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Old 04-18-2008, 01:18 PM   #1
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Changing power steering fluid & bleeding

Well it is the same old line, just bought a 2000 4runner with 112,xxx miles and no service history and I am swapping all the fluids out and tuning it up.

Here is my question:

I want to change the power steering fluid and bleed it. The fluid is dirty and brown. I am looking for tips/instructions on how to do this. I did a search, but did not have much luck.

Also, is there any discount store(s) online that sell factory toyota fluids at a discount price?

Any insight would be much appreciated.

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Old 04-18-2008, 02:05 PM   #2
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The best way to completely flush the system is to pull the return line off the reservoir use a plastic fitting and about 3 feet of hose to extend it and stick it in a bucket. Be sure to plug the fitting coming off the reservoir where you pulled the return line from or fluid will run out when you fill up the reservoir.

Using an assistant fill the reservoir, start the truck and with the wheels in the air turn the steering wheel back and forth. BE SURE to have a bottle of fluid ready to keep the reservoir full. You will have to pretty much steadily pour it in. DO NOT let your pump run dry. The hose in the bucket will be spraying the fluid that is coming from the return. Don't worry it's not under too much pressure. Once it starts spraying clean looking fluid your done.

If you just suck the old fluid out of the reservoir your really only replacing maybe a 1/3 of the fluid in the system.

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Sounds easy enough.

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Old 11-05-2010, 04:54 PM   #4
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let me add a quick side note to this process.
It's almost impossible to keep your res. filled and it sucked a quart in under 10 seconds so prepare to hear sounds like you're low on fluid..
Good news is that a complete cycle of fluid will not take more than 20 seconds or so. prepared to spray a degreaser (409)on the whole area and hose off the spilled and dripped fluid. Bit of a messy job.

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