Power Steering Fluid Question

I recently had my entire Transmission replaced in my 2006 Hyundai Sonata due to a defect. My question is would the Power Steering Fluid have been replaced as part of the transmission replacement? They are trying to tell
me that my Power Steering Fluid is breaking down and needs to be replaced.
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I think you are talking to idiots that are trying to scam you. Ask them what test they did to tell that the fluid is breaking down. In all my years of car ownership, I've never replaced power steering fluid in any car and some have gone 200,000 miles trouble free.
Also, I see no reason to replace steering fluid when the transmission is replaced. Sort of like getting a haircut because your shoelace broke.
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I've disconnected the power steering lines several times when lowering subframes for transmission replacement, but cannot recall whether this is advantageous on the '06 Sonata. Check your paperwork from the transmission replacement. If there's a part number something like npnsteerfd, then it was replaced.
I don't really think whether it was replaced during transmission replacement is really the important question, though. How did the shop determine you fluid was breaking down? What tests did they run to determine this? Don't be afraid to ask these questions. What you're likely to find is that the technician sees it hasn't yet been done or that the fluid is dark in color.
Shops recommend fluid flushes and replacements because they're high profit items. Service advisors and technicians typically get financial incentives beyond their typical pay for these items. Check your owner's manual. You'll see there's no maintenance interval for the power steering fluid. So unless it's really gross, there's *no* good reason to change it.
I don't think I've recommended this repair even once on any vehicle. I will say, however, that some older GM vehicles had some steering problems that fluid flushing will help compensate for or help prevent, so it's not true that this service is *never* a good idea.
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Thanks HyundaiTech. I do not think they did it when I had my transimission replaced but thought I'd ask if it was a common thing done on those types of jobs.
As for the breaking down of the fluid, they simply said it was breaking down no real explanation. I sort of though it was a money maker ploy and I said that I would look at doing it nex time but now I doubt I will. Thanks again!!
Incidentally they also said I was gonna need tires soon but they sure look good to me!!!
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wolfcub27540 wrote: <snip>

Do they know where you park your Hyundai at night? :-)
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Tires do have wear indicators so you can judge for yourself when it is time. Dealers are in business to make money, happy customers is second.
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