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Old 10-05-2008, 09:50 PM
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Ok, I've been freaking searching for the past hour on a solid DIY for changing the PS fluid in my 2004 QC Hemi. I just got it 2 months ago and am in the process of changing out all the fluids. I'm sort of mechanically inclined and I figure the PS change is a cake-walk, but I still need a bit more info before tackling it.

I figure all that needs to be done is remove the PS reservoir cap, remove both PS fluid lines going into cooler, let drain, plug up lines, and add in new PS fluid.

I know I need the ATF+4 but how much? And does the above DIY sound about right?

Thanks so much guys, I'm still a newbie with my Ram, but I really look forward to a long relationship with all of you.

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Old 10-05-2008, 11:12 PM
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Congrats on your new purchase!

I know there's a process on how to do a drain refill, but here's what I do:

About every other oil change (or when I'm bored or my girlfriend kicks me out of the house) I'll get one of those fluid pumps (I guess you could use a shampoo bottle pump if you rinse it out well enough) and I simply pump all the fluid out of the reservoir, then I top off. This alone is enough to keep my power steering fluid nice and clean. I've done this to all my cars that I've owned, and it seems to be enough to keep the fluid in good shape. Plus it's super easy, takes about 5 minutes, and you don't have to undo anything.
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So, I wouldn't just be able remove the PS fluid lines and drain it that way? Thanks for the advice, but I would find it easier and more thorough to just rip the lines out and drain it...

Anybody got the correct fluid capacity? Really need that for the PS reservoir...
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Anyone with the correct fluid capacity? It's not in the manual, and I need to know if my 'DIY' will work ok...

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Old 10-06-2008, 06:16 PM
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I dunno the capacity but just letting you know dodge uses tranny fluid as PS fluid. This is my first dodge and I didn't know that until a month of owning the truck...I was like "WTF, this is tranny fluid!". Every other vehicle i've owned has used regular PS fluid..
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Yeah, I got that I can use ATF+4 for both tranny and PS...I just have no clue about the capacity.

Anyone have any clue?

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lol...wow, I guess not many folks change out their PS fluid round these parts... I was hoping to get this done today before vacation, but it looks like I'll have to tackle it when I get back.

Hopefully I'll have an answer by then...
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Shops use a 2 qt. running flush, I would by 3 qts, remove and fill the res. Start and turn the wheels full left, right x3 then drain fill res, doing this until 3 qts are gone. this will assure a flushed change, turning wheels will move fluid out of gear box or racnpin. do it all the time on my 02 dodge ram with no problems. Hope this helps
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You can get Mopar ATF+4 at Wal-Mart for about 5 bucks a quart. OEM stuff, and cheap, too!
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