Power steering fluid change

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Power steering fluid change

Post by Deadcentre » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:12 pm


Looking to do a bit of preventative maintainance on my 2005 Passat (B5.5), namely the power steering fluid. I’m pretty sure it’s the original fluid (so nearly 15 years and 132000 miles old). No issues with steering, pump, leaks or noise etc.

What are people’s thoughts on the turkey baster method? I.e. sucking fluid out of the reservoir and replacing it with new, the using car a for a few days and repeating several times? Favour this method for simplicity and is better than doing nothing I presume?

So long as the correct fluid is used, can you see any issues with mixing old with new?

Thanks in advance.


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Re: Power steering fluid change

Post by howey » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:24 pm

Just take rubber pipe off pump, ideally jack up both front wheels and do steering lock to lock a dozen times then start engine for a few moments.

Resecure hose to pump and refill
Best place is dealer/tps about a tenner a liter and 1 liter will do the job

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