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What color is powering steering fluid?

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November 27, 2007 12:53AM

Clear, yellowish clear, or red when new. Over time it becomes brown or black. This color change is normal and not a cause for concern. Red dyes break down before the the oils do and black dyes from the hoses are absorbed into the fluid.

Some (not used in Fords) power steering fluids can be nearly clear with a pale blue or aqua tint.

If the fluid is contaminated with water, DOT3 brake fluid, or DOT4 brake fluid the fluid will take on a milky (grayish or whitish possibly opaque) appearance.

If contaminated with water, the fluid should be flushed.

If contaminated with DOT3 or DOT4 brake fluid, first flush fluid, then replace the pump and rack or gearbox and all hoses and lines and any cooler.