Power Steering Fluid Question

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by wolfcub27540, May 6, 2008.

  1. wolfcub27540

    wolfcub27540 Guest

    I recently had my entire Transmission replaced in my 2006 Hyundai Sonat
    due to a defect. My question is would the Power Steering Fluid have bee
    replaced as part of the transmission replacement? They are trying to tel
    me that my Power Steering Fluid is breaking down and needs to be replaced
    wolfcub27540, May 6, 2008
  2. I think you are talking to idiots that are trying to scam you. Ask them
    what test they did to tell that the fluid is breaking down. In all my years
    of car ownership, I've never replaced power steering fluid in any car and
    some have gone 200,000 miles trouble free.

    Also, I see no reason to replace steering fluid when the transmission is
    replaced. Sort of like getting a haircut because your shoelace broke.
    Edwin Pawlowski, May 7, 2008
  3. wolfcub27540

    hyundaitech Guest

    I've disconnected the power steering lines several times when lowerin
    subframes for transmission replacement, but cannot recall whether this i
    advantageous on the '06 Sonata. Check your paperwork from th
    transmission replacement. If there's a part number something lik
    npnsteerfd, then it was replaced.

    I don't really think whether it was replaced during transmissio
    replacement is really the important question, though. How did the sho
    determine you fluid was breaking down? What tests did they run t
    determine this? Don't be afraid to ask these questions. What you'r
    likely to find is that the technician sees it hasn't yet been done or tha
    the fluid is dark in color.

    Shops recommend fluid flushes and replacements because they're high profi
    items. Service advisors and technicians typically get financial incentive
    beyond their typical pay for these items. Check your owner's manual.
    You'll see there's no maintenance interval for the power steering fluid.
    So unless it's really gross, there's *no* good reason to change it.

    I don't think I've recommended this repair even once on any vehicle.
    will say, however, that some older GM vehicles had some steering problem
    that fluid flushing will help compensate for or help prevent, so it's no
    true that this service is *never* a good idea
    hyundaitech, May 7, 2008
  4. wolfcub27540

    wolfcub27540 Guest

    Thanks HyundaiTech. I do not think they did it when I had my transimissio
    replaced but thought I'd ask if it was a common thing done on those type
    of jobs.

    As for the breaking down of the fluid, they simply said it was breakin
    down no real explanation. I sort of though it was a money maker ploy an
    I said that I would look at doing it nex time but now I doubt I will.
    Thanks again!!

    Incidentally they also said I was gonna need tires soon but they sure loo
    good to me!!
    wolfcub27540, May 12, 2008
  5. wolfcub27540

    Plague Boy Guest

    wolfcub27540 wrote:
    Do they know where you park your Hyundai at night? :)
    Plague Boy, May 12, 2008
  6. Tires do have wear indicators so you can judge for yourself when it is time.
    Dealers are in business to make money, happy customers is second.
    Edwin Pawlowski, May 12, 2008
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