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Old 12-08-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Power Steering

Forgive me if I'm rehashing an old topic but this forum's search thing kind of sucks.

How often should you change power steering fluid and what pointers do you guys have in the way of type, and tips for doing it?

My 06 LJ has 56k miles, just trying to stay on top of PM

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Old 12-08-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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If I remember correctly it is a 60,000 mile thing. I also always go synthetic when I change that fluid too. I believe it is like an automatic transmission thing where you cannot get all the fluid out, but just the fluid in the reservoir unless you really dig into it? That is the only way I have ever changed it out.

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Old 12-08-2012, 06:22 PM   #3
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First, make sure to only use ATF+4 in your power steering system. Jeep stopped using power steering fluid starting in 2003 when the switch to ATF+4 was made.

You can do a partial change by sucking out what you can from the reservoir using a turkey baster. Or you can do a complete change by disconnecting the connection at the steering box & letting it all drain out.

If you drain it all out, make sure to bleed the air out of the PS system before starting the engine. After filling it up, jack the axle up so the tires are off the ground & fully rotate the steering wheel back & forth 35-40 times which will work the bubbles out. Check the fluid once in a while & don't overfill it at first... the PS fluid rises & falls as you turn the steering wheel so it can overflow if you're not careful.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:22 PM   #4
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Service manual says there is no maintenance schedule for power steering fluid. You just need to check it's level.

I've never changed the power steering fluid and I'm sitting at 78k miles here, I've thought about it though.
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Cool. Sounds easy enough to just check..Jerry's tone makes me think you rarely need to completely flush and refill.

What else is typical at 60k?
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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Cool. Sounds easy enough to just check..Jerry's tone makes me think you rarely need to completely flush and refill.

What else is typical at 60k?
I don't know what you've done previously but here some stuff that should be done by now.

Diff fluid change
Transfer case fluid change
Transmission fluid change
Brake fluid change
Change belt
Spark Plugs
5 year/100k mile coolant change
Grease front end

I know there is more that I can't think of, but that's all easy stuff if you haven't done it yet.
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I don't know what you've done previously but here some stuff that should be done by now.

Diff fluid change
Transfer case fluid change
Transmission fluid change
Brake fluid change
Change belt
Spark Plugs
5 year/100k mile coolant change
Grease front end

I know there is more that I can't think of, but that's all easy stuff if you haven't done it yet.
Awesome

I have done some of that. Brake fluid, plugs, belt, grease, but not the diffs and stuff. Maybe I'll use my new garage and get that stuff done

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