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How do I drain the power steering fluid, where is the drain plug ?

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Theere isn't a drain plug you have to disconect a hose

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      • Remove as much fluid as possible from the power steering fluid reservoir using a siphon pump.
      • Remove the drive belt from the power steering pump.
      • Loosen the nut securing the front power steering pump bracket to the aluminum bracket.
      • Raise and safely support the vehicle.
      • Place a drain pan under the vehicle to catch the power steering fluid.
      • Disconnect the connector from the oxygen sensor at the rear engine mount bracket. NOTE: The exhaust system needs to be moved to allow room for power steering pump removal.
      • Remove the bolts and nuts securing the catalytic converter to the exhaust manifold.
      • Disconnect the exhaust system hangers from the brackets. Move the exhaust system rearward and left as far as possible.
      • Raise the heat sleeve to expose the clamp and then disconnect the fluid return hose from the steel tube. Allow the fluid to drain.
      • Remove the accessory drive splash shield.
      • Remove the supply hose coming from the reservoir from the power steering pump. Drain the fluid from the hose.
      • Disconnect the pressure hose from the pump. Drain off excess fluid from the hose.
      • Remove the return hose from the pump. Allow the fluid to drain from the tube.
      • Remove the nut from the rear of the pump to the cast mounting bracket.
      • Loosen the three bolts securing the pump to the front mounting bracket. Then remove the nut and remaining bolt.
      • Remove the power steering pump and the front bracket from the cast bracket on the engine as an assembly through the exhaust tunnel.
      • Remove the three bolts attaching the front bracket to the power steering pump and separate the power steering pump from the front bracket.
    To Install:
    1. Install the power steering pump through the exhaust tunnel of the vehicle.
    2. Loosely install the nut on the rear of the pump to hold the pump to the bracket.
    3. Install the front bracket on the pump and install the three bolts loosely.
    4. Install the nut and bolt securing the bracket to the cast bracket.
    5. Tighten the three front bracket-to-pump bolts to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
    6. Connect the pressure hose to the power steering pump. Make sure to inspect the o-ring and replace as needed. Tighten the fitting to 275 in. lb. (31 Nm).
    7. Connect the low pressure return hose to the power steering pump.
    8. Connect the supply hose from the reservoir to the pump. Make sure the hose is not near drive belt.
    9. Install the drive belt and splash shield.
    10. Connect the fluid return hose to the steel tube on the cradle and cover with the heat shield sleeve.
    11. Properly position the protective heat sleeve over the return hose. Secure the heat sleeve with a tie strap to the hose to keep it in place.
    12. Install the exhaust system.
    13. Connect the oxygen sensor wiring connector to the vehicle wiring harness.
    14. Lower the vehicle.
    15. Connect the negative battery cable.
    16. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
    17. Check for leaks.
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    1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
    2. Remove as much fluid as possible from the power steering fluid reservoir using a siphon pump.
    3. Remove the drive belt from the power steering pump.
    4. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    5. Place a drain pan under the vehicle to catch the power steering fluid.
    6. Disconnect the connector from the oxygen sensor at the sensor wiring harness grommet on the floor pan. NOTE: The exhaust system needs to be moved to allow room for power steering pump removal.
    7. Remove the bolts and nuts securing the catalytic converter to the exhaust manifold.
    8. Disconnect the exhaust system hangers from the brackets. Move the exhaust system rearward and left as far as possible.
    9. Raise the heat sleeve to expose the clamp and then disconnect the fluid return hose from the steel tube. Allow the fluid to drain.
    10. Remove the accessory drive splash shield.
    11. Remove the supply hose coming from the reservoir from the power steering pump. Drain the fluid from the hose.
    12. Disconnect the pressure hose from the pump. Drain off excess fluid from the hose.
    13. Remove the two bolts securing the pump to the alternator/power steering pump/belt tensioner bracket.
    14. Remove the pump from the bracket and remove it from the vehicle through the exhaust tunnel on the floor pan.
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    1. Install the power steering pump through the exhaust tunnel of the vehicle.
    2. Install the pump on the bracket with the two mounting bolts. Tighten the two bolts to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
