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Old 29 Mar 2018, 10:21 am
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My pt has been making a bit of a rumble/whine at idle, fine when in motion. The power steering fluid smells burnt. I would like to change it sense its probably due for a change anyways, I watched some videos on youtube but they all involved using a turkey baster to remove the fluid, I don't really think the hole is large enough to do it on this car. Any advice?
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Old 29 Mar 2018, 02:35 pm
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You couldn't remove most of the fluid because the reservoir has a filter screen.

What I did was remove the two hoses and the reservoir, clean the reservoir and remount it and connect the front hose that goes to the pump and use a piece of hose and a bolt to block the rear return line going into the reservoir.
I used a piece of flexible copper tubing to connect the return line from the rack to empty into a plastic gallon jug.
With a few cans of POWER STEERING FLUID at ready Fill the reservoir and start the engine keeping the reservoir full but not over flowing ( a mix of power steering fluid and timing belt will result in problems I assure you)
When you see clean fluid going into the jug your done.
Reconnect rack return line to the reservoir secure with clamp and check fluid level. Don't over fill.
My PS pump sounded like it was sucking air, I did the above and had no more problems.
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I was thinking recently that it's about time to flush my power steering fluid on one of my PTs.. However, I was told to use ATF4 fluid instead of power steering fluid. Is either one okay?
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Old 29 Mar 2018, 03:50 pm
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ChrisFix did a video on Youtube, but I'm not sure if it would work with your PT. He took off one of the power steering return lines and then cranked the wheel back and forth which effectively removed 100% of the fluid from the system.



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Old 29 Mar 2018, 04:42 pm
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Here's my PT Cruiser flush and screen clean video. Did it 3 years ago, still running fine.

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Old 29 Mar 2018, 05:44 pm
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ChrisFix did a video on Youtube, but I'm not sure if it would work with your PT. He took off one of the power steering return lines and then cranked the wheel back and forth which effectively removed 100% of the fluid from the system.



I did watch that video before, the opening on the power steering container is really really small, I am not an expert of turkey basters but I think they would be too big
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Old 29 Mar 2018, 06:01 pm
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Here's my PT Cruiser flush and screen clean video. Did it 3 years ago, still running fine.



Thanks for the video, Your double jug system makes a lot of sense, I was trying to think about how I was going to do it myself. Don't have milk jugs here like that in Canada, so ill use old washer fluid jugs I think
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Old 29 Mar 2018, 06:33 pm
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Thanks for the video, Your double jug system makes a lot of sense, I was trying to think about how I was going to do it myself. Don't have milk jugs here like that in Canada, so ill use old washer fluid jugs I think
Those are washer fluid jugs. They worked well, they're sturdy and you can see the fluid transferring.
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I was thinking recently that it's about time to flush my power steering fluid on one of my PTs.. However, I was told to use ATF4 fluid instead of power steering fluid. Is either one okay?
This is what the AMSOIL lookup says:
2002 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER 2.4L 4-cyl Engine Code [B]
LUBRICANTS & FLUIDS:

Power Steering Fluid......AP4
Signature Series Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) (ATFQT)
Power Steering Fluid......AP4
OE Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (OTFQT) [3]

[3] ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid, Mopar P/N
05013457AA, specification number MS9602
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I was thinking recently that it's about time to flush my power steering fluid on one of my PTs.. However, I was told to use ATF4 fluid instead of power steering fluid. Is either one okay?
Cabin guy; My owners manual [2006] calls for ATF+4. Check your owners manual to be sure. ATF+4 is red. The older PS fluid [1990's and earlier] was a pale yellow color. I'm not sure when they changed.
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