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Old 11-15-2004, 01:56 PM   #1
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How do i flush the power steering in my focus?

Is the power steering suppose to a blackish color? A mechanic said I needed it flushed. I was thinking I can disconnect the hose from the Power steering fluid box to the radiator, let it leak out and then plug it back in and add new power steering fluid?


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Old 11-15-2004, 02:35 PM   #2
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There are two ideas on this.

One - do nothing. (you should be fine)
Two - Take it somewhere and have them do it if you want it done.

What you are describing is a drain and fill. Personally I don't think they are needed. They have only been pushing these for a few years now and I believe it is just a way to make more money.
5 yrs ago no one thought about doing this. I just don't see the need.

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Old 11-29-2004, 10:30 AM   #3
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Haven't done my 04 Focus yet, but I have on my 00 F350. Use the flush method. Find a return line without pressure, disconnect it. Then extend it into a old milk jug. Run the engine until the resoirvoir is almost empty, stop, refill and repeat until you've flush about 50% more than the system capacity through it. Cycle the wheel from left to right a few times during the flush.
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while we are on this topic, how do you drain a little bit of flid off cos my res is about half an inch over the MAX line. i told the fitters at my local dealer when it went for a check up but they said it doesnt matter and with my reply of " well surely the max line is there for a reason" they told me to "eff off" politely. can any damage be done from too much fluid?
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while we are on this topic, how do you drain a little bit of flid off cos my res is about half an inch over the MAX line. i told the fitters at my local dealer when it went for a check up but they said it doesnt matter and with my reply of " well surely the max line is there for a reason" they told me to "eff off" politely. can any damage be done from too much fluid?
Bess, I'd use what we call here in the States a "turkey baster" to remove excess fluid, working thru the filler opening. Available anywhere they sell kitchen utensils. I doubt there's much chance of damage from excess fluid. I saw one overfilled once and it popped the filler and spewed all over the engine compartment. Messy but not damaging.
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Old 11-30-2004, 06:41 PM   #6
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Black Bess, Ford is right on that one in my opinion. I have mine 1/2 over the MAX line and have been running that way for a year with no problems. Also my brake & engine coolant reservoirs are slightly over MAX as well without problems. I'd rather have it slightly over than slightly under.
Extra Info: When the brake reservoir leaks or looses fluid down to about half way down the bottle (1/4 inch or so under MIN) the brake light will come on telling you to add fluid.
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You can blow seals having it over full. It is designed to hold a certain amount and there is extra pressure when you have excess fluid. You can get away with it for a while but I would do as soffiler said and get it out with a baster.
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