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Old 03-06-14, 12:16 PM
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power steering fluid change

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I was told my power steering fluid was dirty.
I have a 2007 Toyota Corolla LE and wanted to know if changing the fluid is a job for the average guy or do I need a specialist?
How is it done?
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Old 03-06-14, 12:49 PM
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You can just use a baster or a hand pump available at an auto store and suck it out of the reservoir. Might need to attach an extension hose to end of the baster or pump. Then refill with appropriate fluid.

You won't get it all out...but if you do it twice...it should be fine.
 
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Use a turkey baster to suck the fluid out of the reservoir and replace the fluid with the correct type. It should be listed in your owners manual or even on the reservoir itself what fluid to use.

I do this each time I change the motor oil and that constant replenishing keeps the fluid fresh.

I had a '98 Corolla and changed my own oil. Every other oil change I would do a drain & Fill of the automatic as well after about 50k miles. Very easy to do while you are under there. Again it kept the ATF fresh and the car ran smoothly to 200k when I sold it.

Periodic radiator drain & fills is good too.
 
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I saw a tutorial and hey had to disconnect the hoses etc.
I never thought of the baster or siphon and am glad I wrote.
I usually get the best answer here. Two times it is after a little driving in between.
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Dude, don't mess with PS lines. You'll have leaks and leaks to fix later. Just suck it out and replace. Add LUcas treatment and let it be.
 
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Power steering

I watched a tutorial on YouTube.
It showed where a person did what you said by sucking out the fluid and putting more in. Then after a week of driving with new fluid, he sucked it out again and put more new fluid in.
To be sure the level is right, do you do it hot or cold - I saw hot and cold on the reservoir but did not know which is the best.
Do you use power steering fluid designed for your car. Like I said I have a 2007 Toyota Corolla and don't know if I should get the Toyota one or one from Walmart.
I think I saw them put transmission fluid in the power brakes but I am not sure.

So, which fluid and hot or cold level?
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It doesn't matter hot or cold. Thats why the lines are there. Fill it to the right point, based on your engine and system temp. Just get a fluid designed for your car...from the dealer will be crazy expensive. WalMart or a parts place is fine.

Trans fluid in the brakes? That person is just stupid.
 
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Old 03-09-14, 08:37 PM
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You may end up bleeding air out of PS system. it's piece of cake and sort of fun to do.
Simply buy PS fluid from Walmart. Buy a large can, as you'll dump most of it anyway, over the period of few weeks.
 
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air

So with the cap off and no special equipment, I just use a baster to remove some fluid and add some new.
I am not adding air but maybe removing it?
 
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Yes, suck out what you can and refill with new fluid. It's that easy.
 
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Thanks a lot. I appreciate the help.
 
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