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Old 01-16-2010, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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power steering fluid foaming out

Well i just pulled my truck in our shop and say that there is power steering fluid foaming out of the resivor. It has been making moaning and groaning noises lately as its been cold. it also does it when i hit the brakes. I've heard that they are both run off the hydrobooster? I think thats what i read, not really to sure what that even is....but some say to replace that and it will fix the problem. Others say to just flush the power steering fluid and put some new synthetic fluid in. How do you go about doing that..never really done much work with power steering components so bear with me here. Will i have to rebleed the system? Please help me out here guys
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id like to know some stuff about it too...
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I always do the cheapest and easiest first. Suck as much of the ps fluid out as possible with a suction gun or turkey baster, then just refill with a quality synthetic and run it. I would do this 3-4 times to get as much of the old out as possible. Good luck.
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the turkey baster works too. but dont forget to start the motor and turn the wheel and pump the brakes, to circulate the oil.
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ok sounds like im gonna try and flush the system out and put new fluid in....anything else i should check?
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I ended up having to replace my powersteering pump
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If its puking oil out of the PS its NOT going to be a bad powersteering pump. if its puking out the oil, first replace with good syn oil, and if it still does it its the hydroboost thats at fault (the acculimator is dumping its extra stored fluid backinto the PS resivor, causing it to overflow) you can only get a few oz at a time out of the resivor so it will take a couple flush/fills to edventually replace the fluid, if I remember correctly 1quart of fluid will fill the resivor 4 times, so suck empty top up, run engine pump brakes/turn steering, and repeat the cycle again until you have used up all the fluid

hydroboost is found directly behind the Master cyl, it can be replaced in 15mins or less, IF you dont unhook the MC brake lines, just unbolt the MC and push to the side, tie it away so that it wont bend the brake lines, then unbolt the HB,

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For changing power steering fluid you can always just disconnect the rubber line running to the steering box... it will dump ALL of it in one go. Then just retighten and refill!
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Today I used a turkey baster and small hose, filled it back up with royal purple and it still moans and groans although it is getting better. I popped the top and looked in...air is still in there. small bubbles... will try it again later.
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once you aeriate the power steering fluid you have to let it sit for an hour or so for the air to leave the fluid, after you suck it out you need to refill and when the truck starts make sure it does not suck the resivor dry or you will aeriate the fluid again
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I will let it set over night and refill or do you think i need to suck it out again and start over?
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If you only sucked it out once, tomorrow before you start the truck, suck it out and refill, the more times you do it the more fluid gets replaced, If you use up a quart, flushing it, you should have replaced 80-90% of the old fluid,
maybe every morning before starting the truck for the next 3-4 days, suck it out and refill, or do it 3 or 4 times after running the truck for 10-15mins between "flushes",

later on once its been done, everytime you do an oil change, flush the PS fluid (1 flush will be enough)
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