Ford Taurus Steering Fluid

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#1

Is it true that my 2006 Ford Taurus requires more frequent steering fluid changes than other cars? Recently, a Valvoline station suggested that this model burns up or darkens the fluid and suggested I change it…


#2

I’ll bet he tells that to all the customers…no matter what they drive.

If it isn’t in your owner’s manual recommended scheduled maintenance, it isn’t necessary.


#3

The only time I change my power steering fluid is when a hose lets go.

What’s next? Changing the air in the tires?


#4

To nitrogen…


#5

I don’t know if it’s a Ford thing, but my 91 Taurus and 98 Windstar both had noisy PS pumps. The Taurus’s pump was replaced under warranty. With the Windstar I got into the habit of changing the PS fluid once a year or when the pump started getting noisier as preventive maintenance.

I use a turkey baster or siphon to remove the fluid from the PS reservior. Then refill with fresh fluid and run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the fresh fluid through the system and repeat until a quart or two of PS fluid has been put into the system. It only costs the price of quart or two of PS fluid.

I had no problems with the power steering in the Windstar for the 8 years I had it.

Ed B.


#6

I’m w/ Ed B. Check your fluid once in a while for color & smell. If it does seem to get really dark & bad smelling, just suck it out yourself once in a while & replace with fresh.


#7

That’s right. I almost forgot about the nitrogen in tires. They put it in some beers too.


#8

My wife’s 2002 ZX2 has very dark PS fluid. I asked a Ford mechanic about it and the response was that Ford’s do that. I will be changing it anyway. My Mercury Grand Marquis has nice red fluid so it must be an outlier.