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I had a reconditioned steering box fitted recently and it has worked fine intil now. Only after a night of frost after starting the engine, the stering feels stiff, jerks a bit and then works fine. No problems in temperatures above 0 celcius. Any advice? Thanks Hans Keller

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I suggest flushing the system. Before doing that collect a 5ltr or 5gallon container of ATF formulated to operate at low temperatures....The problem could be water contamination in the fluid.... If this is so, the water may be freezing over night and forming ice....This can damage the pump and possibly the box too....
Keep in mind that the fluid will be pumped out from the system very quickly and therefore you should refill at the same rate....Never let the system run dry during this operation

  • Locate the return pipe (the low pressure pipe which connects to the reservoir from the steering box)
  • Disconnect from the reservoir and attach a tight fitting pipe to allow fluid to be drained into a separate container.
  • Have someone inside the vehicle to start and stop the engine
  • Start the engine and fill ATF into the steering reservoir as the fluid drains into the catchment container.
  • Flush until the fluid runs clean.
  • Stop the engine.
  • Refit the pipe.
  • Check for leakage.
  • You're done!
Best regards Johngee10

Posted on Nov 11, 2010


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