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Best way to change power steering fluid

Thread in 'Maintenance / Service' started by Alan Peters, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Alan Peters

    Alan Peters Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I was going to use a suction gun to remove the fluid then pour in new Motorcraft ATF. However, I believe I would have to do this twice since it would not drain the system totally. Is their a better method to my maddness or is this the best way to perform this service?
     
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    Scott Tanner Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I have always removed the return line from the pump, and let it hang over a pan. I let the system drain, then I cap off the return hose fitting on the pump. Then, I crank the engine over, after disconnecting the coil pack (so it won't start) to purge more fluid out. I then pour about 2 qts worth of cheap fluid in the reservior to flush, while cranking and turning wheels left to right. Then, reconnect the return hose and fill with good fluid. It helps to have the front wheels off the ground while turning... :supercool:
     
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    Kevin Palmer Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Here is a reply I had given another member when he was having issues with his pump...



     
  4. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Under the truck is the P/S Cooler......... I used Long hoses and a bucket and funel.....



    I added fluid in the return line and let the old come out into the bucket....



    I did use dam near 5 qts... LOL..



    ALSO It took close to a week of driving to remove all the air..... the steering felt funny for a couple of days, I had NO noise, but it reacted weird when i hit a bump or made turns....



    Todd Z
     
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    This is what I saw on you tube .Get front tires off the ground . Remove return line which is the small line ,plug the end where line came off , aim the line down to a catch pan ,use a baster to suck most old fluid out of reservoir and place a funnel in reservoir .Fill reservoir with new fluid .Turn key to on position dont start truck . Turn steering wheel from lock to lock and keep adding new fluid without reservoir going dry .Keep doing this until new fluid comes out then your done . This would be the way to do it but it would be easier with another person just working the steering wheel back and fourth .
     
  6. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    your killing me....LOL..... The other way is pull the fuel pump fuse AND the CRANK DIODE !!! or the engine will crank forever..lol., hook up the hoses, remove the drain line and ( 2 people) one cranks the engine and the other pours the fluid in.... need to be quick, but I do this, takes 2 bottles and done....
     
  7. Johnny O

    Johnny O Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I suck the pump out every other day with a turkey baster I keep in the garage for that purpose and top it off with Mobil 1 ATF until the quart bottle is empty. I do this about every two years.
     
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    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    That's interesting. Why do you do it so often?
     
  9. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    He does it for a few days only....
     
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    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Ah! I just drain it from the bottom following a similar procedure to what Chrisfix does on YouTube.



    But I only do it about once every two years, so I guess roughly once every 30k miles...or so.
     
  11. Johnny O

    Johnny O Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Correct, only a few times until I have a fresh quart in it.
     

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