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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by John Shaffer, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. Sep 24, 2019 at 7:25 PM
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    John Shaffer

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    Hello Everyone,
    I am thinking of using a turkey baster to remove the power steering fluid in my Tacoma and replacing it with Lucas.
    How much fluid do I need because I have yet to locate any information about this topic in my owners manual.
    Thank you,

    John
     
  2. Sep 24, 2019 at 7:26 PM
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  3. Sep 24, 2019 at 7:49 PM
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    Remove as much as you can, replace the exact same amount. Run the ruck around the block. Repeat 2x. Return the still full bottles.
     
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    Have you opened the cap? The actual opening is small, around 1/2". Most turkey basters don't fit. You'll probably need a suction gun.

    You just need generic Dexron 3. It's cheap at the Toyota dealer, some $5 for a bottle, and you'll need less than half a bottle.
     
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  5. Sep 25, 2019 at 6:57 AM
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    Thanks guys,
    I will do as both of you instructed but I still have one question.
    Dexron 3 is transmission fluid, so is that ok to use it in the power steering system?
    Thanks again,

    John
     
  6. Sep 25, 2019 at 7:09 AM
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    When you're serious about siphoning brake/power steering fluid/etc.

    Mityvac Fluid Evacuator.png
     
  8. Sep 25, 2019 at 7:56 AM
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    Save your money, Lucas won't do anything special for your power steering just use whatever is on sale
     
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    Dexron 3 is spec'd in the owner's manual for the power steering system for 2nd and 3rd gen Tacos. Don't use dedicated power steering fluid - you might get leaks due to chemical incompatibility with the rack seals.

    Don't use Toyota WS transmission fluid (which is actually in the Taco transmission) in the power steering system either, since it's lower viscosity and might cause leaks.
     
  11. Sep 25, 2019 at 10:33 AM
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    Thank you to each and everyone that responded to my questions.
    I am glad that I found this forum and appreciate the support.
    Now to go and get what I need to change out the power steering fluid.
    Thanks again,

    John
     
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  12. Sep 25, 2019 at 11:26 AM
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    I use a dedicated gear pump fluid pump. Put the end in reservoir and put tube in bottle to catch fluid
     
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  13. Sep 25, 2019 at 11:28 AM
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    Also your truck manual says use ATF for the power steering system
     
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    Now you're going to make me go look. I'd swear the cap right on the reservoir says WS.
     
  15. Sep 25, 2019 at 11:49 AM
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    You can attach hose to a syringe to extract fluid
     
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    Dexron is the correct fluid
     
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  17. Sep 25, 2019 at 7:15 PM
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    Just looked and there's nothing on the cap, so it was my imagination. Note the thread I linked above has several mentions of using WS, which is what I used. I plan on doing a flush and swapping in the Dextron. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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  18. Sep 25, 2019 at 7:58 PM
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    Thanks again to everyone for offering your support.
    I will get some Dexron 3 and have at it.
    My 2013 Taco only has 43,000 clicks on it but I want it to last a long time so I am willing to take care of it to the best of my abilities.
    I recently purchased this second hand from a Toyota dealer outside of Pittsburgh, Pa and while it is in good shape overall, the frame was slightly rusted and it also had many scratches in the Nautical Blue paint. POR 15 addressed the rust issues and Maguires Scratch X 20 did a wonderful job on 90% of the scratches.
    I changed out the fluid in the front and rear differentials as well as the transfer case.
    I will not drain (or should I say pump out) the transmission fluid for a while but it will get done around 90,000 clicks.
    Ok, thank you all again very much and I now know where to go for future support.
    Take care,

    John
     
  19. Sep 26, 2019 at 8:49 AM
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    Just checked my maintenance logs and I used Maxlife rather than WS, so I should be good.
     
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