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Old 05-12-2006, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Steering rack oil change?

I know it uses AT Tranny Fluid.. and there is reservour bottle behind passanger headlight..

Did anyone know which hose to unplug or how to change it without making mess.. ?

I want to change whole fluid from the steering rack.. I remember dealer did that once when they replaced rack but I don't want it to get all gunked up and brake down the road, this is only fluid I never changed on car..

Any help, suggestions appreciated.
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Old 05-12-2006, 11:57 PM   #2
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The easiest, cleanest way, is to use a large turkey baster, and suck out what's in the resevoir. Refill, start, turn side to side a few times, and repeat.

Disconnecting any hose on the P/S is going to make a mess.
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Old 05-13-2006, 04:34 PM   #3
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I think there might be different way.. there are 2 oil lines coming out from the pump.. high and low preasure one.. High preasure one is the soild metal line, and low one that has rubber hose.. which goes directly to the bottom off reservoir for oil pickup. Somehow use that low preasure to inject new fluid and reservoir with pump to collect old one.. Once the reservoir fills up then empty it up while supplying new fluid thru the low preasure line.

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Old 05-13-2006, 07:53 PM   #4
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alright I managed to change it.. here is what I did.. Pumped out all the AT fluid i could out of the bottle, Reservoir has 2 hoses.. one going towards the pump, one from the return line.. I took out the reservour from inside engine bay, its held by a spring clip, was able to twist hoses so they were still attached without spilling liquid when taking it out. I grabbed empty milk bottle and undid the return line hose. That hose went into the milk bottle, I about 1foot rubber hose same size as I took off and connected one end to bottle and bent the other one, this just to make sure no liquid spills out when I'll be filling the reservoir. For this part u'll need 2nd set of hands, so invite your buddy for few beers and tell him to help ya. Before you start make sure you have at least 3 quarts of oil.. I know it only takes .7qt according to manual but hey I wanted to flush everything out to be sure. Ok so we are ready, return hose in milk bottle catching the old oil, and your other buddy ready to fill the oil into reservoir. Go ahead start the car, then tell your buddy to keep pouring the oil into reservour so it don't go dry while your turing wheels left the to the end and back to the right.. Leave engine at idle, after you go thru about 2 quarts your done. Shut engine off, and reverse connect everything back and top off the reservour to the full marks.. start up the car and do same thing, turn wheels from left to right and check the fluid level, if all good then your all done.. Enjoy..
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Old 05-14-2006, 12:12 AM   #5
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Hmmm... I always *thought* the P/S units used Power Steering fluid.

They use ATF ? wow.
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Old 05-14-2006, 01:32 AM   #6
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That's what my 98 legacy GT uses (ATF fluid)
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Old 05-14-2006, 02:27 AM   #7
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Quote:
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Hmmm... I always *thought* the P/S units used Power Steering fluid.

They use ATF ? wow.
P/S fluid is just a specific marketing for ATF.

I changed out all the fluid in mine when I replaced the pump.....
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Old 05-14-2006, 09:04 PM   #8
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Yep.. they use DEXRON "II" or "III" type fluid
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Old 05-15-2006, 03:57 PM   #9
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Legacy "03 GT sedan P/S pump whine?

My Mom's '03 GT sedan with 4EAT has some slight power steering whine. It only has 40k and I replaced some of the ATF in it and replaced with fresh Dextron III and it is still doing it. Stealership says no TSB's and is NO help.

Is they other way to quiet it down or use a compatable fluid??
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