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Old 03-23-2011, 11:42 AM
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DIY: Quick 'n Easy Power Steering Fluid Change

Another share for y'all

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There are two methods to replace the fluid, we’ll do it the trademarked GShack Quick ‘n Easy way

FWIW, our local dealership charges $110++ for a flush. This accomplishes most of what the flush does, for a mere fraction of that cost.

Tools/Parts Needed:

* A fluid transfer pump, similar to what we used in the differential how-to. You can also try a syringe or turkey baster with a flex pipe attached to the end
* DEXRON III/MERCON compatible ATF (or DEXRON VI), we used Mobil 1
* A funnel
* Some rags to wipe up messes, if any

Steps:

1. Open cap by turning to where the caps protrusions line up with the level markers
2. Using your preferred tool, suck the fluid out
3. Fill with your preferred fluid to either cold or hot level
4. Start and warm up the engine, then turn the steering wheel from lock-to-lock several times to get the fluid to circulate
5. Turn off engine
6. Repeat steps 1-5 two or three more times. I only did it three times with just a little bit left in the bottle. The difference in steering feel during the road test was quite noticeable.
7. Verify after your test drive that the fluid level is where it should be.

Edit: There is further discussion on page 2 by malton, vqsmile, TomPeters and kool_yaar. malton has also shared a chart that shows the ideal amount of fluid to use to flush out as much of the old fluid as possible. This is especially good information to have for those who want to do the flush in a short period of time. http://rupromenergo.ru/forums/5818219-post20.html

Notice the difference between old and new fluid.

Old fluid


New fluid

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Nice DIY as usual, i should check mine as well, the before and after pic of the bottle are eye openers! The G should be loving us right now for pampering her so much!
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awesome. i was needing to do this soon. i cant believe the dealer charges that much. Thanks!
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Which exact fluid did you use? and would that be the best?
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Another share for y'all


* DEXRON III/MERCON compatible ATF (or DEXRON VI), we used Mobil 1

C'mon man read the posts and you won't look so silly.
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C'mon man read the posts and you won't look so silly.
That's what confused me, I didn't know steering fluid is transmission fluid. Thanks.
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he has the pic of the fluid he used.
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Was 1 bottle of the mobil 1 sufficient Mike?

You need a CT, "DIY Masta"
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I only did it three times with just a little bit left in the bottle
Ahmmmm... lol
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This DIY seems like a simple and effective way to accomplish the task. On other cars, I've seen the technique used of opening the return hose (from the pump to the reservoir) and pumping out the old into a pan while someone constantly refills the reservoir with new fluid. Theoretically, that would yield nearly 100% fluid change, but I think this method is more than sufficient and will yield indistinguishable results in terms of PS longevity and reliability. Good job Mike!
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^ thats how iv always done my PS changes thus far (return hose) and its always resulted in some mess at least, ever since i learned this suction refill trick about a few years back iv been using it for my clutch and PS on my cars and they have been a time saver and much cleaner and easier, takes a few times to do it but is worth it and you can get the fluid to be nearly brand new with enough suction/fill.

Nice share by mike as usual, i love his gshack site which has very useful/detailed DIY and infos.
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Thanks for the comments and for chiming-in, guys.

All this talk of suction makes me wonder, wouldn't it be nice if automakers would make fluid drains/refills more efficient? I like what VW has done with their 2.0's with the oil filter accessible in the engine bay, right at the top (although you still have to drain from below).

Imagine if there are just a bunch of drain valves for various fluids lined-up, within easy access, and the same thing for fill-tubes?

Ah, wishful thinking.
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Then, the de, uh, stealership service department would be out of business


So, was 1 qt of the ATF fluid enough?
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Good point.

The whole system uses up just a little over a quart, i plan on doing this every other oil change (or roughly 15-17k miles), so a full quart with each instance should be more than enough preventive maintenance.
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Thanks Mike, I'll get 2 qts when I mine

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