Power Steering Fluid Change QUICK and EASY


Hey guys, Chrisfix here. Today I’m going to show you how to change your power steering fluid. Power steering is what allows you to turn the steering wheel with one hand. If it’s difficult to turn your steering wheel or your pump is making a whining noise like this or your fluid looks black or brown like this. It’s time to change your power steering fluid. So, in your manual you’re going to flip to the page where the power steering fluid is and you’re going to see what kind of power steering fluid your car takes For this Ford Windstar It says that it needs power steering fluid that meets Ford specification and here’s the number. It also says that you can use type F automatic transmission fluid I’m going to use power steering fluid. In this case this power steering fluid will work well and is compatible in my Ford power steering pump it meets the specifications, It actually exceeds it. So that’s good Just so you can see the difference in the power steering fluid here’s the new stuff The new fluid is clear while the old fluid is black and gritty. It has about a hundred thousand miles on it and really needs to be changed There are two different methods you could use to change the power steering fluid the method I’m about to show you is easier But it doesn’t get the system completely flushed at the end of this video will be a link to another power steering video that I made and this is a power steering flush video it goes through all the steps to completely flush the system and got all the old fluid out and replace it with new fluid that method takes a little bit more time, and it could be a little bit messier but it might be worth take a look at the link will also be in the description below but for the method I’m about to show you it’s not going to be very messy It’s going to be fast and easy and it’ll get the job done for most applications So I’m going to jack the car up You don’t have to do this step, this step just helps you get a little bit more fluid out If you don’t want to do this step, you don’t have to just skip over to the next step. The idea is when you turn the steering wheel fluid will be forced out of the power steering lines and you’ll get more dirty fluid out. So like I said you could skip the step of getting the wheels off the ground and you can straight to this. So what you’re going to need to do to change the fluid, is get a catch can. Here’s the old fluid from my other video you can see that’s also black That should be red. And you’re going to need a turkey baster I have a turkey baster right here And this will help you get the fluid out Some paper towels will also be good because you’re going to make a little bit of a mess, I’m sure. What your going to do is you’re going to just take the cap off of the power steering pump reservoir And start siphoning the fluid out Just soak the fluid out like that… Get to your catch can. Empty it. Suck more fluid out. Try not to get it on your engine. That’s why I had the paper towel. Try not to be sloppy. Okay, the reason why I told you to lift the car up if you want is because you can see here how there is no power steering fluid left for me to suck out. Now, I’m going to turn the steering wheel from lock to lock and you’re going to see this is going to fill up Now a lot of fluid came out, and that looks old and cruddy, too So now you want to make sure you get every last drop that you could possibly get because the more you get out the better your fluid change will be You can see that’s completely empty and now we’re going to add new fluid Get a funnel so you don’t spill it everywhere. Keep your paper towels down here. It’ll make a mess Now your owners manual will tell you how much fluid you could put in here So put that much in. Make sure you don’t overfill it keep an eye on how much fluid you’re putting in Remember there’s air in the system right now, so it’s going to get sucked down when you turn it on. Now, we’re going to start the engine and shut it off real quickly just to get more fluid sucked down You don’t want to hear any loud noises No whining no humming you don’t want to hear anything from this power steering pump put the nice clean cup on And let’s start the car real quick You can see here the fluid level drop so we’re going to add [just] a [little] bit more and then [we’re] you’re going to go put the car on [the] ground and Start it up and turn it from lock to lock to get all the air out and bleed the air out of the system Essentially, we’re over filling it because we’re going to make room for any air that’s escaping when we bleed the system So now we’ll drop the car Start her up. Now you’re going to wait and let that power steering pump push fluid into the power steering lines It’s going to bleed itself a little bit and then you’re going to have to bleed it by turning it sideways So that’s lock from one direction That’s lock to the other direction That’s locked to that direction and now we’re going to go check the fluid You can see the fluid’s really low, so let’s fill it up So the bubbles are coming up, that’s good I’m going to take this off and we’re going to go for a ride Make sure you bring some extra power steering fluid on your ride So on your ride make sure you have plenty of turns gonna take about ten minutes. Just drive around First two minutes [check] your fluid make sure your fluid levels are good I’m back, and I’m going to let the car cool down. I’m gonna to flush the system. Just a little bit more Because we didn’t do a flush you can see the fluid got dirty again That’s just extra old fluid that we couldn’t get out so what we’re going to do is I still have some new fluid left I’m gonna siphon out this fluid and add some new fluid Be careful because now the engine is hot this fluid is hot Now I’m going to add some more new fluid and you could do this as many times as you want and the more you do it the cleaner that fluid is going to be inside now to check the fluid level put it in Pull it out And you can see that’s exactly to the top of the hot line. Okay, so after letting the engine cool I’m going to start her up again, and we’re going to see how the power steering pump sounds So you can hear the power steering pump sounds normal now I’m going to turn the steering wheel back and forth, and we’ll see if it still sounds good Awesome. Sounds good. All the air is out which is what we want. The system is cleaned out at least a little bit. It has new fluid in it Which is what we wanted and this was an easy clean fast method to get this done. Hopefully this video was helpful if it was give it a thumbs up on the screen here there will be a video popping up this video is my other method which flushes out the power-steering system even further and is more thorough you could look at that video And you already saw this video so you can see which one you like better Don’t forget to subscribe. I make how-to videos weekly comment and question below. I answer all the YouTube comments and questions that you guys ask. In the description below are going to be the links to my Facebook and Twitter pages. Those are useful if you want to get updates on when I publish videos, top tips, and giveaways that I might do. Now when you’re driving around After you put a couple miles on it, you might want to check the fluid level one more time. Otherwise, you’re all done.

