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Old 05-23-2013, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Power steering flush?

My dealer just started recommending a brake system flush and a power steering system flush every two years. I've been doing the brake system flush, but have never had the power steering system flushed. The car is almost seven years old, but has only 18.5k miles on it. What do you think about the recommendation? Thanks.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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Strange you say this. I was just telling someone the other day how Chevy called me last year about a PS flush.

My wife has a 08 Tahoe and at 60k they called to advise a PS flush. I told them to call back the next day. I went home to read the manual that did not cover and advise a PS flush.

They called, and of course, cussed the sales weasel out and I will never go there again.

That is the first and only time I have ever heard of PS flush.

My vote; NO.

Of course, I don't think it will hurt, but I do not know if it's a requirement.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:10 PM   #3
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We sell ps flushes at work(kia tech at a ford/kia dealer) all the time as an upsell as one of our BG maintence guides which is recommended at 35k miles. Cost is 104.99+tax and takes about 15 minutes with the special BG machine that basically does all the work for you as you touch the button.

Now as far as it being a requirement I would say yes the stuff we use that BG supplies us is an exceptional synthetic fluid but if its not in the owners manual as far as a maintence task no its not NEEDED. If your car had more years on it or mileage i could see doing the service

Ford ps fluid is just transmission fluid anyway(mercon V) ford does not have a designated ps fluid.
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You can do this yourself. Get a turkey baster, an empty milk jug, and the proper fluid. Stick the turkey baster into the PS fluid tank, and then suck it out. Add new fluid, and repeat. You will be done when its blood red.

I've done this with a bunch of my cars, and it quiets down the PS pump. You can search on the internet for more information if you want.

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You can do this yourself. Get a turkey baster, an empty milk jug, and the proper fluid. Stick the turkey baster into the PS fluid tank, and then suck it out. Add new fluid, and repeat. You will be done when its blood red.

I've done this with a bunch of my cars, and it quiets down the PS pump. You can search on the internet for more information if you want.

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I've been doing the exact same procedure on mine. Works well and has quieted down the PS pump.
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I appreciate the comments. I'm not going to do any flushing or partial refilling for now. I did suction out a tiny amount of fluid from the reservoir and put it on a white paper towel. The fluid was a nice pink color.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:14 PM   #7
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Even though it is not in the required maintenance, I would also do it every couple years or 30K. It's a fluid people. Going though a vane type pump. Being extremely pressurized. Is it 100% necessary? Obviously not, because almost no manufacture recommends them in the scheduled maintenance. But it will prolong the life of the pump and rack.
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