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2000 Nissan Altima Question: Is it routine maintenance to have power steering fluid flushed?

 

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Visitor, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Littleton, CO, February 22, 2011, 08:16

My car has 114,000 miles and runs great. Should I just wait for the power steering pump to go out and do everything at once?

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    SAF-T Auto Centers (22 Answers) , Wallingford, CT - (203) 274-8288
    neilbilodeau April 22, 2011, 20:09
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    The Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) has a recommendation based laboratory and field testing that shows most power steering fluids degrade measurably by 50,000 miles. Therefore, the revised steering and suspension UICS suggests a one-time exchange of power steering fluid at 50,000 miles, so long as a service interval is not included in the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. In addition, a vehicle's power steering fluid should be exchanged whenever a system component-pump, hose, rack & pinion unit-is replaced.

    Neil Bilodeau
    SAF-T Auto Centers
    Wallingford, CT 06492
    www.saftauto.com

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