100 Comments

  1. Tardeli costantini May 18, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I did the same as this on my 2002 75k car 8 yrs ago then sucked it out again just the one time,still nice n pink today.

  2. Tyler Johnson May 20, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Can you please make a video on changing the power steering pump

  3. californiaimage May 22, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Gloves.. missing arent they..

  4. C172Pilotdude May 22, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    So couldn't you turn the wheels to flush more fluid without jacking up the car ?

  5. True Solutions May 25, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Good looking out brotha. I've pretty much restored my poor poor 2006 charger by watching your videos. I definitely shouldn't of let it sit so long.

  6. Jared Garcia May 27, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Hmmm it didn’t sound the same as how he says it today “HEY GUUUUUUUYS”

  7. David T May 29, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    You should wear gloves.

  8. D E June 1, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I did this to my car. The power steering fluid was as black as this video. I did exactly what Chris fix did. It took me 48oz of power steering fluid to get it to transparent honey color. I don’t know if I should keep on going until there is no more color to it. If someone can give me some advice I would appreciate it.

  9. Robert Mitchum June 3, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Did this for years and years on all of my cars. At regular intervals I would change the power steering fluid, the coolant, and even did my tranny using this method. I used a small hand pump and a length of clear tubing that fit down the dipstick tube for the tranny, and it worked just as well getting to the bottom of the radiator… And I never had to take anything apart….

  10. Paul Morphy June 3, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Drive the front wheels onto heavy duty black plastic trash bags and you can turn the wheels with no friction from the ground.

  11. Kenneth Hosmillo June 4, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Hi chris i just want to know what is called to that sunction thing u are using? thanks

  12. 周大維 June 5, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I'm a deaf blind mute quadriplegic and thanks Chris fix for the video I can now drive my car!

  13. Lucas Pineda June 6, 2019 at 7:38 am

    The dislikes are the companys have been bankrupted

    Sad 🙁

  14. Mr. Truth June 7, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I own a Ford fiesta from 2005 great car! It makes the same noise and the steering goes a bit tougher, can j do the same with European cars?

  15. Tony Williams June 8, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I took out enough fluid to put a bottle of Lucas power steering fix in my dodge van & no more noise. It's the best thing to use for high milelage vehicles.

  16. Abraham G Carmona June 10, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    W

  17. AdamBobby67 June 14, 2019 at 1:40 am

    When you do the initial removal of fluid is the engine completely cool or do you leave it running first. Or does it not matter.

  18. webberron June 16, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Full & clear… Oh well… 🙂

  19. Guido Sarducci June 17, 2019 at 1:52 am

    So I guess u ultimately check the fluid level when engine is off. Is that right?

  20. Oleksander Kerod June 21, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Will this method be enough if I need to replace the power steering pump or do I need to do the total flush?

  21. Eugene The Car Guy June 26, 2019 at 1:07 am

    I don’t need power steering

  22. penn707 June 26, 2019 at 3:14 am

    “Power steering “ is my middle name.

  23. TJ HARB June 28, 2019 at 3:49 am

    How do you turn the wheel without turning on the car (to get more fluid to fill up)

  24. Grip Sense June 29, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you Chris.

  25. Alan Hilton July 1, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Just for god's sake do the lock to lock steering with the cap OFF!!! Otherwise you're going to get an air block in your system…. You literally have to burp the system clear of air with the cap off.

