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post #1 of 19 Old 02-24-2010, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Ever flushed your powersteering?

Well I just flushed mine today. Easy easy easy. That ATF was burnt to heck too. I just pulled the bumper and grille cause I though it'd be easier and it really doesn't matter. If you wanna put an inline filter on the PS then pull the bumper cause it frees up a lot of space.
I took off the grille, hopefully you know how to do that. If not, there are just four screws up top and four clips underneath that just need to be popped loose.





I took off the bumper then. It's just four bolts, two beside the passenger tow hook and two beside the driver side one. 18mm bolts.





To take off the bumper, make sure you pop out the plastic rivets on the underside and inside of the bumper. Two are for the block heater cord, three are for the big mat under there to direct air flow into the radiators.



The PS radiator is the small one at the very bottom.




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Next you go the brake booster and remove this rubber hose off the nipple.









Next is a 3/8" ID piece of tubing. You can find it at Lowe's at the plumbing section. Just slide that on there. It's a tight enough fit and pressure is low enough it won't leak.







You can see I'd already started the process. It is SLOW to pump if you just have the truck on and that's it. It's best to have someone in there pumping brakes and steering side to side with wheels off the ground. That makes sure to get all the old stuff out. Have them do that and then just keep adding fluid. It doesn't drop too fast, don't worry. But you'll be getting in and out A LOT if it's just you.




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You think this is good 2 do? I've never done mine.

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The best place I found to see the fluid level in the reservior was approaching from this direction.



And I was looking over it all like this



This is the filter I used







Don't have any pics of it installed, I'll try for some tmrw. But it wasn't hard. Just cut the line at the bottom of that radiator. The flow is into the radiator from the bottom and out from the top, which seems weird but that's the way it is. Don't start that thing up with a line pulled off, it makes a mess.



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You think this is good 2 do? I've never done mine.
Well that fluid was disgusting and burnt. It's ATF so if ATF in your trans is burnt, you change it. Mine was burnt in my PS system. Can't hurt to have clean fluid in.



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To tell the truth, I have never heard of it unless of course you spring a leak or change the pump. I never even thought of it. Thanks for the idea.

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Kind of off topic...but does one need to "bleed" the powersteering system? I only ask because of the nipple...

I just changed out one of the lines and was wondering...

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Kind of off topic...but does one need to "bleed" the powersteering system? I only ask because of the nipple...

I just changed out one of the lines and was wondering...
Not sure. I think that the air will circulate all the way back to the reservoir and rise to the top.

I forgot to add, I used Mobil 1 syn ATF. Only would up using 2.5 qts to flush it out but then effhed up when I had a line off while it was running by the radiator to see which way flow was. Lost a lot of it and then I was refilling and trying to cycle out air by pumping the brakes and guess what? I had that line off of the booster so I lost a bit there. Finally, after I got it back filled up, I used almost 4 qts



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Good idea,Let me make sure how this works,you fill the pump,and the oil will come out of the hydro-boost ,right?
But what's weird with my truck-when jacked up and I turn the wheels left and right,(for doing brakes,checking tightness of components-etc.),it blows fluid out the cap on the pump and all over the frame,but if I turn extremely slowly,it doesn't always do it.(well not as bad if it does).
Is this normal or what?
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will this possibly get rid of my annoying power steering wine?

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