should power steering fluid be changed?

In general, it is good to remember to change the fluid at least every two years, if not more often. This equates to about every 50,000 miles. Again, take a look at the owner’s manual, as some manufacturers may suggest doing this more or less frequently.

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Can dirty power steering fluid cause problems?

Contaminated fluid can wear down fittings, clog the steering system, create an increase in friction, and even causes the failure of some components, such as your pump. This is why you should change your vehicle’s power steering fluid at the manufacturer-recommended interval, which you can find in your owner’s manual.


Does Acura TLX have power steering fluid?

Our research indicates that your vehicle has an electric power steering system (“EPS” or “EPAS”). These systems use an electric motor instead of a hydraulic system and therefore do not have any power steering fluid to leak.


Can I use generic power steering fluid?

All power steering fluids are not made equal, however. Different fluids will have different chemical makeups attuned to specific kinds of vehicles, so you can’t use just any power steering fluid in your car.


Can I use STP power steering fluid?

STP® High Mileage Power Steering Fluid + Stop Leak is specially formulated for vehicles over 75,000 miles to stop or reduce fluid loss caused by seals that leak due to wear or shrinkage (not for use with broken or scored seals). Can be used instead of regular power steering fluid as preventive maintenance.


Can you lose power steering fluid without a leak?

Since power steering fluid usually only leaks while your engine is running, the drips can often land on the road or be blown back under the engine of your car not leaving any puddles or spots on your driveway or in your parking spots.

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