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Old 02-10-2013, 08:53 AM   #1
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Power steering fluid change

What is an easy non-polluting way to do it? The stealership wants 85$ to do it.

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Old 02-10-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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yes suck it out with a turkey baster put it in a plastic bottle and take it to like autozone or most parts store and drop it off.
doing it this way will replace about 90% of the old fluid and that is pretty good

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Make sure to use the right power steering fluid too. 2002 and older TJs require power steering fluid while 2003 and newer requires ATF+4.
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Great to know that Jerry. I did not know there was different power steering fluids.....
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Great to know that Jerry. I did not know there was different power steering fluids.....
I had the momentary "wtf, Chrysler?" moment when i first learned that. The same moment i have whenever i find a metric bolt on one end of a part, and a SAE bolt on the other end. Then i realized the fluid change was because they switched to a Mercedes steering box and decided that they get a pass for that one. I'm as "buy American" as most of the people here, but where precision engineering and durability count, i tip my hat to the Germans.
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yes suck it out with a turkey baster put it in a plastic bottle and take it to like autozone or most parts store and drop it off.
doing it this way will replace about 90% of the old fluid and that is pretty good
Getting ready to do mine with the rest of the fluid run. Is sucking it out with a turkey baster really legit?
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Yes, turkey baster... absolutely.
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Yes, turkey baster... absolutely.
Haha awesome. You're awesome as always Jerry.

No need to flush the whole system then as most of the fluid is in the resovoir?
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How often should this be done?
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Yes, turkey baster... absolutely.
I bought some 60cc irrigation syringes on Amazon (no needles). 3/8" clear tubing fit over the end and this combo makes it easy to reverse bleed brakes (from the caliper or wheel cylinder), suck out diff fluid without removing the cover, or fill the transfer case.

I'll use the same set up to remove PS fluid.

As asked above, just the reservoir or jack the front end and move the wheels to circulate the new fluid?

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How often should this be done?
There's no schedule for this, just do it if the fluid is looking dirty.

Sucking it out using a turkey baster only gets most of what's in the reservoir so it takes several times to really get all of it plus what's in the lines and steering box Suck out what you can from the reservoir, refill, start the engine & turn the steering back & forth a little, do it again until it looks clean.

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