Filling and Bleeding

The power steering system, by design, is self bleeding. However, in some installations where the gear is positioned at an old angle, or where the piston does not make a full stroke in the cylinder bore, air can be trapped in the steering gear. After re-installing the steering gear on the vehicle, but prior to connecting the drag link to the pitman arm, bleed the air from the system in the following manner.

  1. Check the power steering reservoir for the correct fluid level. Fill if necessary with he recommended power steering fluid. Leave reservoir cap OFF during the bleeding procedure.
  2. With the engine running, turn the steering wheel from full left to full right, make several complete cycles to remove the air from the steering system. Check steering fluid level as needed.

NOTICE: If fluid has air bubbles or foam, shut engine down and let sit for ten minutes and repeat step 2.