    3. Install the pump rear support bracket. Tighten the nut and bolts to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
    4. Connect the pressure hose to the power steering pump. Make sure to inspect the o-ring and replace as needed. Tighten the fitting to 275 in. lb. (31 Nm).
    5. Connect the low pressure return hose to the power steering pump.
    6. Connect the supply hose from the reservoir to the pump. Make sure the hose is not near drive belt.
    7. Install the drive belt and splash shield.
    8. Connect the fluid return hose to the steel tube on the cradle and cover with the heat shield sleeve.
    9. Properly position the protective heat sleeve over the return hose. Secure the heat sleeve with a tie strap to the hose to keep it in place.
    10. Install the exhaust system.
    11. Connect the oxygen sensor wiring connector to the vehicle wiring harness.
    12. Lower the vehicle.
    13. Connect the negative battery cable.
    14. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
    15. Check for leaks.
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    1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
    2. Remove as much fluid as possible from the power steering fluid reservoir using a siphon pump.
    3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    4. Disconnect the connector from the oxygen sensor at the sensor wiring harness grommet on the floor pan. NOTE: The exhaust system needs to be moved to allow room for power steering pump removal.
    5. Remove the bolts and nuts securing the catalytic converter to the exhaust manifold.
    6. Disconnect the exhaust system hangers from the brackets. Move the exhaust system rearward and left as far as possible.
    7. Place a drain pan under the vehicle to catch the power steering fluid.
    8. Raise the heat sleeve to expose the clamp and then disconnect the fluid return hose from the steel tube on the cradle. Allow the fluid to drain into the pan.
    9. Remove the accessory drive splash shield.
    10. Remove the drive belt from the power steering pump.
    11. Remove the supply hose coming from the reservoir from the power steering pump. Drain the fluid from the hose.
    12. Disconnect the pressure hose from the pump. Drain off excess fluid from the hose.
    13. Disconnect the return hose from the pump. Drain the fluid into the drain pan.
    14. Remove the power steering pump rear support bracket.
    15. Remove the three bolts securing the pump to the alternator/power steering pump/belt tensioner bracket.
    16. Remove the pump from the bracket and remove it from the vehicle through the exhaust tunnel on the floor pan.
    To Install:
    1. Install the power steering pump through the exhaust tunnel of the vehicle.
    2. Install the pump on the bracket with the three mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
    3. Install the pump rear support bracket. Tighten the fasteners to 40 ft. lb. (54 Nm).
    4. Connect the pressure hose to the power steering pump. Make sure to inspect the o-ring and replace as needed. Tighten the fitting to 275 in. lb. (31 Nm).
    5. Connect the low pressure return hose to the power steering pump.
    6. Connect the supply hose from the reservoir to the pump. Make sure the hose is not near drive belt.
    7. Install the drive belt and splash shield.
    8. Connect the fluid return hose to the steel tube on the cradle and cover with the heat shield sleeve.
    9. Properly position the protective heat sleeve over the return hose. Secure the heat sleeve with a tie strap to the hose to keep it in place.
    10. Install the exhaust system.
    11. Connect the oxygen sensor wiring connector to the vehicle wiring harness.
    12. Lower the vehicle.
    13. Connect the negative battery cable.
    14. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
    15. Check for leaks.
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    Oct 13, 2010 | 1997 Dodge Caravan

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    Remove PW steering hose


    Hi,

    The tools required are :-

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    • Small crescent wrench
    • Drain pan
    • Shop towel
    A Generic Procedure ( This example is for Other brand but might help you, if needed ) is :-

    Step 1

    The power steering pump is located on the right fire wall of your vehicle. Place the drain pan directly under the power steering pump and use your small crescent wrench to open the drain plug by turning it counterclockwise until removed. Take care that the car has had time to cool so that you do not burn yourself with the hot fluid. Allow the fluid to drain until it is slowly dripping.

    Step 2

    Use your large crescent wrench to turn the power steering line nut counterclockwise until it is completely loose. The line will not come off at this point.

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    Use your large crescent wrench to turn the bottom power steering line nut counterclockwise until free. Pull slightly upward and free the line from its seat. Both ends of the line will now come free and the line is removed.

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