  26. Don_of_Dons July 4, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Do you have to use a jack to raise your car or can this work without one

  27. Daniel May July 9, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Use macron 5 for ford

  28. James King July 11, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Man this is almost to easy. Instead of a turkey baster, could you use a siphon pump?

  29. Crimson B Retrograde July 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Oh no, I just poured the new fluid in with that awful dirty fluid. Anyone have an idea what will come of my Honda Odyssey

  30. Aurora Campos July 12, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    What's of name of tool you use to take of power steering fluid out. Cris fix

  31. henry chen July 14, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    THANK YOU I AM GOINGTO CHANGE MY PAJERO

  32. Fernando Soria-Molina July 15, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Does anybody know if the cap has to be off or on when bleeding the power steering sytem? I am confused about that part

  33. El Petr July 16, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    thank you 🙂 🙂

  34. Richard Aguilar July 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    My cars steering wheel doesn't turn while it's off.

  35. Dennis Tjen July 26, 2019 at 12:44 am

    I

  36. Patriot Sleeper Cell July 29, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    what a piece of crap car! Good video tho.

  37. Gary Cross July 31, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    good news, thanks for the heads up!

  38. Abdullah M August 14, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    How to figure out the sensor and electrical errors in your car, especially the Nissan?

  39. Michael john Gildore August 16, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you

  40. AP August 17, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Geeze, I already know how to do all this stuff but I cant stop watching. Chris is an excellent narrator and puts a lot of thought into constructing these videos. This channel is more educational than The Discovery Channel was in the 1980s.

  41. THE MECHANIC August 20, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    How much fluid roughly cars takes

  42. Luther Bryson August 21, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Well iam not the only one who does that.

  43. Psychic YASSS August 22, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Do you bleed with the cap off or on ?

  44. darius wade August 25, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for wasting my fucking time

  45. Mighty Saiyan August 28, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    lick your finger. licky licky licky. 😀 Thanks bro

  46. Ren N. September 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Btw where do you throw away the old fluid?

  47. cpgone September 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    To remove PSF, use aquarium tubing.
    start suction and put in bottle on ground level.
    Need 3 feet or so.
    Your welcome

  48. Michael Brown September 9, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    if its a ford add atf that will shut up that ford whiny pump

  49. HossaM181v September 13, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    When I tern the steering wheel to lock while driving it leaks all the fluid …..why?

  50. Steve Boldt September 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Worked great Chris. Thanks! 👍🏽

  51. Nikko Madarang September 16, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    How many bottles were used to replace the fluid?

  52. Krishna P September 18, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Was able to change the fluid with no problem thanks to this video. Thanks Chrisfix

  53. Wayne Toosaucey September 18, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Is it the same on electric power steering systems?

  54. Arman Kordi September 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I did this on MY ford windstar! Thanks Chris!

  55. Oxman Fin September 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    It's really helpful

  56. Isaac Ro September 23, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    can I do that extra flush without lifting my car off of the ground?

  57. Reality Analyst September 24, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Hey Chris, your videos have helped a lot of people. Cudos.
    Are you by any chance able to find a service manual for a 2000 hyundai accent? I have the owners manual which is pretty helpful, but the service repair manual might be better. I have found one but it is in russian.

    I'm from Hellas.

  58. David J September 25, 2019 at 5:05 am

    I still heard the whining noise after you changed it but ok

  59. live and let live September 26, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Lol you know your cars old when the engine cover says proudly "fuel injected"

  60. Jake Lang September 29, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    i run transmission fluid in all mine

  61. Mansour Zellal October 2, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Hi chris, good video. Juste one question : in my car manual for KIA Rio 2010 it is specify a power steering fluid PSF-III but I didn't found this in my contry. what should I do in this case? Thank for responing

  62. PINOCCHIO October 3, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    00:13 I have same problem and the mechanic says I have to replace my power steering pump?

  63. Don Williams October 5, 2019 at 2:22 am

    This will only change what is in the reservoir it does not change what is in your hoses or other components

  64. TEJAS BHOSALE October 7, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    👍

  65. Nour :D October 7, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Can I use automatic transmission fluid?

  66. Davey Bernard October 7, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I dare someone to buy a turkey baster and roll of duct tape at WalMart while rubbing your hands together.

  67. J M October 14, 2019 at 2:19 am

    What do u think about adding the Lucas prodducts in powersteering..oil..or tran?

