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As a Range Rover owner, I’m intimately familiar with the quirks and idiosyncrasies of this particular vehicle.
And when it comes to reliability, well, let’s just say that “built to last” isn’t the first phrase that comes to mind.
But that’s neither here nor there. Today, we’re here to talk about one particular element of your Range Rover’s maintenance schedule: when to change the power steering system fluids.
What models are affected?
- Land Rover Defender
- Range Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Evoque
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Velar
- Range Rover Vogue
When to replace
In short, you should be replacing your Range Rover’s power steering system fluids every 2 years or 30,000 miles (whichever comes first).
Signs and symptoms it’s time for a replacement
While it’s important to maintain a regular schedule for changing your power steering system fluids, there are some telltale signs that it’s time for a replacement even if you haven’t met your mileage or time threshold yet.
These symptoms include:
- difficulty turning the steering wheel
- whining or squealing noises when turning the wheel
- a groaning or creaking sound when the engine is idling
- a burning smell coming from the engine compartment
List of related OBD codes
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may also see one of the following OBD codes:
- P0551- Power Steering Pressure Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
- P0552- Power Steering Pressure Sensor Circuit Low Input
- P0553- Power Steering Pressure Sensor Circuit High Input
What can happen if not replaced
If you neglect to replace your Range Rover’s power steering system fluids, a variety of problems can arise, including:
- premature wear and tear on the power steering pump
- degraded power steering performance and handling
- damage to the power steering rack and pinion
- expensive repairs down the line
Can it be replaced without a mechanic?
While it’s technically possible to replace your Range Rover’s power steering system fluids on your own, it’s generally not recommended unless you’re an experienced DIY mechanic.
This is because the process involves working with high-pressure fluids and can be dangerous if not done correctly.
It’s usually best to bring your vehicle to a trained mechanic to have this service performed.
Parts you’ll need to replace it
When you bring your Range Rover in for a power steering system fluid replacement, your mechanic will need the following parts:
- Power steering fluid
- Power steering pressure switch (if needed)
Tools you’ll need to replace it
To perform this service, your mechanic will need the following tools:
- A socket wrench set
- A power drill
- A jack and jack stands
- Gloves and eye protection
- A clean drain pan
- Rags or towels for cleanup
How to replace it
Once your mechanic has the necessary parts and tools, they’ll follow these steps to replace your Range Rover’s power steering system fluids:
- Raise your vehicle with a jack and secure it on jack stands.
- Locate the power steering reservoir and use your socket wrench set to remove the filler cap.
- Use your pump to siphon out the old power steering fluid and dispose of it properly.
- Use a clean drain pan to catch any additional fluid that comes out during the next steps.
- Remove the power steering pressure switch (if needed) and replace it.
- Refill the power steering reservoir with fresh power steering fluid.
- Turn your vehicle on and let it run for a few minutes to get the new fluid circulating.
- Turn off the engine and check the fluid level again. Top off as needed.
- Clean up any spills or messes and dispose of all used materials properly.
How often should I replace my power steering system fluids?
As noted earlier, it’s generally recommended that you replace your Range Rover’s power steering system fluids every 2 years or 30,000 miles.
Can I use any type of power steering fluid, or does it need to be a specific brand?
It’s always best to consult your vehicle owner’s manual to find out what type of power steering fluid is recommended for your specific Range Rover model.
Is it safe to ignore symptoms of power steering fluid problems and keep driving?
No! As outlined earlier, ignoring symptoms of power steering fluid problems can lead to expensive repairs down the line. It’s always best to address any signs of trouble as soon as possible.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023