No problem at all, I’ll try my best
Step 1 – Removing the old fluid from the reservoir tank & & loosening the tank
1. Locate the black reservoir tank (to the left of the engine, with a red cap & normally a sticker on with a s/wheel on it
) & remove the cap.
2. Take your ice cream tub (or an old plastic coke bottle) & start to suck up the fluid into the turkey baster, then squirt it carefully into your container/bottle....Try to get as much out as possible, as the more you get out now, the less will spill everywhere when you remove the reservoir tank
3. Once the reservoir is as empty as possible, put the container/bottle to one side, and remove the 3 x 13mm nuts holding on the reservoir bottle. Once removed, don’t bother to remove the tank yet. Just leave it in situ.
4. You then need to unclip the 2 x weird looking jubilee type clips on both black rubber tubes on the tank (I’m sure there must be a knack to do it, but we just used a small flat blade screwdriver & twisted it under the overlap/clip part....if in doubt, there’s plenty more of these type clips located all over the engine, so you can have a good look at these to get an idea of how they unclip
5. You’ll notice that one of the tubes is smaller than the other. The smaller one is the return back IN to the Reservoir bottle. This is the one you’ll be placing into the ice cream tub in Step 2 further down.
N.B. Because they’ll be some excess in the top of both pipes, get your ice cream tub to hand & let it drip into it.
6. To fully drain the system (in Step 2), it helps it you have clear access to manoeuvre the smaller pipe to an area where you can easily pop it into the ice cream container to catch the old fluid still in the steering pump & rack in a minute.....I had to gently bend it under a couple of things, before I could get it to a position easily accessible.
7. With both the black tubes disconnected from the tank, now remove the tank completely & bin it
Step 2 – Fit the new tank & remove/flush the old fluid from the rest of the system
1. Slot the new tank onto the 3 supporting rods & remove the 2 x red plastic plugs it comes supplied with (don’t bothering to fasten the 3 x 13mm nuts in place just yet).
2. Connect the larger of the 2 black tubes on the reservoir tank (the only one it fits onto). Good luck trying to re-use the Italian style jubilee clip
... alternatively you can use a normal Jubilee clip
3. Start to fill your reservoir tank with your GI/R fluid. The smaller tube should now be placed into your ice cream tub & the engine started (might help if you have someone who can either hold the tub, or start the car for you
4. Once the car starts, there’s no need to turn the steering at all. With the ignition on, the power steering pump kicks into life & all hell breaks loose....the old, gunky fluid starts being pumped out of the steering system, through the thinner hose, then out into your ice cream tub
5. As it starts to pour out into the tub, continually pour in GI/R into the reservoir tank & very shortly afterwards you’ll start to see an end to gunky red coming out of the tube/ice cream tub, and it’ll then start to show GI/R Green fluid
6. In theory, that means your power steering system has been flushed out with the old, in with the new. At the point the green stuff starts to visibly show coming out the tube, turn the ignition off, the pump will stop & ‘normality’ will resume.
N.B. Don’t bother putting the red lid on the reservoir tank at this point.
7. Now re-connect the thin tube back into the reservoir tank, again repeating connecting the jubilee clip (or replacing it with a new clip, if easier)
8. With both clips securely back on both tubes & connected to the tank, fit the 3 x 13mm nuts back in place.
9. Now the tank’s securely fastened, with both tubes securely fastened, you then just need to bleed the air out of the system.
Step 3 – Bleeding the air out & topping up the reservoir tank
1. With the red cap still off the tank, start the car & leave it turning over for a few minutes (don’t bother to turn the steering at this point – You won’t have enough fluid in the system & I guess could cause damage.
2. After leaving it a few mins, temporarily fit the red cap on the tank, then remove it again to measure the fluid level. The chances are there’ll be bugger all registered on the dip stick, so you now need to start filling it bit by bit.....letting it settle in between to make sure you don’t overfill it.
N.B. I took my time letting the new fluid settle in between each time I filled it up with more.
3. I then started to turn the steering wheel from side to side multiple times to clear any remaining air out, then if the fluid level dropped a little in the tank, filled it to the MAX level again.
N.B. All in all I used approx 1.3-1.5 litres to fill it up to just below the ‘MAX’ mark on the yellow dipstick on the inside of the cap. If I overfilled it slightly, I just sucked it out using the Turkey Baister again.
4. When filled to the MAX, with no noticeable drop in fluid level when repeatedly moving the steering wheel from side-to-side, I fitted the red cap on the tank.
Again, I’m sure the more experienced out there may look back through what I wrote & think “OMG”....but after all, I fix computers for a living, not cars. However, if it’s got a removable nut or screw on it, I’ll give anything a go