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Doing this service today, 265k on the truck, I do it about every 50~75k. Thinking about it, would be better to do it every 50k along with the oil bypass filter at every 50k interval... (200k, 250k, 300k etc...)
Power Steering Service DIY...
Total time approx 30 minutes... most of it letting it drain.
Total Cost about $5 bux


Locate the power steering lines going to the cooler



Suck it up when the guard dog wants attention



Remove the power steering cap to allow the fluid to drain freely



Remove both lines and let it drain.



once it has stopped drainning, bump the starter a couple of times to move fluid along. I got out alot more fluid when I did this.

when it's done draining, replace both lines on the cooler

this is what I got out of mine... brownish in color (normal according to the manual)



Refill with approx 1 quart of ATF-4 fluid (found at walmart for $4.46/quart)



Fire it up and crank the wheel lock to lock

Check fluid level and top off as needed.

Check for leaks and repair as needed.

Done!

My system took about 34~36 oz of fluid... 1 quart is really all you'll need.
 

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That's a good writeup and a SMOKING deal on the ATF+4! I'll be doing it soon. thanks.
 
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Yeah it is a quick swap that many overlook until something breaks... Take care of your truck and it will take care of you...

At the least just a quick dump & refill takes less than 15 minutes.
 

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I'd recommend at least once a year along with brake fluid.


Brake fluid is another swap often overlooked... I do mine about every 60k as well... Pay a shop to do it with my fluid. 265k on the clock and only pads and rotors so far...
 

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Probably going to be knocking this out this weekend!!
 

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Cool...AH64ID did a similar writeup a few years back as well.

Power Steering Flush
Ah, couldnt find it when I was doing mine so I moved this writeup over from dodgeforum.com. Searched for DIY power steering and it did not come up. Now that I see it I see its over in the 3rd gen tech section which I did not think of in the search.

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Hi guys, looks like a nice, easy way to help out the PS system.

Out of curiosity, has anyone tried "non-atf+4" for power steering fluid?

Not trying to be a sharp-shooter, but doing this kind of a service, is more of a drain, rather than a flush, right? This still leaves the fluid in the lines to the brake booster, and the line to and from the box, right? Wouldn't a 'flush' be more like sticking the return hose in a drain bucket, and then pouring fresh, new fluid in the reservoir while you spin your steering wheel until new fluid is pushed through every part of the PS fluid system? (kinda like a AT service doesn't get the T/C unless you actually have a T/C drain plug, and open it.....)

Again, not trying to be disrespectful, just clarify.

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Yeah you are correct... The most you could do is a few drain & fills. Not sure about using a bucket of fluid, never tried it. Also have never tried any other atf fluid other than the royal purple atf fluid.
 

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....doing this kind of a service, is more of a drain, rather than a flush, right? This still leaves the fluid in the lines to the brake booster, and the line to and from the box, right? Wouldn't a 'flush' be more like sticking the return hose in a drain bucket, and then pouring fresh, new fluid in the reservoir while you spin your steer...

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AH64ID's post describes the procedure for doing a "flush"...new fluid then cranking steering wheel back and forth AND pumping the brakes.

To clarify...

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bumping this thread since its a simple drain and fill, it saved my power steering pump from the horrible whining. I have a 2wd and when I did this I got out over 2 1/2 quarts of fluid and it was a very dark brown with bits and pieces of rubber hosing in it.. very thankful for this information otherwise I would've spent over 800 for a new pump! Also do the power steering cap Mod!!
 

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If your fluid was dark brown, you should do multiple drain & fills until the fluid starts coming out clean. The rubber is a bad sign though so I would plan for a fix down the road.

About a year ago the GF bought a car for her teen that needed some maintenance. One of which was on the whiny power steering system. Shop quoted her over 2k for a new pump and rack. When I was done laughing the boy and i went out drained the fluid, removed the resi, back flushed the resi to clean the screen out and then did a drain & fill on it until the fluid was as expected. Noise went away and system has performed as expected ever since. At some point it would need a R&P swap though as there is an ever so slight leak coming from it. Never hits the floor but I know its there.
 
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If your fluid was dark brown, you should do multiple drain & fills until the fluid starts coming out clean. The rubber is a bad sign though so I would plan for a fix down the road.

About a year ago the GF bought a car for her teen that needed some maintenance. One of which was on the whiny power steering system. Shop quoted her over 2k for a new pump and rack. When I was done laughing the boy and i went out drained the fluid, removed the resi, back flushed the resi to clean the screen out and then did a drain & fill on it until the fluid was as expected. Noise went away and system has performed as expected ever since. At some point it would need a R&P swap though as there is an ever so slight leak coming from it. Never hits the floor but I know its there.
It actually is clean fluid now... I did run one quart of fluid down the resevior during the drain and it did help bring more junk out. After 3k miles since the drain and fill its still a nice red color but it is slowly getting brown again so I am sure one more drain and fill will remove the rest of the junk and contamination. The cap mod also helped remove the pressure from the system otherwise I would've blown the pump.
 
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