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Unread 01-18-2016, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default Power steering boils

I should be tried, found guilty and hanged for abuse and negligence on my truck.

Boiled the power steering fluid while wheeling in the snow. After spending nearly two hours thinking it was the front locker not disengaging and screwing around in the dark on a icy trail I gave up and decided to head home (1.5hr drive) praying I would not break the front diff.

15 mins on the road and I had an epiphany...I remember Blair blowing out a power steering line on the trail. I remember going into town and getting him a new line.

Pulled over at a gas station and checked the reservoir. It looked mostly full but an amount had come out the cap. So I thought that probably wasn't it. So onward home. In the clarity of light I discovered my cause and the shame waved over me.

My reservoir was so black (probably from boiled oil and poor (very) maintenance) that it looked pretty full of oil. Opening the cap I found sludge that took me three hours, two cans of degreaser, multiple rinse outs with soap and water, and lots of scraping with a thin wire to clean it out.

The reservoir is still yellowish, not white, but now it's clean.

Once the res was clean I reattached everything and with the wheels in the air cycled the steering lock to lock multiple times to get air out and to circulate the old fluid.

I siphoned the res multiple times until I was happy with the clarity of the fluid.

Ordered a cooler (thanks James and Andries for the suggestion) and once it arrives I'll drain all the fluid again and fresher it up. Ill probably get a new reservoir too.

In the meantime at least I have my steering back and no drama with a front locker or diff to deal with. Phew!

Pictures to follow to officially shame myself.
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The Dirtier than hell reservoir




Just a 20th of the sludge I washed out




More dirty sludge




Sludge than came out as I scraped - there was lots of this!

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Unread 01-19-2016, 12:59 AM   #3
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At least no major damage. Fluid changes and maintenance is something that tends to sneak up and catch us off guard. Luckily seems like you got off easy this time. I would expect the fluid will get dirty quickly again as it flushes out moe gunk in the system.
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Wow that's funky!

Just at the end of last month, I actually flushed my power steering fluid for the first time @ 93k on the odometer, not as bad as I thought it would be. But glad to know it was pretty easy to do.

Hopefully none of the other crap that built up will clog anything for you and cause your system any further issues.
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