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Since so many folks have done some excellent and helpful DIY threads for maintenance, I will try my hand at one that I have not found on here with Pics yet.

The hose that needs to be removed is to the right of the blue washer fluid cap and the bottom of the *********** steering reservoir.



First step is to slide clamp off of return hose. Then gradually wiggle off the hose in order to drain the reservoir. Make sure to have a small container ready for the fluid. I used a Vitamin water bottle. 8-10 ounces should come out of the reservoir. Keep disconnected return hose elevated so it doesn't leak any fluid. (I bent it around a nearby hose and it stayed).



To get all of the fluid, pull up and detach reservoir from the bracket it sits in, this will allow you to tip it over and dump it out.



After draining the fluid from the reservoir, you need to remove the fluid that is in the system. The service manual suggests attaching a hose to the return hose and placing that in a container. I didn't have anything around to do it that way so I just wedged the hose inside of another VW bottle. I found that to be simple and effective. Make sure the hose is in good and the bottle won't dislodge.



Turn on the engine and turn the wheel all the way right and left a few times (It just drips out, not a lot of pressure to worry about). About 10-12 oz should come out. Turn it off once the fluid stops draining out. This is what my fluid looked like after 76k miles. The new fluid looks like a Bud/Coors light.



Reattach return line and clamp. Slide reservoir back into its bracket and fill it up to the fill line and replace the cap. Turn on the car, and turn the wheel to the right and left extremes until it is smooth and all air is worked out. You may need to top it off and do the wheel thing again. I used about 1.5 containers of the fluid which should be around 18 oz.

Total cost: Less than $9 in fluid from the dealership (2 - 12 oz bottles).
Total time: 15 minutes.

I am not sure what the standard interval change is for this, but judging by the color of the fluid, I would recommend prior to 75k miles. (Maybe others could chime in on this part.)
 

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I did mine around 60k miles...it was somewhere between your "stout" and a new "pilsner" in color.
 

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I did mine at 35k and it looked brand new. i was like damn it. looked dirty through the bottle. I did the brake fluid too, and that also looked brand new.
 

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Thanks for posting with pics, and it looks easy to do. I'll be trying my hand at it sometime next week. I'll let you know what color the fluid is.
 

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Thanks for posting with pics, and it looks easy to do. I'll be trying my hand at it sometime next week. I'll let you know what color the fluid is.
Very cool, you will be fine. Make sure to post the mileage with what color it looks like so we can get a good bearing for when it should be changed. So far 35k may be too early, 60k is about right, and 75k may be too long.

I haven't disposed of the fluid yet, should I take it to the dealership I got it from for them to recycle or dispose of correctly? They weren't too excited when I brought back the used coolant.
 

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It isn't a ton of fluid. If you followed the directions then you should be fine. Make sure to get all the air out of the lines and check the level. It may need a topping off.
How can I be sure that all the air is out? Can you explain please. Also should I have fluid in between the two lines? Sorry, I am really bad when it comes to DIY. :D
 

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How can I be sure that all the air is out? Can you explain please. Also should I have fluid in between the two lines? Sorry, I am really bad when it comes to DIY. :D
All of the steps are in the beginning of the thread. If you did it that way, you should be good. You will know air is in the lines, it isn't smooth as you turn the wheel. Continue moving the steering wheel back and forth while the car is running to get the fluid pumping and the air will work its way out. As long as you are topped off on the reservoir you should be fine.
 

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Great guide - thanks for taking the time to document.

Probably obvious to most - but as a reminder - make sure you put the RETURN hose in the collection bottle (the smaller hose). If not - PS fluid will shoot out when you start it up and make a mess.

Been there...done that...cleaned it up quick.

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i need to do mine soon.thanks for the helpful instruction.
besides getting power steering fluids from dealership.what other power steering fluid can i use?
I'd stick with dealership fluid just to be safe.

