The screen is stronger than you think, but I wouldn't go jamming it every time. I attached a piece of rubber hose on the end of the turkey baster I was using.
Good to see someone keeping up on the power steering. When I bought my second gen Tacoma it appeared it had never been changed in 128K miles. I decided to do the flush, which is relatively easy on these trucks. A year and 12K miles later it's starting to look dirty again, not near as bad but still getting dirty. Gonna do it again; betting after that it'll be good for a while.
Right on, thanks. I’ll be more careful now. Definitely wasn’t jamming the hose in there, but I was poking around trying to suck stuff off the bottom.
Same situation here, my 05 Tundra I just picked up has 124k. Never been touched. The fluid smelled so bad! I just did a UOA on the transmission (never serviced) the WS fluid in it held up good all these years.