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Old 07-29-06, 06:04 PM   #1
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o.k. so after doing alot of research here in the forum regarding flushing a power steering. i decided to do this myself. now i got the idea of using a clear vinyl tubing from this guy name ken4 at toyotanation forum on the camry side. but i followed tunedrx300 instruction on how to do this. first thinks first.... you'll need an I.D. 3/8" vinyl tubing, 3/8" x 3/8" I.D. barb to mip adaptor, 3/8" female pipe cap, and 3/8" I.D. barb splicer. all of this can found at lowes or home depot. bought 2 quarts of mobil 1 atf.

So start by jacking up the car.


remove old fluid in the resevior using any old sprayer head or turkey baster.


Once you remove most of the fluid from the reservoir. Remove this bolt here so you can wiggle your return hose out of the reservoir tank.


remove this return line hose using a pliers to squeeze the clamp and a flat head screw driver to push out the hose, be careful doing this not to damage the plastic nipple.


Plug the open line in the reservoir.


Connect this end to the clear vinyl tubing and into a jar or bucket.



After all connection is in place top it off with fresh atf fluid, put your key in the on position, but do not turn on the engine, turn steering wheel fully clockwise and counter clockwise from right to left and just watch old fluid drip to your bucket or jar. Keep on eye on the reservoir fluid level, keep topping off the reservoir while doing this procedure and make sure you don't let the reservoir run out of fluid or air could enter the system. Continue on until you can see clean fluid coming out of the return line.




So there you go, power steering is all fresh and good for 30K miles..

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Old 10-19-06, 07:20 AM   #2
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I can't see pictures. I wonder what happened to this thread?

Also, did the fluid come out because the turning of the P/S wheel from right to left, left to right? or did it come out because of a pump action at the collecting jar?

I suppose I do not need to turn on the engine?

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Updated the pics, for this thread...
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Old 07-31-12, 01:36 AM   #4
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Thanks for the pics. I did this a few months ago and I have to say that having all those connections makes this a super easy job. The hardest part is trying not to spill the fluid out of your return hose.

Also, keeping the drain hose submerged in your drain bucket helps keep the air bubbles to a minimum.
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Thanks ontoy. So simple. Great tutorial!!
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How much tubing should I buy?
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Old 10-05-13, 07:35 PM   #7
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nice one..also how much ATF quantity did you go thro before new clear red fluid was visible. looks like 2 qts?
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Mostly to better bleed any air out of the system, as well as for somewhat better drainage of the old fluid.
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I never knew flushing your power steering fluid was a "thing" to do. I'm definitely going to have to do this now haha.
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Is Amsoil as good as the Mobil 1 fluid?
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Is Amsoil as good as the Mobil 1 fluid?
Yes, AMSOIL is very good. I heard that using powering steering fluid is not recommended as the manual calls for ATF. Any type of synthetic ATF will do a good job.
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So long as you had someone monitoring and keeping fluid in the reservoir, is it feasible to just start the car and let the power steering pump do the work of extracting the old fluid or ... ?
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So long as you had someone monitoring and keeping fluid in the reservoir, is it feasible to just start the car and let the power steering pump do the work of extracting the old fluid or ... ?
No, I think the power steering pump might suck more fluid in than you can replenish - which means your at risk of sucking air in the system and you'll have to bleed it all over again.

Safest way is to put the car on stands and turn the wheels with the car off.

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No, I think the power steering pump might suck more fluid in than you can replenish - which means your at risk of sucking air in the system and you'll have to bleed it all over again.

Safest way is to put the car on stands and turn the wheels with the car off.
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