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Unread 07-06-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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Changing Power Steering Fluid?

The QuickieLube place says I need my power steering fluid changed, and they want about $70 for the job. Is this something I can do myself? Does anyone know how to go about it? Any help at all is appreciated.

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Unread 07-06-2010, 01:01 PM   #2
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Bump. I'd also like to know how do this. Thanks.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 01:13 PM   #3
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Why do you need to change your power steering fluid?
Sounds like the Lube Shop needs your hard earned money!!!
Check your owners manual for change intervals (if there is one), otherwise if it aint broke, don't fix it>
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Unread 07-06-2010, 05:25 PM   #4
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The recommended fluid for the power steering system is Mopar® Power Steering fluid + 4 or Mopar® ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid. Both fluids have the same material standard specifications (MS-9602).

Mopar® ATF+4 (and Mopar® Power Steering fluid + 4), when new, is red in color. ATF+4 is dyed red so it can be identified from other fluids used in the vehicle such as engine oil or antifreeze. The red color is not permanent and is not an indicator of fluid condition. As the vehicle is driven, ATF+4 will begin to look darker in color and may eventually become brown. THIS IS NORMAL. ATF+4 also has a unique odor that may change with age. Consequently, odor and color cannot be used to indicate the fluid condition or the need for a fluid change.

NOTE: Although not required at specific intervals, the fluid level may be checked periodically. Check the fluid level anytime there is a system noise or fluid leak suspected.

There is no scheduled maintenance for changing the fluid.

The wife had her oil changed at one of the quick lube places, came home and they had told her that she needed to have her injectors cleaned for $90. RIGHT! A Hemi that's getting 19 mpg doesn't need any injector work performed other than, maybe, a can of injector cleaner in the tank once in awhile.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 07:13 PM   #5
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Ok, well glad I asked! They told me the fluid was "dirty" and that the recommended interval was 30k miles; my Compass Has 37k. RTFM indeed. Thanks, tknarr and Gramps!
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Unread 07-09-2010, 08:31 AM   #6
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Hi M8s! I changed my PS fluide in June 10, at 75K for the first time, and this even if the fluid was looking normal. The easiest way to do it for a none mechanic like me (us):

First, locate the PS reservoir, just behing the coolant and windsheild washer reservoir. Open it, and using a suction device such as a cyringe (big one), I used one with a 6" clear tube a the end to reach all the way in the reservoire. Empty the reservoir, refill it with new ATF-4 PS fluid, specifications (MS-9602). Put the cap back on, then start the engine, turn the stering completely to the left, than completely to the right and return to center, kill the engine and re do the first step again.

Do this until the Qts is empty. The PS fluid capacity is about 1.1 qts, here in Canada we have litres, so I have more than anough. This ensure a complete turn around in the system, and I don't get stuck with left overs.

This is a crude methode, but it does not involve breaking any lines or requiring any special tools and so on, and you keep your $ in your pockets. The process takes about 30 min to complete and the cost is only the PS fluid. Please ensure to properly dispose of your used lubricants.

General rule of thum, change your fluids every 2 Yrs, brakes, PS, and Coolant, the 2 Yrs rule does not apply for the engine oil naturaly.


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Unread 07-09-2010, 03:03 PM   #7
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Thanks, Steiner--I had considered a similar method wondering if it would work. I have a manual pump that I use for removing gasoline from my lawnmower and snow blower at the end of their respective seasons. Should save me quite a few bucks.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 09:54 PM   #8
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I've owed a lot of vehicles and have never changed the power steering fluid nor have heard of it being changed. It won't hurt but I don't know if it will help either.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 11:36 PM   #9
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The 2 most neglected fluids in any vehicle is the brake fluid and PS fluid.

I won't get into brake fluid................

As far as the PS fluid,it's a high pressure hydraulic system without a cooler(in your case) with a capacity or about 2 qts(or less).Your PS system takes the same fluid as the auto trans(non-CVT) and is toasted after reaching 200+ degrees and needs to be changed,oh looky that is the normal operating temps of your PS system.Might want to price out a R&P steering gear and it's labor,changing your PS fluid every 30k will seem like a bargain.



Oh and Gramps might want to actually research what a fuel induction cleaning does and what a "dry intake" is and why it needs a induction cleaning often.Just throwing cleaner in the gas tank does nothing in a "dry intake".
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Oh and Gramps might want to actually research what a fuel induction cleaning does and what a "dry intake" is and why it needs a induction cleaning often.Just throwing cleaner in the gas tank does nothing in a "dry intake".
It's always nice to supply links if you're trying to be helpful.

Fuel and Induction System Cleaning

Best Way - Air Fuel Induction Cleaning | eHow.com
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