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Old 05-04-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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I had to replace the secound half of the high pressure line on my 96 Achieva due to it was leaking pretty good, so about an hour later I had the old line removed and the new one installed. I then went on to getting all of the air out of the syatem by turning the steering wheel lock to lock for about 10 minutes and I was able to remove the air from the system. When I looked at the fluid to see if I need to add any I noticed that the fluid looks like a muddy brown color which I know is not a good color so I am not really for sure how to flush the system the right way so I am turning to yall for helpfull advice so I can get all of that nasty fluid out. Thanks.
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only way I know of is taking it to one of the quick lube places to totally flush out the power steering system.. they have special machine to flush it out with detergent, then replace with power steering fluid

it'* all done right through the power steering reservoir cap opening, takes about 20 minutes, as they flush it multiple times to get all the gunk out
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I was looking into taking it into a shop but what they are wanting to charge me I decided that was a little to much for me to pay so I decide to ask everyone here in this form on how to do it. I don't think it is hard to do it but how to do it I'm running into dead ends on that.
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you can drain it with a turkey baster at home fill it with atf run it till it warms up then drain it all out and refil. it is a trick I have used in the old days but the high detergent really cleaned everything out nicely
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It would be quite a sloppy mess and hours of turkey bastering...
one of them jobs you pay to get done
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I have used a suction gun (probably works similar to the turkey baster) to suck as much power sterring fluid out of the resevoir as possible then replace it with fresh fluid. Start the engine and turn the wheels lock to lock 3 or 4 times, stop the engine suck out the fluid and repeat the process. After you do it 3 to 5 times you shouild notice that the fluid you are removing is just as fresh looking as new fluid you are putting in. I do this as routine maintenance every 50-70k so my fluid never gets real bad but, it should solve your problem for the cost of a couple quarts of fluid.
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I have used a suction gun (probably works similar to the turkey baster) to suck as much power sterring fluid out of the resevoir as possible then replace it with fresh fluid. Start the engine and turn the wheels lock to lock 3 or 4 times, stop the engine suck out the fluid and repeat the process. After you do it 3 to 5 times you shouild notice that the fluid you are removing is just as fresh looking as new fluid you are putting in. I do this as routine maintenance every 50-70k so my fluid never gets real bad but, it should solve your problem for the cost of a couple quarts of fluid.
exactly the turkey baster is just available at the dollar tree. I also had luck with atf as the high detergent really helped clean out any thing growing in your fluid.
not high tech but it always worked
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It would be quite a sloppy mess and hours of turkey bastering...
one of them jobs you pay to get done
you would think but it is sur[prisingly simple the whole process might take you an hour. I know it is hokey by todays standards but it always worked. same with clutch fluid but I never tried atf in the clutch although a mechanic friend used wesson oil a few times and claimed it was the best stop leak on the market
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you would think but it is sur[prisingly simple the whole process might take you an hour. I know it is hokey by todays standards but it always worked. same with clutch fluid but I never tried atf in the clutch although a mechanic friend used wesson oil a few times and claimed it was the best stop leak on the market

and you can make some French Fries afterwards!!!
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Well I don't half to worry about any leaks since I fixed the leak it did have but I think I will disconnect the return line from the pump and put a long piece of rubber hose from the return line and the pump into a bucket and then proceed to flushing to system by turning the steering wheel lock to lock until all I get is clear fluid from the return line. After I get cleat fluid I may go on and add a power steering filter to help keep the system clean.
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