How to Check the Power Steering Fluid on a Jeep Grand Cherokeeby Christian Killian
Checking the power steering fluid in your Jeep Grand Cherokee should be done any time you suspect a leak or if the system makes any abnormal noises. The pump and reservoir sit on the front driver's side of the motor and consist of the pump, drive pulley and reservoir. The reservoir has a screw-on cap that is clearly marked to indicate that it is power steering fluid. If you ever need to add fluid to the system, be sure to only use a Jeep-recommended fluid in the system.
Open the hood of your Jeep Grand Cherokee. Locate the power steering pump and reservoir on the front driver's side of the engine.
Wipe the cap and area around it with a clean rag or paper towel. This will keep dirt out of the system, when you open the cap, as well as keeping some of the dirt and grease off your hands.
Remove the cover from the power steering reservoir by turning it counterclockwise. Lift straight up on the cover to lift the cover and dip stick out of the reservoir.
Note the fluid level on the dip stick. There are several marks indicating "Add" as well as a mark for "Full." If the level is at or below the "Add" mark, you will need to add a small amount of fluid to the system.
Replace the cap onto the reservoir and turn it clockwise to tighten it. Close the hood of the Jeep, making sure it is latched securely.
Things You'll Need
- Clean rag
- Use only Jeep-approved power steering fluid in the system. Never use automatic transmission fluid or any other fluid than what is recommended in your Jeep owner's manual.
Christian Killian has been a freelance journalist/photojournalist since 2006. After many years of working in auto parts and service positions, Killian decided to move into journalism full-time. He has been published in "1st Responder News" as well as in other trade magazines and newspapers in the last few years.