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Old 12-10-2004, 09:27 AM
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Changing '02 Explorer Power Steering Fluid

My Ford Dealer told me that I need to change the power steering fluid on my 02 Explorer. He said it wasn't bright red anymore and recommend spending $110 to flush and refill the system. I said "no" because I've never had to replace the fluid in any of my cars. It isn't even in the manual as a maintenance item. I got it home and began thinking it couldn't hurt anything to change it every few years or so.

Does anyone know the proper procedure to change the power steering fluid?
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Old 12-11-2004, 12:09 AM
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Never heard of a procedure for that. Maybe you could empty the reservoir with a turkey baster and refill a few times with some driving in between? I'm thinking about doing that with my wife's Windstar because the PS fluid doesn't look all that great. Not as good as a complete drain and refill, but alot better than nothing.
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Maybe you could empty the reservoir with a turkey baster and refill a few times with some driving in between?
That's the way I do it. This way dosn't give a full transfer of fluid, but it keeps the possible leaks (from removing hoses) to a mimimum.
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