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Bleeding Your Power Steering

One of the easiest ways to bleed the air out of your power steering reservoir/system is to simply jack the vehicle up high enough to have the tires clear the ground. Have your vehicle running and simply turn the steering wheel fully to the left and then fully to the right about 5-10 times.

If you can't lift the front of the vehicle, just spray water under the tires so the surface is smoother for the wheels to turn. Same steps as above.

When you're done, check your reservoir and service it to the full mark. Make sure you do not overfill it! There are marks on the dipstick for reading the fluid when it is hot and cold.

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how do I know if the power stering pump is bad or if it is the high pressure hose in a 2000 durango


If is no leak, then maybe you need to bleed the power steering pump. jack the vehicle from the front , and leave the tires free from floor.Take off the steering pump cap, pull the steering wheel all the way to one side and hold for few seconds, let the system to bleed air , then pull all the way to the other side and do the same. somone should be looking the pump to see if air bubles are coming out, repeat as nessesary, If after this proceidure power steering still hard and noisy, replace the pump.

Note: Safety first. Use stand jacks and other security tools to prevent accidents.
Sammyc47.

Feb 21, 2011 | 1999 Dodge Durango

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how to bleed power steering system to a 1997 chrysler sebring


Very simple!!! I posted this under how to bleed the steering system in the "Tips" section....you can do this yourself and is very easy.

Sebring Coupe And Avenger
  1. Check the power steering fluid level, and add if necessary.

Use only MOPAR ATF PLUS automatic transmission fluid type 7176, DEXRON II automatic transmission fluid, or equivalent, in the power steering system.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle to lift the front wheels off the ground.
  2. Manually turn the pump pulley a few times.
  3. Turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and to the right 5 or 6 times.

If bleeding is attempted with the engine running, air will be absorbed in the fluid. Bleed only while cranking the engine.

  1. Disconnect the ignition high tension cable and, while operating the starter motor intermittently, turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and right 5-6 times for 15-20 seconds. During the bleeding procedure, make sure the fluid in the reservoir never falls below the lower position of the filter.
  2. Connect the ignition high tension cable, then start the engine and allow it to idle.
  3. Turn the steering wheel left and right until there are no air bubbles in the reservoir. Confirm that the fluid is not milky and that the level is up to the specified position on the dipstick. Also confirm that there is very little change in the fluid level when the steering wheel is turned. If the fluid level changes more than 0.2 inches (about a 1/4 inch), the air has not been completely bled. Repeat the process.

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      Check whether or not the fluid level changes between when the engine is running and when it is stopped

    Nov 13, 2010 | 1997 Chrysler Sebring

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    cant find were to put powersteering fluid


    Power Steering Pump Removal & Installation 3.8L Engine To Remove:
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
    2. Place a drain pan under the vehicle.
    3. Remove the accessory drive belt from the power steering pump pulley.
    4. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    5. Remove the right front tire and wheel assembly.
    6. Remove the hoses from the power steering pump.
    7. Remove the mounting bolts and the power steering pump from the engine.
    8. Remove the reservoir and pulley from the pump if necessary.
    To Install:
    Power steering pump removal/installation (3.8L engine) gm-08-38-480.gif

    1. If removed, install the power steering pump reservoir and pulley on the power steering pump.
    2. Position the power steering pump to the engine and install the mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 25 lb ft (34 Nm).
    3. Install the pressure and return hoses to the pump.
    4. Install the right front tire and wheel assembly.
    5. Lower the vehicle.
    6. Install the accessory drive belt.
    7. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
    8. Inspect the system for leaks.
    9. Remove the drain pan from under the power steering pump area.
    3.4L Engine To Remove:
    1. Place a drain pan under the power steering pump.
    2. Remove the coolant reservoir.
    3. Remove the pulley from the power steering pump.
    4. Remove the wiring harness near the power steering pump and place it out of the way.
    5. Disconnect the fluid hoses from the power steering pump.
    6. Remove the mounting bolts from the power steering pump and remove the pump.
    To Install:
    Power steering pump removal/installation (3.4L engine) 88008g71.gif

    1. Position the power steering pump assembly to the engine and install the mounting bolts. Tighten the mounting bolts to 25 lb ft (34 Nm).
    2. Install the wiring harness in its original position.
    3. Install the pulley on the power steering pump.
    4. Install the coolant reservoir.
    5. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
    6. Inspect the system for leaks.
    7. Remove the drain pan from under the power steering pump.
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    Sep 18, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Impala

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    steps for replacing pwr steering hoses on '94 3.1 Cutlass Supreme?


    SERVICE PROCEDURE: THE POWER STEERING FLUID REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE IS A TWO-STAGE PROCESS: FIRST, FLUSHING THE OLD FLUID FROM THE SYSTEM WITH NEW FLUID; AND SECOND, BLEEDING THE SYSTEM TO REMOVE ANY TRAPPED AIR. THE FOLLOWING TWO SEQUENCES OUTLINE THE STEPS IN EACH PROCEDURE.

    FLUSHING THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM 1. RAISE THE FRONT END OF THE VEHICLE OFF THE GROUND UNTIL THE WHEELS ARE FREE TO TURN.

