Change power steering fluid quickly and easily and save the $55 shop charge. Simply siphon out the old and add fresh fluid.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:June 2009
Siphon the old fluid from the reservoir and refill with new fluid.
There aren’t any test strips for power
steering fluid, so you’ll have to rely on
the manufacturer’s service recommendations
or general rule-of-thumb (two
years or 24,000 miles). Use the turkey
baster method to remove the old power
steering fluid. Suck out all the fluid
(engine off) as shown. Then refill the
reservoir with fresh fluid. Start the
engine and let it run for about 15 seconds.
Repeat the fluid swap procedure
until you’ve used up the full quart.
Note: Never substitute a “universal”
power steering fluid for the recommended
type, and never add “miracle”
additives or stop-leak products. They
can clog the fine mesh filter screens in
your steering system and cause expensive
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll need a baster for a siphon.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
Power steering fluid
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