  68. eng.mohammad ja'afreh October 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Can I use vacuum to flush it out?

  69. Pat Bed October 22, 2019 at 4:15 am

    The work to change the oil for power steering is the same for all cars?

    Thank you for the review.

  70. John Wren October 23, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Without flushing, its like taking a shower then putting your dirty underwear back on…

  71. Rohan Samson October 31, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Need help with my Rav4 2000, power loss issue. Changed spark plugs, no codes

  72. Tully Pemba October 31, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I just did it, thanks Chris

  73. Briana Williams November 3, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you for the video, I will do this Thursday 💁

  74. Barry Shaw November 6, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Doing it this way will there be air in the system

  75. Muhreeuh 713 November 8, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    What happens if you don’t flush at all? And just add new power steering?? Real question

  76. crapcbm November 11, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    in these old videos he sounds so normal, not that artificial overexcited

  77. Ms. Ender Mage November 12, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you for this .

  78. Henry Taverner November 17, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Can you turn steering wheel when car is in park mode?

  79. 261Pro November 18, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    In your opinion Chris… what % of fluid do you think can be removed from this method? And if po process was repeated several times….would this achieve almost 100% ?

  80. Dallas Williams November 18, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Can you make a downpipe video? Or a how to install a full turboback exhaust?

  81. Susan Burlingame November 19, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you for making clear and to the point videos! And doing it in a way that is not condescending or to ‘ratchet headed’ to understand.

  82. Greg A November 21, 2019 at 4:09 am

    You quieted down the pump but you can still hear it whining.

  83. ひAnthony November 21, 2019 at 6:51 am

    What do I do with the old nasty fluid? Do I just throw it away?

  84. Herb Gillatt November 25, 2019 at 12:10 am

    great video…more help than i got from my reg.. mec thanks a powerfull fill

  85. caiobabe November 25, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Great vid but you got other vehicle issues. What's with all the warning lights on your dash?

  86. talya francis November 28, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Perfect now

  87. ThrummerOfLove December 2, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    For some reason my power steering fluid, is alwas the first to get dirty. Btw, I use one of those little hand cranked pumps to remove the old fluid, and it works quite well.

  88. markmeson December 3, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Anyone know where the power steering fluid is on a 2014 Jetta 1.8T? Manual doesn't mention it at all. I think it has electronic assist?

  89. kekito 1327 December 3, 2019 at 4:41 am

    👍

  90. TR808 December 4, 2019 at 12:04 am

    I just Use Coconut Oil

  91. Joel Jasso December 4, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Es más fácil que desconectarás la manguera de drenado y movieras el volante y va a salir todo el líquido sucio y así le vas a estar echando arriba en el depósito o el líquido nuevo es más fácil se limpia mejor gracias saludos desde California

  92. Bobby Winchel December 5, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I did this procedure over a couple of days of emptying reservoir and refilling oil after getting home. This works perfectly. The system only has about a quart and I saved about $130. Simple and effective.

  93. Fan 750 December 9, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Just a quick note, good luck to anyone who tries to do this on a 3800 Series III motor in a Buick LaCrosse/whatever else the 3800 S. III came in. The reservoir is buried below the alternator, and underneath where the heater core hoses come out of the back engine. It's a total P.I.T.A. to access. But I will say, if you do try, do it on a cold engine. Especially with those heater core lines being like 2 millimeters away from your arms and hands the whole time.

  94. Rupi Lucky December 11, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Today I did my power steering fluid change, was super easy after watching video, Thank you Chris

  95. kala kharab wanted December 11, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Wonderfull thank u brother ..,,,,,👍👍👍👍👍👍👈

  96. ferkemall December 19, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    You still have a lot of old fluid stuck inside the rack should have undone the unions and drained it from there flush then drain then new fluid !

  97. Yvonne JimenezMoran December 20, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    It still amazes me when i see people who earn thousands during income tax but don't put 1 cent into their cars to maintain them and keep them going! i always see cars broken down and abandoned on the side of the highway and most of the time they look like uneducated kids. I plan on teaching my daughter starting this year when i pick up a used car im purchasing. Shes autistic but high functioning and shes so excited to help out with fixing things.

  98. Icy Oceanz December 24, 2019 at 2:16 am

    I’m a dog and even I was able to replace my power steering fluid with this video ! Thanks ChrisFix !

  99. Kayz Photography December 25, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    AWESOME 👏✊👍. Thanks for saving me lotsa £££

  100. Piedad Stoffel December 27, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Where do u get a turkey baster

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