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Old 11-13-2010, 04:14 PM
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Default Power steering drain/fill

I have a 1999 Ranger 2WD sport, 2.5L. It belonged to my father, and the power steering fluid was really dirty (black) and I just drained it and refilled.

I disconnected one of the hoses from the PS reservoir and let all the fluid drain out. Then I refilled it. There was still some of the old stuff left in the system (the other hose or the gearbox) so it's not really "clean."

I was wondering if anyone has a good method for flushing the PS system.

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Old 11-13-2010, 04:18 PM
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Default Re: Power steering drain/fill

Lucas Products makes a great power steering treatment. Grab a bottle at ADVANCE and fill the res to the required mark.
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Old 11-13-2010, 05:56 PM
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Default Re: Power steering drain/fill

after you refill the reservoir, start the truck and turn the wheel back and forth, then redrain and refill the reservoir, do this two or three times. the power steering pump pumps the fluid when you turn to the right.
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:15 AM
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Default Re: Power steering drain/fill

I did turn the wheel a few times with the engine running, to bleed the system, but I will drain and refill a couple more times.

So the PS pump only pumps fluid when you turn it to the right? What pressure drives the gearbox back to the left?

Thanks for the tips.
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:02 AM
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Default Re: Power steering drain/fill

There's a way to do it so that it goes all the way through the system while the engine is running. It involves unplugging one of the hoses and letting that drain while having the engine running but you have to keep the fluid in the resevoir while doing so.

I have no idea which hose to unplug though.
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:11 PM
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I did turn the wheel a few times with the engine running, to bleed the system, but I will drain and refill a couple more times.

So the PS pump only pumps fluid when you turn it to the right? What pressure drives the gearbox back to the left?

Thanks for the tips.
it has pressure both ways, but the pump recirculates the fliud to keep the pressure up when you turn right
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:10 PM
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There's a way to do it so that it goes all the way through the system while the engine is running. It involves unplugging one of the hoses and letting that drain while having the engine running but you have to keep the fluid in the resevoir while doing so.

I have no idea which hose to unplug though.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:32 AM
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Default Re: Power steering drain/fill

The hose I disconnected was just held on by a spring clamp at the reservoir, and it was lower than the other line, so it must have been the supply line. The second hose has a collar nut where it connects, and it entered the reservoir at a higher point. I didn't have my wrenches, so I just went for the hose with the spring clamp to get whatever I could.

Thanks for the help.
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