Anyone w/ input on other fluids that meet the grade? :)
 

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Mine looks even darker than the OP's fluid and I only have 18,000 on the clock. Of course mine has been leaking out and is at the dealership right now getting fixed. I hope it's nothing major like the pump going bad. Which is a pretty good possibility considering the color of the fluid.
 

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all right i just did mine today and man..the pressure could hold the oil return line in the coke bottle and oil spilled all over the engine bay :razz::razz: took me a while to clean it up.but man.the old oil was really dirty.
after refilled the new fluids,and pushed all the air out.the steering is very very smooth now :lol:
my local honda dealership charged me about $9.5 for two bottles includes tax.
 

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For those asking about other brands of fluid. Dohcvtec got it for $10 from the dealer, I think I got mine from HandA for $6 for 2 bottles. I think it would be over thinking the situation by searching for another brand. For me, the peace of mind gained by using the right product outweighs the cheapness factor of trying to save a buck.

all right i just did mine today and man..the pressure could hold the oil return line in the coke bottle and oil spilled all over the engine bay :razz::razz: took me a while to clean it up.but man.the old oil was really dirty.
after refilled the new fluids,and pushed all the air out.the steering is very very smooth now :lol:
my local honda dealership charged me about $9.5 for two bottles includes tax.
I would just call your experience a minor engine bay detailing. ;-)
 

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I'd like to note that I think this can be easier and less messy if you use a Turkey baster to suck the fluid out of the tank. Therefore you won't have to disconnect any lines or remove the container. Just suck the fluid out, turn engine on and turn wheel like you said, then suck out the rest of the fluid that comes out and refill.
 

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I'd like to note that I think this can be easier and less messy if you use a Turkey baster to suck the fluid out of the tank. Therefore you won't have to disconnect any lines or remove the container. Just suck the fluid out, turn engine on and turn wheel like you said, then suck out the rest of the fluid that comes out and refill.
Start a DIY thread with pics and details. I for one think it will take you twice as long with twice as many tools, twice the people, and half as effective. I think the intake line can out-suck you and the baster.
 

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Silly question

I am sorry if this sounds so stupid, but please answer this for me. I simply added power steering fluid for someone with this exact same reservoir and I was just wondering, to put the cap back on, do you simply push it down, or is there something else i need to do to lock it in place.
I'm just used to cars with a screw off type cap and I am just wondering if I did something wrong just by pushing it on. I would think the pressure would blow it right off.
Please help.
 

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does this have to be done? I don't see it mentioned anywhere in the owner's manual.
Only if you like keeping things in top shape and want to avoid the potential for future problems. ;-)

Moisture and other contaminates can damage the pump and other components of the power stering systems which are expensive and difficult to replace/repair.

Replaceing the fluid occasionally is cheap and easy.
 

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This is going to be my next "project". Just double-checking, only the "upper" return hose needs to be removed, you dont touch the hose that's on the bottom of the resevoir. Is this correct?
Correct...Only remove the return line that is coming out of the side. The bottom one does not get touched.
 

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Did mine the other day. Forgot to take pictures, but looked same color as Basset Box's. There is a black insert, so fluid looked darker than it really was. It was hard turning steering wheel back and forth while trying to remove fluid in system. Was worried, when I replaced fluid, pump made "squeeling" noise and lots of bubbling in fluid reservoir:shock:. I kept turning steering wheel back and forth, turned off engine and waited around 5 min. Bubbling and noise disappeared. Boy was I relieved, I thought I did something wrong:grin:.
 

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Did mine the other day. Forgot to take pictures, but looked same color as Basset Box's. There is a black insert, so fluid looked darker than it really was. It was hard turning steering wheel back and forth while trying to remove fluid in system. Was worried, when I replaced fluid, pump made "squeeling" noise and lots of bubbling in fluid reservoir:shock:. I kept turning steering wheel back and forth, turned off engine and waited around 5 min. Bubbling and noise disappeared. Boy was I relieved, I thought I did something wrong:grin:.
That's just the air working its way out of the system ..just turn the wheel all the way both ways till it feels normal.
 
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