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    Wink A MUST MAINTENANCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    I just did mine, in prep for an HPDE at Road Atlanta. I hate to admit it, being a gear head and all, but I've never changed PS fluid in my cars before, and never had a problem. BUT, the chocolate goop that I just flushed (appropriate term!) out of my SVTF was scary! My car has 59k well maintained miles (er, except for the PS fluid!). After 59k street miles (zero racing), the PS fluid was literally, no exaggeration, chocolate syrup.

    I am going to run this new Red Line fluid for a while and then flush it again with more Red Line. It only took an hour, and next time prolly 20 minutes, and takes about 2 quarts. Very easy, don't put it off. You can do it all from the reservoir.

    If you have a battery charger, hook it up - it will take some of the load off the battery when doing this: Pop the coolant tank out of the way (leave hoses attached), pull the PS reservoir out of the slots (no screws, just rubber grommets) and dump the reservoir fluid in a milk jug. Pull the small return hose and plug the reservoir barb, attach extension hose to the return hose, drop that in the milk jug. Fill the reservoir with new fluid, pull the electrical harness from the ignitor/distributor thingy, and crank the engine for about 5 seconds while turning the wheel. Fill the reservoir and crank again. Repeat the "crank, turn and fill" until the fluid going to the jug is clear and clean - should take a over a quart. On the last crank leave the reservoir barely empty. Put the return hose back on, replace the reservoir, fill it, and replace the coolant tank. Plug the ignitor back in and run the car, turning the wheel. Check the PS fluid level and top it off if ness. DONE!

    DO IT!!!!!!
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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    I must say. I like your write up. Not bad.

    Im just wondering if you have pictures?
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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    Okay I'm going to do this today, however, in your write up you say dump it into a milk jug. I do not have one. What do I do.

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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    Quote Originally Posted by COSVT03
    I must say. I like your write up. Not bad.

    Im just wondering if you have pictures?
    Yeah, I stood there and thought about it, but I don't have a way to host pics so I couldn't post them anyway. Really tho, the only engineering was the hose extension to get it to the jug. Can you say DUCT TAPE?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by SVTFocus101
    Okay I'm going to do this today, however, in your write up you say dump it into a milk jug. I do not have one. What do I do.
    Hmmmm...... I guess you'll have to go to Publix or Kroger and get a gallon. The real problem comes next - skim or 2%? Or better yet, I recommend getting the chocolate milk - that way the jug won't change color when you dump the fluid in!!!!!
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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    The question is, can he drink the gallon of milk in under an hour and hold it in?

    Any old drain pan works. When we flushed my PS system, we used a plastic bucket, and pulled the hose off of the nozzle on the PS pump, then ran the car for a few seconds to get every last drop out. Messy, but effective. A little PS fluid here and there never hurt anything.
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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    Quote Originally Posted by supersonicsvt
    Hmmmm...... I guess you'll have to go to Publix or Kroger and get a gallon. The real problem comes next - skim or 2%? Or better yet, I recommend getting the chocolate milk - that way the jug won't change color when you dump the fluid in!!!!!
    HAHAHA IT was a joke LOL I am sure I could find something to put it into

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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    I do my PS fluid every year (that's with about 36,000 miles of driving). I've heard of racks leaking, and I often wonder whether people who haven't flushed the fluid have inadvertently caused premature failure of the rack.

    In any case, the $50 or whatever money you spend is good insurance than spending a few $hundred on a new rack/system.
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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    Quote Originally Posted by thefrush
    A little PS fluid here and there never hurt anything.
    Yeah well you've never had it in your ear.


    And i agree, this is one of the items that needs to be flushed every now and again.
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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    Quote Originally Posted by thefrush
    The question is, can he drink the gallon of milk in under an hour and hold it in?

    Any old drain pan works. When we flushed my PS system, we used a plastic bucket, and pulled the hose off of the nozzle on the PS pump, then ran the car for a few seconds to get every last drop out. Messy, but effective. A little PS fluid here and there never hurt anything.
    No, no, no. Pull the excitor wire. No need to run the pump at engine speed and make a mess. The idea is to have everything dry in your engine bay so you'll know when you have a real leak.

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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    My Ford Fast Lane advisor told me I needed this done...my fluid is low and chocolatey as well! For $50, I'll get 'er done on the next oil change...
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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    I've been changing mine the "slow" way. I drive it to work and back and I use a turkey baster to remove all of the fluid from the reservoir and I refill with fresh fluid...I don't think anyone pointed out that the SVT used ATF in the PS and not PS fluid. My fluid was also chocolate colored and thick and after going through this process with 2 quarts of fluid it is almost completely changed out. Yes this process does take longer and uses more fluid but it is not messy at all.

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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    I was todl to use red line ps fluid not atf fluid
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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    ^^I can't speak about Redline, but I can tell you that Valvoline Synth PS is not the way to go. Within a couple of days there was a squeeking during any steering load. It feel like rubbing a wet finger on glass sort of. A week later I changed the fluid out and filled with Amsoil ATF that I had in the garage. It took a couple of days to return to normal; no more squeek.

    FWIW, I've never read of anyone complaining about Redline PS though.
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    Default Re: A MUST MAINTENENCE ITEM: Power Steering fluid flush

    I put redline ps fluid in about 60k miles ago. No failures since. It's pretty much required if you do any extended high rpm driving.


 
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