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This is a general question, although my vehicle is a '96 Geo Tracker (it only has 85k on it). I took it in for routine maintenance and was told the power steering fluid was low and a flush/refill was recommended (it's never been done, which I'll do at some point). I instead had them just add some, which has also never been done. But I read online that this fluid doesn't go down from being 'used up' and a leak is usually the cause of this. So I don't see how a flush/refill would have helped. Seems they should have instead tried to find a leak? Or in your experience, is it normal for the power steering fluid to go down after 16 years? Thanks

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It won't hurt to change the fluid, but the flush is usually more of a revenue generator than something with a provable benefit.  
Hydraulic fluids like power steering are under relatively high pressure, and a miniscule amount can be vaporized or evaporate due to elevated temperatures which can result in lowered levels over many years.  
Personally I'm fond of BG products, and would consider using one of their products.
If you don't have any leakage, you can just change the fluids, and if you wish use an additive.
There is a website - "bobistheoilguy.com that has a mix of real technical expertise and fanatical adherents of one or another product.
I don't remember whether Dexron atf is the fluid for yours or not, but if it is - see if you can find pure synthetic atf - it's FAR superior to any of the other "magic" power steering products on the market.

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Questions regarding the advisability of different kinds of modifications to Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker for various kinds of off-road usage. IF IT'S NOT A SAMURAI/SIDEKICK/TRACKER, I MAY ENTIRELY AT MY OPTION, MAKE A GENERALIZED STAB AT THE ANSWER, BUT WHEN YOU ASK NON-SAMURAI SORT OF STUFF, REMEMBER THAT i'M NO LONGER IN A FIELD I KNOW WELL, AND SOME OF MY RESPONSES WILL NOT NECESSARILY BE OTHER THAN GENERAL INFO. The last Suzuki motorcycle I've had any experience with is a 1966 X-6, when I owned it in 1967.

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I've been a professional mechanic for over thirty five years, live in the center of the Rocky Mountains, and have been active in exploring the old mining/4wd roads for decades. I've specific experience with Samurai modification, because that's my personal vehicle.

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Thirty five years of advanced, intensive classes for experienced professionals only. Manufacturer seminars and training classes averaging four to six weeks per year. I'm now a professional heavy duty fleet mechanic, and no longer deal with issues such as MIL (check engine) lights, and electronics issues on late Suzukis such as Vitara.

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