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Old 01-29-2006, 12:01   #1 (permalink)
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steering fluid ques?

Is there a proper way to change steering fluid??
-Do you have to bleed the line somehow to keep air out??
-or can you just siphon off the resevoir and replace a few times?

Thanks

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Old 01-29-2006, 14:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: steering fluid ques?

"WG" <wgilmour@i-zoom.net> wrote:

> Is there a proper way to change steering fluid??
> -Do you have to bleed the line somehow to keep air out??
> -or can you just siphon off the resevoir and replace a few times?
>
> Thanks
>


How much mess you willing to make?

Best way to do it is remove return (low pressure) line at the pump, extend
it and drain into bucket as you idle car and turn wheel slowly lock to
lock, till fluid runs clear.

Best done with a helper, must keep fluid in reservoir, by adding, as you do
that.



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Old 01-29-2006, 15:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: steering fluid ques?

The easiest way is to remove the return line from the pump and place it
securely into a quart container. Have somebody start the car then turn the
wheel from lock to lock, while you pour clean fluid into the tank to
replace the fluid going into the container. Do so until the fluid entering
the container is clean, two quarts should do the job. Do NOT let the pump
run low


mike hunt


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> Is there a proper way to change steering fluid??
> -Do you have to bleed the line somehow to keep air out??
> -or can you just siphon off the resevoir and replace a few times?
>
> Thanks
>



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Old 01-29-2006, 16:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: steering fluid ques?

If I decide to do just a partial change by siphoning the resevoir then
refilling, does this put air in the line or is this OK to do??
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Old 01-29-2006, 16:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: steering fluid ques?

If I decide to do just a partial change by siphoning the resevoir then
refilling, does this put air in the line or is this OK to do??
Thanks

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Old 01-29-2006, 18:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: steering fluid ques?

"WG" <wgilmour@i-zoom.net> wrote:

> If I decide to do just a partial change by siphoning the resevoir then
> refilling, does this put air in the line or is this OK to do??
> Thanks
>


Well, the system holds about 40 oz, the reservoir about 6-8 oz

why bother!

If your engine uses one quart between oil changes, do you just change the
filter? After all, 25% of the oil is being changed, that way.

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Old 01-29-2006, 21:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: steering fluid ques?

WG wrote:
> If I decide to do just a partial change by siphoning the resevoir then
> refilling, does this put air in the line or is this OK to do??
> Thanks
>

It is perfectly fine to do. No this will not get air in the lines. And
it is alot better than not doing anything. And its not the end of the
world if you get air into the system.
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Old 01-29-2006, 22:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: steering fluid ques?

WG wrote:
> Is there a proper way to change steering fluid??
> -Do you have to bleed the line somehow to keep air out??
> -or can you just siphon off the resevoir and replace a few times?
>
> Thanks
>


on a slightly different subject, I bought a used 02 Escort. The PS fluid
is black. Kinda reminds me of the old Arco graphite oil. What's up with
that?

I suspect that I should change the fluid. The manual I downloaded says
to use Mercon ATF fuild. Is that still the case or should I try the
clear fluid I can buy?
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Old 01-30-2006, 08:01   #9 (permalink)
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It may not infuses air into the system but it will not remove the dirt
either.

mike hunt


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> If I decide to do just a partial change by siphoning the resevoir then
> refilling, does this put air in the line or is this OK to do??
> Thanks
>



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