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96 wagon-Power Steering Flush

06-14-2010, 02:34 PM
I have replaced my steering rack for the second time.
I used the Haines manual to flush the system as they recomended for the first time I replaced a rack. the second time I did this I did not remove the return line from the rack but instead removed it from the resevior and plugged the bottom line on the resevior. everything seemed ok and I got nothing but clear new power steering fluid comming out of the return line into the resevior. After I connected everything I bled the system with the car up on jackstands as the manual states. when I was done I checked the level of fluid and noticed the it had turned dark and grey.
could anyone please let me know if I did anything wrong?
I don't want to drive it with bad fuid in a new rack and have it damage it.

06-14-2010, 02:53 PM
Provided the pump is ok, your bleed procedure is fine. Remove the return line at the reservoir and plug the reservoir. Then direct the line you removed into a bucket, start the engine and pour in the fluid while turning the steering wheel back and forth til it comes clear... perfect. It sounds like the only thing you're doing wrong is going to the wrong place to buy the parts.

06-14-2010, 03:00 PM
OK the difference from what your saying and what I did is I did not start the engine and move the wheel I only false started it to get the pump moving the fluid in the line. Thank you for helping me. I'm going to try that as soon as wifey gets home from

06-14-2010, 03:14 PM
Better have a gallon or so of fluid and be ready to DUMP 'cause it takes it pretty darn fast! Don't let the pump run dry!

06-15-2010, 07:02 AM

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