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I have always used turkey baster. Drain as much fluid as you're able to and refill. That should be enough to replenish the fluid. if you drain and refill several times (drive it first and work the steering side to side), you will replace most of it. I only do it once and found it is good enough. I do this to all my cars every five years.
 

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I have always used turkey baster. Drain as much fluid as you're able to and refill. That should be enough to replenish the fluid. if you drain and refill several times (drive it first and work the steering side to side), you will replace most of it. I only do it once and found it is good enough. I do this to all my cars every five years.
Awesome! That totally works too but, I'd recommend every 2yrs or just drain and fill the res. once a year after you've done the drain and fill several times method. This would pretty much be the simplest no mess, and least fuss method.

My post on what I did makes it sound like it's a very long and involved process but, really only takes about 15min. every two years and makes sure there is no (or absolutely minimal) old PSF leftover in the system. Only thing you need extra is some 3/8 hose, a 3/8 hose adapter/connector, and a pair of pliers for the hose clamp.

It is simply:
-jack the front tires off the ground
-pump/turkey baster the fluid out of the res.
-disconnect the return line which, is the smaller hose going into the res. (put a rag underneath to catch any leaked fluid as there will be some that you just can't get out of the res with the pump)
-plug the return line connection on the res. (saran wrap and rubber band)
-connect about 4ft.of 3/8 hose to return line with 3/8 hose connector and run to a bucket to collect old fluid.
-top off the res. with new fluid
-turn ignition key on so you disengage the steering wheel lock
-turn wheel full to the right then left and back to center
-top off res. again with new fluid
-repeat until new fluid comes out the return line.
-stop turning the steering wheel once the fluid level in the res. is between the min. max. marks
-reconnect your return line to res.
-add fluid if needed to be between the min. max marks
-done
-repeat every 2 years
 

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Awesome! That totally works too but, I'd recommend every 2yrs or just drain and fill the res. once a year after you've done the drain and fill several times method. This would pretty much be the simplest no mess, and least fuss method.

My post on what I did makes it sound like it's a very long and involved process but, really only takes about 15min. every two years and makes sure there is no (or absolutely minimal) old PSF leftover in the system. Only thing you need extra is some 3/8 hose, a 3/8 hose adapter/connector, and a pair of pliers for the hose clamp.

It is simply:
-jack the front tires off the ground
-pump/turkey baster the fluid out of the res.
-disconnect the return line which, is the smaller hose going into the res. (put a rag underneath to catch any leaked fluid as there will be some that you just can't get out of the res with the pump)
-plug the return line connection on the res. (saran wrap and rubber band)
-connect about 4ft.of 3/8 hose to return line with 3/8 hose connector and run to a bucket to collect old fluid.
-top off the res. with new fluid
-turn ignition key on so you disengage the steering wheel lock
-turn wheel full to the right then left and back to center
-top off res. again with new fluid
-repeat until new fluid comes out the return line.
-stop turning the steering wheel once the fluid level in the res. is between the min. max. marks
-reconnect your return line to res.
-add fluid if needed to be between the min. max marks
-done
-repeat every 2 years
The pilot is the 4th car I have used this method on and should work for your other cars too :).
 

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About to do this again soon. 3x PS fluid drain & fill, driving it some miles between each and "workin' it."

No longer use an actual turkey baster. It's actually easier and less messy with a little hand pump.



FLUID HAND TRANSFER PUMP FOR QUART BOTTLES Gas Motor Oil Transmission Extractor 39593175468 | eBay

 

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About to do this again soon. 3x PS fluid drain & fill, driving it some miles between each and "workin' it."

No longer use an actual turkey baster. It's actually easier and less messy with a little hand pump.



FLUID HAND TRANSFER PUMP FOR QUART BOTTLES Gas Motor Oil Transmission Extractor 39593175468 | eBay

The Lumax is exactly the pump I have.
 

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About to do this again soon. 3x PS fluid drain & fill, driving it some miles between each and "workin' it."

No longer use an actual turkey baster. It's actually easier and less messy with a little hand pump
Same pump is under $10 at Harbor Freight

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Valve Adjustments and a little cleanup in the engine bay .. not bad for 256k

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Got rid of the donut (spare) .... took a chisel and a torch to remove the rusted spare-tire-hoist.
After I extricate my never lowered or used 16 yr old spare tire I should probably test the unused jack. The attached picture from @WannaLearn doesn’t inspire much confidence when lifting a Pilot with the OEM scissor jack. In addition the jack will be useless with my LIFTED Pilot.
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Haven’t Done No work to My Car Ever really. No Engine clean, No Tune Up, No Detailing, No Transmission fluid Change. But I Want to do ALL that Today. While I still got this momentum. It’ll be rough trying to do this once I become lazy again. Any Suggestions?
 

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I had a productive day with the Pilot. Changed the rear differential fluid, drained and refilled the front trans with Maxlife ATF (for the second time in a week), then drove an hour to a junkyard that has an 04 Pilot and got a full size wheel with decent tire for use as my new spare, then came home and did a third round of ATF drain and fill with Maxlife. My garage really stunk after dealing with all that differential fluid and ATF. Maxlife smells really nasty compared to DW-1.
 

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My garage really stunk after dealing with all that differential fluid and ATF. Maxlife smells really nasty compared to DW-1.
If you're dabbing a little behind your ears and/or elsewhere, you're doing it wrong. It's not enchanting Eau de Max. :p


Of course you used VTM-4 fluid only for your rear diff, right?

Congrats on the full size spare. You are now a Piloteer worthy of the name. :)
But I'm still required by statute to ask, "Valve side up or down?"
 

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To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane, I fixed the
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bolts on the
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license plates.

Again. This time I had to use expandable dry wall mollies on the inside. I spent more time and more sweat on this than anyone should have to.
 

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Again. This time I had to use expandable dry wall mollies on the inside. I spent more time and more sweat on this than anyone should have to.
You couldn't just use a larger self-tapping machine screw? If you get desperate the Gorilla two-sided tape will take care of your problems - of course, you're likely to peel off some paint when you take the plate off, but it would've been much easier than those mollies from hell...
 
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