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Best way to drain power steering fluid

So I'm replacing the power steering pressure hose from the pump to the rack. What would be the best way to drain as much fluid from the system or is this not necessary and I should just worry about replacing the line and refilling?

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Re: Best way to drain power steering fluid

I have a few turkey basters. You can find them in a lot of grocery stores (usually in a frozen food isle hanging up above freezer cases) for a few dollars each.
One is for coolant (taking from overflow tank back to radiator)
One is for brake fluid (draining master cylinder before fluid bleed)
Last is misc. fluids.

You get a container, open system reservoir, suck out what you can and dump into the container.
I mark the fluid type for the baster on the bulb so I don't contaminate fluids.

In your case, sucking out the PS reservoir would leave less than a pint of fluid in the line.

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I have a few turkey basters. You can find them in a lot of grocery stores (usually in a frozen food isle hanging up above freezer cases) for a few dollars each.
One is for coolant (taking from overflow tank back to radiator)
One is for brake fluid (draining master cylinder before fluid bleed)
Last is misc. fluids.

You get a container, open system reservoir, suck out what you can and dump into the container.
I mark the fluid type for the baster on the bulb so I don't contaminate fluids.

In your case, sucking out the PS reservoir would leave less than a pint of fluid in the line.
Ahh I was going to do that but I was under the assumption there was much more fluid inside the rack. Well that is good to know. Thanks Charlie.
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Re: Best way to drain power steering fluid

Well.....there will be fluid in the lines and in the rack, most is in the pump and reservoir. I would keep an oil drain pan under the rack when doing the line swap.

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Well.....there will be fluid in the lines and in the rack, most is in the pump and reservoir. I would keep an oil drain pan under the rack when doing the line swap.
Since the power steering fluid has never been changed on the car is it worth it to crack open another line on the other side of the rack to get as much fluid out as possible?
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Re: Best way to drain power steering fluid

What I do is disconnect the rack return line to the reservoir and put that in a bucket. Cap off the reservoir side and keep filling it up with fresh fluid and someone turns the wheels back and forth while the engine is running. Its important to not let the reservoir run dry or it can fry the pump. Just keep refilling it till the fluid going into the bucket looks clean. It can take a few of those big fluid containers worth to fully flush the system.
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What I do is disconnect the rack return line to the reservoir and put that in a bucket. Cap off the reservoir side and keep filling it up with fresh fluid and someone turns the wheels back and forth while the engine is running. Its important to not let the reservoir run dry or it can fry the pump. Just keep refilling it till the fluid going into the bucket looks clean. It can take a few of those big fluid containers worth to fully flush the system.
What do you use to cap the reservoir on the return side? When you say big fluid containers are you talking about the gallon containers or quart containers?
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What I do is disconnect the rack return line to the reservoir and put that in a bucket. Cap off the reservoir side and keep filling it up with fresh fluid and someone turns the wheels back and forth while the engine is running. Its important to not let the reservoir run dry or it can fry the pump. Just keep refilling it till the fluid going into the bucket looks clean. It can take a few of those big fluid containers worth to fully flush the system.
You are talking PS fluid change....this thread is about draining in prep to replace a line......

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If its never been changed a full flush is way over due. Lol. I meant the gallon containers.

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You are talking PS fluid change....this thread is about draining in prep to replace a line......
Ya my verbage wasn't the best in the first post. I do need to change the line and just wanted to drain most of the fluid out of it. I didn't even think to try to flush it all out.

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If its never been changed a full flush is way over due. Lol. I meant the gallon containers.
You sure two is necessary? Everything I've been reading calls for a couple quarts for a full refill.
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Better to have excess storage available if you need it than trying to find it while draining.

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Re: Best way to drain power steering fluid

Good idea to flush PS fluid too (buy a gallon of PS fluid WITHOUT any stop leaks). also inspect return line hoses. You can use a small tubing piece (folded one side, zip tied) to cap off the reservoir.
Here's helpful video if you were to do complete flush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gXTGBUZkh8

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Better to have excess storage available if you need it than trying to find it while draining.
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Good idea to flush PS fluid too (buy a gallon of PS fluid WITHOUT any stop leaks). also inspect return line hoses. You can use a small tubing piece (folded one side, zip tied) to cap off the reservoir.
Here's helpful video if you were to do complete flush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gXTGBUZkh8
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Re: Best way to drain power steering fluid

So am I the only one who took the serpentine off and spun the pulley by hand to flush the system? I guess if you hate messing with belts the turkey basters and repeat purges work too, but either way works.
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