Power steering fluid helps you drive your car smoothly. It provides hydraulic pressure so it is easy to steer the car and turn the wheel. Without it, the car won’t be able turn. Driving with little or no power steering fluid can also damage the fluid pump.
Your power steering reservoir is usually a clear container and labeled. Open the cap and pull the dipstick out, clean it and replace. Pull it out again and check the level. The dipstick will have one side that reads HOT level and one that reads COLD level, because levels change under different temperatures.
Clean power steering fluid is pink, and dirty fluid is dark red or almost black. If your fluid is low, add more and always inspect the hoses and pump while you’re at it. If the fluid is dark, you may need to change it. Power steering fluid usually requires changing every 3 to 5 years. If you notice any tightness in your steering wheel, or if it becomes difficult to turn the wheel, check the power steering fluid first.