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After watching several DIY PSF flush videos, I took the good points from them to create what I feel is the best method of getting a complete flush without starting the vehicle which allows the fluid to become aerated (foam). This can be a big problem and is unnecessary. Here are the steps....
- Place towels/rags all around PS reservoir, over serpentine belt and alternator to prevent any spill from getting into/on vital components.
- Draw out all the old PSF you can from the reservoir.
- Disconnect upper/smaller return line from the reservoir.
- Cap hose barb on reservoir. I used a rubber vacuum cap. (Assortment sold at O'Reilly's)
- With a double sided 3/8 hose barb I connect an additional length of hose to the return line to the floor dropping the end into a container to capture old fluid.
- Set parking brake, chock back wheels.
- Lift both front tires just slightly off the ground.
- Fill reservoir with fresh PSF.
- Unlock steering wheel with key. Do not start. Disconnect battery if you don't trust yourself.
- Begin turning steering wheel lock to lock, slowly. This will pump old fluid out drawing fresh fluid in from the reservoir.
- IMPORTANT! Stop frequently to refill reservoir, prevent air from being drawn into the system. One turn of the wheel draws a lot.
- Repeat until fresh fluid is observed flowing out of return line.
- The fluid level must drop below the 3/8 hose barb on the reservoir to reconnect the return line.
- Reconnect the return line to the reservoir.
- Fill reservoir to the max level.
- Replace cap.
- Remove towels/rags from the engine compartment.
- Pat self on the back for not making a mess.