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Recommend Power steering fluid

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hektor, Dec 17, 2019.

  1. Dec 17, 2019 at 9:48 PM
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    Hektor

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    Hi guys, quick question what fluid do you recommend for my taco steering wheel. Doing a flush, I now it used transmission fluid. Just wanna know if I should get the one from the stealership. Also how many qtrs do I need??
     
  2. Dec 17, 2019 at 10:01 PM
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    Toyotas use ATF for the power steering, not power steering fluid. Dextron III/IV ATF, pick whichever brand tickles your fancy. Don't need to waste money on the Toyota stuff imo
    When I change mine out I just buy a couple quarts and usually have some left over, but I don't do a flush. I do the syringe/turkey baster method of replacing the fluid in the reservoir, turn the wheels then repeat until it looks clean
     
  3. Dec 17, 2019 at 11:56 PM
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    been eyeballing this - tired of that damn turkey baster :anonymous:

    https://smile.amazon.com/OEMTOOLS-24397-Liter-Evacuator-Dispenser/dp/B01BW393E2/
     
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  4. Dec 18, 2019 at 2:23 AM
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    I have something like that from MityVac. For two of my cars, I can run the extractor tube down into the PS reservoir return line area and then place a small funnel in the top. That allows me to fill and extract at the same time. I haven't' tried it on the Taco because the reservoir opening is smaller. A small diameter metal tube may make it possible on the Taco. I've also used it for "power bleeding" a very difficult clutch. I used a clear tube that I could place over the clutch bleeder valve and then pumped up the vacuum.

    I've had the Mityvac for so many years that the pump diaphragm dried out and stopped working. I think its good to find one of these where you can buy the seal kit at a later date.
     
  5. Dec 18, 2019 at 7:03 AM
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  6. Dec 18, 2019 at 9:16 AM
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    I call it the turkey baster method but I use one of those hand pumps you can buy in the gear oil section at the local parts store...just put one end in the reservoir and the other end in an empty bottle then pump a few times and it pulls all the fluid out.
     
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  7. Dec 18, 2019 at 9:19 AM
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    but this one has so many uses... @CS_AR nailed it - power bleeding

    I hear you, I have one of those hand pumps from the gear oil section as well. :anonymous:
     
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  8. Dec 18, 2019 at 9:21 AM
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    Mine said use ATF. So I used Valvoline MaxLife, same stuff I put in the transmission.
     
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  9. Dec 18, 2019 at 9:34 AM
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    This is the best cheap way of doing it you will need the following

    20ml Syringe with plastic tube i got mine for $2 https://www.ebay.com/itm/20ml-Plast...ation-Kit-with-18cm-Tube-Tool-US/232964230264

    At least 2 quarts of ATF i use the 1 gallon non synthetic in the blue bottle from walmart $15

    3" piece of 3/8 tube and a bolt that will fit tight enough to plug it off completely

    Step 1: Suck all of the fluid out of the reservoir with the syringe
    Step 2: Remove the return line from the reservoir and point it down into a bucket or catch pan.
    Step 3: Put short piece of 3/8" line with a bolt stuck in the bottom back onto the reservoir so it will not leak
    Step 4: Jack up front end so both front tires are off the ground so you can turn the wheel easy without the truck running
    Step 5: Turn wheel back and forth pushing all of the old fluid out of the return line and into the catch pan
    Step 6: Fill up reservoir up to the top with fresh ATF and turn wheel back and forth pushing fresh fluid through the system until the fluid coming out of the return line is red and clean
    Step 6: Re-attach return line to the reservoir and top off the fluid and turn wheel back and forth until all of the air is worked out of the system.
    Step 7: Once fluid is bled check fluid level and adjust as necessary drive the truck around and check it again.

    It's never a good idea to bleed power steering fluid with the truck running it's a good way to ruin the pump
     
  10. Dec 18, 2019 at 12:34 PM
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    Yup, +1 for this, way better than the turkey baster. I tried the turkey baster but it just leaks all over. Using actual syringe with tubing is way easier for all the bleeding/flushing jobs (brakes, clutch, power steering) IMO
     
  11. Dec 18, 2019 at 12:35 PM
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    not to mention you won't get in trouble for ruining your wife's brand new turkey baster (learned that the hard way)
     
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  12. Dec 18, 2019 at 12:38 PM
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    lol yikes
     
  13. Dec 19, 2019 at 4:06 PM
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    This inexpensive set-up works good for removing fluids.

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    Huy guys quick question, How often should this service be done?
     
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