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I have a 2012 Sorento 6-cylinder. It has 245,000km/152,000m. I hear various opinions on the frequency of Power Steering Fluid Flush. Some input please


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I have a 2012 Sorento 6-cylinder. It has 245,000km/152,000m. I hear various opinions on the frequency of Power Steering Fluid Flush. Some input please
Most people forget to even check the fluid level, let alone replace it. Generally, replacing the power steering fluid every three years or so is a good idea. You can even do it yourself with a clean turkey baster. Just be sure to use the right fluid for replacement. Doing this every few years is a lot cheaper than replacing a dead power steering pump.
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I highly recommend changing the fluid every 40k. I never knew that changing the power steering fluid was a thing, until my pump died a couple weeks ago. The fluid should be clear, and not brown, like mine was. Metal shavings accumulate over time and destroy the pump if the fluid is not changed. Power steering fluid is cheap, a pump is not. Luckily I changed it myself to save on mechanic fees, but a pump was almost $300 Canadian.
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I have actually never had a power steering pump fail... but I have replaced many defective power steering sectors/racks.

Every 3-5 years should work well for most systems.
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There are videos on youtube. I flushed mine by jacking up the front, having someone turning the steering wheel and disconnected the return line to empty the fluid in a tub. Then added new PSF and moved the steering wheel around while filling it up before hitting the road. Very easy.
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Not sure about Kias but some cars can and do use ATF for PSF.
It usually is as easy as DefMan said.
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It might not be the same for later models but my 2007 can use Ravenol SSF.

Itís made in Germany and it meets all Kia requirements.
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Most people forget to even check the fluid level, let alone replace it. Generally, replacing the power steering fluid every three years or so is a good idea. You can even do it yourself with a clean turkey baster. Just be sure to use the right fluid for replacement. Doing this every few years is a lot cheaper than replacing a dead power steering pump.
Exactly what I do. Fill up dixie cups with the old fluid then you will know how much to reinstall. (ex. 3 out = 3 in) Purchase a good quality synthetic power steering fluid with conditioners for the seals.
You can do this yourself. Very easy.
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Not sure about Kias but some cars can and do use ATF for PSF.
It usually is as easy as DefMan said.
Yes, exactly. I flushed with ATF then refilled with Kia PSF 3.

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So on 2012 Sorento can I use different power steering fluid , and what’s the exact amount will take , just making sure i do right way
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