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Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? #4519128
09/18/17 05:02 AM
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ZZman Offline OP
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I know a hose can be pulled and all the fluid pumped out as new fluid is added. I know many use the "turkey baster" or some type of suction method to empty the reservoir and refill it many times to replace old fluid with new.
What technique do you use and how many refills of the reservoir do you think it takes to do a decent job replacing the fluid?


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519129
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I so far have done the reservoir technique only. Tempted to try the hose method.


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519131
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I've been considering same.

Concerned about how fast fluid is pumped out and getting air in the system (if this is a problem?)...


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519132
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I use the suction method with a fluid extractor. I usually do it three times to get the old stuff out.


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519134
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syringe method here...

Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519141
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Originally Posted By: ZZman
I so far have done the reservoir technique only. Tempted to try the hose method.


Same here. Turkey baster or regular siphon from reservoir until it is empty or near empty. Refill to proper level. Turn wheel back/forth a few times. Repeat some time later, if desired.

Easy peasy.

Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519145
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Turkey baster method every oil change.


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519161
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I have a Mityvac air-powered brake bleeder, and use it to suck the fluid out of the reservoir and refill. It's quick and easy, and I do it about once a year on all my cars. The fluid stays nice and fresh; never had any PS pump or rack failures (knock on wood). The people who typically have problems are the ones who never change their PS fluid.

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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519165
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If it's easy I pop the return line. Otherwise I use the turkey baster method, doing it over a period of a few days. Extract, refill, drive, and repeat the process a few times. So far so good using both methods.


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519167
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Turkey baster.


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519168
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I only do the remove the return hose method, on some cars it takes less time than messing around with a baster and you get a proper fluid change not just a little bit cleaner dirty fluid.
You might as well change the engine oil a qt at a time for all that's worth, its almost a worthless exercise.


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: Trav] #4519189
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I pull the return hose and suck out the reservoir. I then remove and clean the reservoir. Reinstall and fill with fresh fluid. Connect drain hose to return line and start/stop engine a few times while filling reservoir. It does pump out fast.

Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ARB1977] #4519193
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Originally Posted By: ARB1977
Turkey baster method every oil change.


Same here.


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: ZZman] #4519198
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My ps pump has a plastic fitting where the return hose goes. I'm not messin with that!


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Re: Fave power steering fluid replacement technique? [Re: Trav] #4519202
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Originally Posted By: Trav
I only do the remove the return hose method, on some cars it takes less time than messing around with a baster and you get a proper fluid change not just a little bit cleaner dirty fluid.
You might as well change the engine oil a qt at a time for all that's worth, its almost a worthless exercise.

I was getting some terrible pump whine at the end of my autocross runs, so I tried the baster(actually a 100ml syringe and tube) method with 500ml of synthetic fluid and right away the pump whine was gone, so it is better than nothing!
If you don't have a lift or want to mess around with old PS fittings, it does the trick even if it takes a few minutes.


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