I did mine around 60k miles...it was somewhere between your "stout" and a new "pilsner" in color.
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.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.
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.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.
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.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.
I'd stick with dealership fluid just to be safe.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 would just call your experience a minor engine bay detailing. ;-)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.
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.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.
Only if you like keeping things in top shape and want to avoid the potential for future problems. ;-)does this have to be done? I don't see it mentioned anywhere in the owner's manual.
it just pops on and off., 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.
Correct...Only remove the return line that is coming out of the side. The bottom one does not get touched.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?
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.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:.