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Old 03-31-2003, 11:18 AM   #11
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Try the Lucas stuff.
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Alright Lucas Stuff here I come. I'll tell you how it does.
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How do I drain the power steeing fluid competly. I tried the turkey baster thing and it didn't get all of it out, and the color of it was dark, real dark like dirty motor oil. I didn't even get a 1/4 quart out of it. It got a little better with the Lucas stuff, but it'* still harder then heck to turn the wheel from a dead stop. How many quarts of fluid will it hold and whats the real color supposed to be. Please help fast.
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Ok I was asked a few days ago and i am sorry i did not respond quicker. This is how it is done.

Chain the power steering unit to the nearest steel pole and drive away.

Seriously there is no set perfect way. There is a machine some garages use that is about $1800.00 and it will cycle and replace the fluid. Backyard guys and handy guys like me disconnect at the power steering cooler line and turn it on ( yes put a pan under it). This will drain it fast. Then I put in new fluid drive for a few days and do it again. I will not recommend doing it yourself, I always suggest using a garage who has the proper flushing system,....but it can be done the way I mentioned. Just donít bug me if you leave the car running too long or if your steering system was going to give up the go it would most likely do so at this time. Also if the hoses are bad you will want to replace the one you pull to drain the fluid. If it is really bad you might as well do the rest. Always be prepared for the worst. Then you have no problems.

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Is there any bolt that I can take off like if I was draining my oil. It'* a NAPA Power Supreme, and theres a bolt on the bottom side of it and it'* not a bolt if I was going to take it off, it'* on the power steering pump itself. Does anyone know what that bolt is for.
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From the GM SI:

Flushing the Power Steering System
1. Raise the front end of the vehicle until the wheels are free to turn.
2. Remove the power steering gear outlet hose from the pump reservoir inlet connector.
3. Remove the plug inlet connector port on the reservoir.
4. Place the end of the return line into a large container in order to catch the fluid that drains from the system.
5. Ask an assistant to fill the reservoir with new power steering fluid. Maintain the level at the FULL COLD mark while flushing the system.
6. Start the engine.
7. Run the engine at idle speed.

Notice
Do not hold the steering wheel against the stops while flushing the power steering system. Holding the steering wheel against the wheel stops will cause high system pressure, overheating, and damage to the power steering pump and/or gear.


8. Turn the steering wheel from stop to stop.

Important
Do NOT re-use any drained power steering fluid.


9. Continue to drain and flush the system until all of the old fluid is cleared from the system. Add approximately 0.9 liter (1 quart) of new fluid in order to complete the flushing procedure.
10. When you have completed the flushing procedure, perform the following additional steps:

A. Stop the engine.
B. Unplug the reservoir inlet port.
C. Reconnect the return line.

11. Fill the reservoir to the FULL COLD level.

Bleed the power steering system
A. Start the engine. Allow the engine to idle.
B. Turn the steering wheel 180-360 degrees in both directions 5 times.
C. Fill the reservoir to the FULL COLD level
D. Switch the ignition off.
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