    2. REMOVE THE FLUID RETURN LINE AT THE PUMP RESERVOIR INLET CONNECTOR.

    3. PLUG THE INLET CONNECTOR PORT ON THE PUMP RESERVOIR.

    4. POSITION THE FLUID RETURN LINE TOWARD A LARGE CONTAINER IN ORDER TO CATCH THE DRAINING FLUID.

    5. WHILE A SECOND PERSON FILLS THE RESERVOIR WITH NEW LOW TEMPERATURE CLIMATE SERVICE FLUID, START AND RUN THE ENGINE AT IDLE.

    6. TURN THE STEERING WHEEL FROM STOP TO STOP.

    NOTICE: DO NOT HOLD THE WHEEL AGAINST STOPS WHILE FLUSHING THE SYSTEM. HOLDING STEERING WHEEL AGAINST WHEEL STOPS WILL CAUSE HIGH SYSTEM PRESSURE, OVERHEATING, AND DAMAGE TO THE PUMP AND/OR GEAR. 7. CONTINUE DRAINING UNTIL ALL OF THE OLD FLUID IS CLEARED FROM THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM. ADDITION OF APPROXIMATELY 1 QUART OF NEW FLUID WILL BE REQUIRED TO FLUSH SYSTEM.

    8. UNPLUG PUMP RESERVOIR INLET AND RECONNECT RETURN LINE.

    9. TURN ENGINE OFF, AND FILL RESERVOIR TO THE "FULL COLD" MARK.

    10. CONTINUE WITH FOLLOWING PROCEDURE "BLEEDING THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM".

    BLEEDING THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM AFTER REPLACING THE FLUID OR SERVICING THE POWER STEERING HYDRAULIC SYSTEM, YOU MUST BLEED AIR FROM THE SYSTEM. AIR IN THE SYSTEM PREVENTS AN ACCURATE FLUID LEVEL READING, CAUSES PUMP CAVITATION NOISE AND OVER TIME COULD DAMAGE THE PUMP. TO BLEED THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM PROCEED AS FOLLOWS:

    1. BEGIN WITH THE ENGINE OFF, FRONT WHEELS OFF THE GROUND, AND WHEELS TURNED ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT.

    2. ADD LOW TEMPERATURE CLIMATE SERVICE FLUID TO THE "FULL COLD" MARK ON THE FLUID LEVEL INDICATOR.

    3. BLEED THE SYSTEM BY TURNING THE WHEELS FROM SIDE TO SIDE WITHOUT HITTING STOPS.

    IMPORTANT: THIS MAY REQUIRE TURNING THE WHEELS FROM SIDE TO SIDE TWENTY TIMES. ON SYSTEMS WITH LONG RETURN LINES OR FLUID COOLERS, TURNING STEERING WHEEL LOCK-TO-LOCK FORTY TIMES MAY BE REQUIRED. KEEP THE FLUID LEVEL AT THE "FULL COLD" MARK. FLUID WITH AIR IN IT HAS A LIGHT TAN APPEARANCE. THIS AIR MUST BE ELIMINATED FROM THE FLUID BEFORE NORMAL STEERING ACTION CAN BE OBTAINED. 4. START THE ENGINE. WITH THE ENGINE IDLING, RECHECK THE FLUID LEVEL. IF NECESSARY, ADD FLUID TO BRING THE LEVEL TO THE "FULL COLD" MARK.

    5. RETURN THE WHEELS TO THE CENTER POSITION. LOWER FRONT WHEELS TO THE GROUND. CONTINUE RUNNING THE ENGINE FOR TWO OR THREE MINUTES.

    6. TEST THE VEHICLE TO BE SURE THE STEERING FUNCTIONS NORMALLY AND IS FREE FROM NOISE.

    IMPORTANT: INSPECT FOR FLUID LEAKAGE AT CONNECTION POINTS ALONG THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM. 7. RECHECK THE FLUID LEVEL AS DESCRIBED IN STEPS 3 AND 4 EXCEPT THAT THE FLUID LEVEL SHOULD NOW BE UP TO THE "FULL HOT" MARK AFTER THE SYSTEM HAS STABILIZED AT ITS NORMAL OPERATING TEMPERATURE.

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    GENERAL MOTORS BULLETINS ARE INTENDED FOR USE BY PROFESSIONAL TECHNICIANS, NOT A "DO-IT-YOURSELFER". THEY ARE WRITTEN TO INFORM THOSE TECHNICIANS OF CONDITIONS THAT MAY OCCUR ON SOME VEHICLES, OR TO PROVIDE INFORMATION THAT COULD ASSIST IN THE PROPER SERVICE OF A VEHICLE. PROPERLY TRAINED TECHNICIANS HAVE THE EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND KNOW-HOW TO DO A JOB PROPERLY AND SAFELY. IF A CONDITION IS DESCRIBED, DO NOT ASSUME THAT THE BULLETIN APPLIES TO YOUR VEHICLE, OR THAT YOUR VEHICLE WILL HAVE THAT CONDITION.

    Hope this may help:

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    VOTIT

    Aug 25, 2008 | 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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