Proper steering gear bleeding instructions:
- Fill pump reservoir with factory fluid.
- Ensure the tires and steering unit are in center-forward position(straight alignment).
- Start engine and check that the power steering fluid is maintained at a high and consistent level.
- Add any fluid if needed and allow engine to reach operating temperature, be sure that while conducting any rotations the cap is back on the pump.
- Once engine is at operating temperature, rotate the steering wheel gradually into a 3 o’clock position. Hold this position for about 60 seconds, this allows the hydraulic process to begin smoothly.
- Repeat the last step, slowly move the wheel into further rotations (11 o’clock, 12, 1 etc…), be observant of any whiny noises during the pauses in between or while rotating the steering wheel, if a girdle of fluid or whiny air noise occurs, STOP, this isn’t necessarily bad, the air just needs to achieve a balance within the fluid in the box.
- Further rotate the steering wheel equally left and right until lock-to-lock steering is achieved.
- Now slowly, steer the wheel to a complete left and complete right, check the fluid once more.
- The vehicle is ready for a test drive and afterwards… check the fluid!
A word of advice, “Take your time! This process can normally take 15-20 minutes”.