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Finished a power steering flush today myself, she has 117k on her. The first flush was done by the dealer at 60k. I think i paid them $80-$100. I won't do that again.
Keep in mind that I have about zero skills at turning wrenches. I used turkey baster to extract as much PS fluid out of the reservoir as I could. Then I added two ounces of Seafoam Trans Tune and topped her off with clean 5931 PS fluid. I used Valvoline as wally world had it for $12 a gallon. Ran the truck about 500 miles this week.
This morning, I used the turkey baster again but filled the reservoir with 100% Trans Tune then drove about twenty miles and drained all of the power steering fluid. Then I poured the rest of the Trans Tune into the reservoir and let it drain. Then I connected the hose back and added PS fluid until the system was full. I drained the fluid by removing the hose that connects the PS pump to the PS cooler under the front dumper. During the drain processes, I turned the steering wheel from side to side to push everything out (engine off).
I was surprised at how easy this was and it took about twenty minutes to perform. Total cost: $22.
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2001 1500, LB, Extended Cab, 5.2, 4.56, 285/75R16, Dynatech High Flow Cat, Flowmaster Big Block 50, 3 inch exhaust, Hypertech 87. Fastman 50mmTB, 14x3 K&N
from what i saw in the DIY, you can just remove a hose that runs into the radiator. however, i noticed my tube (and it sounds like yours) goes into the cooler. never heard about that or knew where it was. i took a pic earlier..anyway, i think you can just pull that hose that runs from PS to this cooler and let it drain. then just top it off with new brake fluid correct? thats what i remember from the DIY...any input? thanks
so i believe this is the "cooler". one line runs to the PS and where does the other one go? thanks
lucas makes a real good PS fluid, really thick stuff. For my PS fluid changes i take the return line off at the resevoir and turn it down into a pail. Take the cap off the resevoir and fill it right up. Now turn the engine on and turn the steering wheel from side to side forcing the old fluid out into the bucket, make sure to keep adding fluid to the resevoir while it is being pumped out. Keep doing that until clean fluid comes out, then turn the truck off reconnect your hose and you are as good as new.
1998 Ram 1500 w/ 360 Air Raid intake, Flow Master exhaust, Superchips, 31" x 10.5" rubber on Eagle Alloys, 5.9L Engine Club #32
2002 Ram 1500 QC w/ 360 K&N CAI, Flowmaster 50 series, SC 3865
Trans tune is not meant to flush our particular power steering boxes. The seals in the gear box are incredibly prone to leakage and that abrasive of a cleaner is not a wise idea. If you read the owners manual, there is a very specific type of PS fluid recommended for use and it specifically warns against using alternate fluids.
More than likely trans tune is similar to the Lucas product for transmissions that softens seals and causes them to expand and then eventually shred apart.
A simple exchange of ps fluids is all that is needed to flush the system.