To make steering your vehicle easier, most cars today are equipped with a hydraulic power-steering assembly that uses a special fluid stored in the power steering reservoir. With this special fluid, turning your ride’s steering wheel won’t require too much effort. However, the fluid’s reservoir can leak. Over time, its gaskets can crack or fail, or the fluid tank can get punctured. Once the reservoir is damaged beyond repair, you’ll have to find a reliable replacement as soon as possible. Here are some tips:
Stick to blow-molded plastics.
A power steering reservoir should be highly resistant to extreme heat to prevent it from cracking. So if you’re looking for a replacement, a blow-molded reservoir is an ideal choice. The construction behind this type of tank ensures a high crack resistance even when exposed to extreme heat. Metal reservoirs are also available, but high-quality plastic tanks are more affordable and practical. With a clear, plastic tank, it’s easier to check the fluid level without using a dipstick or a fluid level sensor.
Double-check if the reservoir comes with an o-ring.
If the leak is caused by a reservoir that is near the end of its lifespan, it’s best to get a new tank and o-ring as well. Keep in mind that the gasket will wear out over time, making it harder for the tank to hold the power steering fluid in. The gasket can be bought separately, but you’ll get a good deal if you find a high-quality yet affordable reservoir that already comes with a top-grade o-ring.
Go for a tank with a gradated cap dipstick.
Checking your car’s power steering fluid levels on a regular basis helps detect leaks and other problems as early as possible. To make this maintenance task easier, choose a reservoir with a gradated cap dipstick. With this type of cap dipstick, you’ll easily figure out if the amount of remaining fluid is still within the acceptable level. However, make sure that this type of tank and cap is suited to your vehicle’s specs. Depending on your car’s make and model, the gradations can either be labeled as “hot” and “cold” or “min” and “max.”