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Replacing Power Steering Fluid

Discussion in 'VZ Holden Commodore (2004 - 2006)' started by CONROD, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. CONROD

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    This one,s aimed at RICEY,
    mate I understand your a Holden Techy,what procedure can you reccomend I follow in regards to changing the fluid in my power steering (VZ 6Lt),also do I just replace it with DEXRON ATF (DEX 111) or do you reccomend using another type of fluid.
    I would like to stay with what ever is in it from the factory to avoid having any issues with incompatible/cross contamination from mixing different fluids eg; Synthetic or Mineral,or in your opinion, if it dosent matter,and no detrimental issues towards the seals etc will arise from using a different fluid.

    Or in a more easier way of me asking,:blah blah: if you were to do a fluid change at work, What is your way of flushing/changing the fluid and what would you guys put back in it?
    Also what is the total fluid capacity of the power steering unit,inc cooler.
    Sorry for rattling ya brain,but I like to know what I,m up for,before I tackle the job;;;;;;
    Any hints or advise is much appreciated
    Cheers mate,Conrod:beer chug:
     
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    Easiest way is to take the line that returns to the P/S reservoir off. This will do two things, it will drain most of the fluid out of the reservoir, and it will also allow you to flush the system.

    Next what you need to do is grab a mate, a container of Dex III and a suitable container you can stick the return hose into.
    Put the end of the hose into the empty container you've chosen and then block off the hole in the reservoir with your finger and fill the reservoir.
    Get your mate (a trustworthy one) to cycle the ignition on and off very quickly. This will draw the fluid out of the res. and deposit it into the container.
    Refill the reservoir and rinse and repeat until you are satisfied with the colour of the fluid.
     
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    You will find the plastic reservoir has a fine screen filter in the bottom of it from memory....
    I took the reservoir off an washed it out with metholated spirits and flushed the fine metal particles out.
     
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    Thanx for your replies fellas,like your way of thinking,and thanks for the pointers,
    Cheers!!!
     
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    We use a special flushing machine but for do it yourself Sabbath's method is fine.

    They take Dex III and to flush it through completely we normally use around 3 litres.
     
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    Thanks Champ,much appreciated:beer chug:
     
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    I take it sabbath's method wont actually flush the lines/rack though will it?
     
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    yes sabbath's method will flush the entire system mate. The new fluid goes from the reservoir to the pump, through the lines, rack and back out the return line into external container. normally it would go back to into the reservoir and the cycle would repeat.
     
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    Awesome,
    I assume its the same for a VX LS1 as well?
     
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    How often is power steering fluid supposed to be changed?
     
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    what exactly is meant by this?
     
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    what it means if you need a friend to turn the engine on and off quickly before the power steering reservoir empties (this will happen pretty quickly) as this will introduce air into the system and make the process all the more difficult. You want to top up the reservoir with more fluid before it is totally empty. Getting air in the system isn't the end of the world but the pump will be noisy and airate the fluid for a few days. You'll need to add fluid once the air bubbles to the top of the reservoir.
     
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    ahh right. thats what i thought. thanks mate
     
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    Just a tip of you do get air in the system (you will know, makes a lot of noise). Jack both front wheels off the ground and turn lock to lock slowly about ten times, start it up and do the same just to make sure you got all the air out, if there's still air just repeat.
     
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    Does this method work with a v6 vt wagon aswell? Mine feels like it has nothing in it
     
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    will work on most power steering for commodores , can even do a hz tonner,
     

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