recommended power steering fluid flush procedure? - TTORA Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 15
recommended power steering fluid flush procedure?

Hi guys and gals. I have a 98 TRD V6 Tacoma that's about 200k miles young. To make a long story short, when an axle bearing went out during a long road trip and I was forced to stop at a dealership to get it fixed (who ended up being really nice people for once, a shout out to Lake Charles LA Toyota), they told me that among other small maintenance needs, it could use a flush of the power steering fluid.

My question is, will it be good enough to pump out as much fluid from the reservoir as possible using my handy fluid evacuator, and then topping off with fresh ATF, or is there another way to more fully drain the system? Other than the fluid looking grimy, there are no symptoms of system weakness such as noises or stiffness in steering.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
bibi_mwewe is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 07:28 PM
Veteran Member
 
sasaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,900
yep suck as much out as you can top off drive around for a while and do it all over again to be sure all the old crap is out. atf is cheap anyways. my power steering was growling like a bitch, and when i sucked the old fluid out it looked like mollasses topped of drove a while did it again and my steering is smooth and noice free.

Never make your passion your occupation. it will loose it's luster and become work. that's why i never wanted to become a gynecologist!
1997 toyota 4 runner. lc coils and donahoe coils goin on soon with 255 75 17 brk km's on titan rims
sasaholic is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 08:30 PM
Veteran Member
 
Tacoma4life's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Black Hills of South Dakota
Posts: 757
Exactly, you can pump (or drain via disconnecting the return line) and fill three times with a single quart of fluid. Just drive around a few miles (or start and idle it a bit) after each fill. My PS fluid is super clear and fresh now.

In case you want a fluid recommendation, I used Valvoline MaxLife Dex/Merc ATF fluid and it works great. Dextron II ATF is what it requires, not power steering fluid...

-Peter

2002 Double Cab Prerunner to 4x4 swap
2.7 (3RZ) with a 5-speed manual
Manual locking hubs
Aussie Locked front diff
Trail Gear rock sliders
Home made bumpers and skids
Airbag delete/dash swap from a 1997 (because I wanted too...)
Tacoma4life is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 08:35 PM
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 7
you could use denaturated alcohol (blue stuff) ,cleans very well
ikrete is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 09:12 PM
Member Dismemberer
 
ShowStop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: SoCal
Posts: 17,532
Garage
Send a message via Yahoo to ShowStop
Follow the steps detailed in this thread:
PS Flush

Next Socal TTORA event - Winter break / Snow run TBD
www.ttora-socal.com
SoCal TTORA on Facebook
ShowStop is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2010, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 15
Thanks, everyone. I had searched in this particular forum for advice, didn't think to check in Early Tech for details. Sounds like either sticking with repeated use of the Mityvac or pulling off the return hose would work just fine...
bibi_mwewe is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-24-2014, 06:43 PM
Member
 
firewood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: West Virginia and Pennsylvania
Posts: 71
My '09 (4.0 V6) has around 56-57K miles on it. When doing the seat belt bolt recall work at the dealer, they wanted to flush/replace the steering fluid for $99.00, saying it was very dark.

1.) Is this a good age/mile mark to do this job?
2.) Can I do a reasonably good job myself draining (turkey baster), running, and refilling a few times, or is it significantly better to have them do it?
3.) If I do, what fluid should I buy for this vehicle?

Also, is this a good time to bleed/flush/replace brake fluid?

July '09 White SR5 TRD Off-Road Tow Package Access Cab; 4.0, 5-sp automatic; rear susp. TSB, ARE fiberglass cap/topper. Looking for woods-driving and firewood hauling/towing suggestions. I like dark beer too.
firewood is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-25-2014, 11:39 AM
Veteran Member
 
Dick Foster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Nevada City, NorCal
Posts: 12,907
I would recommend NOT running the pump dry. If it makes unlubed metal to metal contact at any time the pump will be done for as you'll score the walls of the pump cavity. I've had them apart a few times. It has metal vanes in a metal cavity.

BTW Toy says use ATF instead of PS fluid. I run Redline which is good for either type of system. It's expensive but good stuff.

Drain, then fill the system. Crank up the engine then turn the wheel lock to lock a couple of times then shut it down and walk away for a couple of hours to let any bubbles or foam settle out. Restart then top up as necessary. Job done.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ShowStop View Post
Follow the steps detailed in this thread:
PS Flush

I admit to being Crazy but I'm not Stupid
Dick Foster is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-26-2014, 11:01 AM
Senior Member
 
DETrOi529's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Hawaii Island
Posts: 283
Quote:
Originally Posted by firewood View Post
My '09 (4.0 V6) has around 56-57K miles on it. When doing the seat belt bolt recall work at the dealer, they wanted to flush/replace the steering fluid for $99.00, saying it was very dark.

1.) Is this a good age/mile mark to do this job?
2.) Can I do a reasonably good job myself draining (turkey baster), running, and refilling a few times, or is it significantly better to have them do it?
3.) If I do, what fluid should I buy for this vehicle?

Also, is this a good time to bleed/flush/replace brake fluid?
It originally went in for seat belt bolt work. The dealer trying to make some money if asking about power steering fluid.
DETrOi529 is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-10-2014, 07:56 PM
Member
 
firewood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: West Virginia and Pennsylvania
Posts: 71
Very delayed response, but better late than never. I figured that is what has been going on; the dealer is doing forced free work and they want money. The steering has been fine, and I figure I should wait a while before doing it. Is there a recommended odometer mark for replacing the steering fluid?

July '09 White SR5 TRD Off-Road Tow Package Access Cab; 4.0, 5-sp automatic; rear susp. TSB, ARE fiberglass cap/topper. Looking for woods-driving and firewood hauling/towing suggestions. I like dark beer too.
firewood is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TTORA Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
98 tacoma leaking engine oil, power steering fluid and question on transmission fluid sinful Early Tacoma Tech 13 10-11-2009 08:47 PM
power steering flush RAB89 Early Tacoma Tech 6 08-18-2009 01:45 PM
Power steering flush Bent Wheel Early Tacoma Tech 2 02-02-2007 06:48 AM
Power Steering Flush? Spacecwboy Early Tacoma Tech 3 12-12-2005 07:00 PM
Power Steering Pump Flush, Drain, Lifespan? Beave Early Tacoma Tech 6 01-07-2005 11:58 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome