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My power steering fluid is dark brown

Moaning sound when first starting and turning steering wheel, goes away when vehicle warms up

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Place a few drops of fluid on a paper towel. if it spread easily it is good. If it does not spread. change the fluid. The color does indicate a need to change the fluid.

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