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98 Tacoma 3.4 L Power Steering Flush
« on: Jan 08, 2010, 05:37:02 PM »
So about a month ago I installed new power steering boots because one was totally broken and the other one was split.  It was like this when I bought the truck about 6 months ago.  Well I made the mistake of trying to save money on the power steering boots and bought them offline.  well they were too short and both ends were smaller than the parts of the truck they were supposed to fit on.  On the rack side I was able to make it fit and on the outer side I cut off a 1/2 inch which was about half the diameter it should have been and zip tied it on.  Well it works for keeping the dirt out.  Every now and again I have to check the boot before it slides off and allows dirt in.  I just re-zip tie it an call it for another month.  Well there was a lot of dirt that got inthe system and the fluid in my power steering system got really dirty.  So I bought 2 quarts of Prestone Power Steering fluid.  And syphened out the resevior refilled and turned the will 1.5 times lock to lock... (eg...left, right, left...) and repeated the process til I had used all the fluid... I installed the cap and started cleaning off the mess I had made and looked at the power steering lid which read USE DEXRON TYPE ATF FLUID.   I about died... well I did some reasearch and it looks like toyota puts power steering fluid in their trucks new and then want ATF in after that because it works better with older seals makikng them seal better and last longer and cleans out gunk.  I do not beleive my truck's power steering fluid has ever been changed in 160K miles.  It was very dirty and it also looked like power steering fluid and not ATF.  I ended up putting in 3 qts of ATF fluid.  because of how dirty it was I was glad that I used power steering fluid first.  when removing the 'new' power steering fluid it was not new coloered but in between the color of the new and the color removed.  This was definatey worth the time and money.  I feel that this will prolong the life of the components.  Also when the old and new power stering fluid was in at full lock it squealed.  With the ATF squel is no longer there.

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Re: 98 Tacoma 3.4 L Power Steering Flush
« Reply #1 on: Jan 08, 2010, 05:50:18 PM »
I added a oil filter to the return line after a flushed out the fluid on my 86...............

(Common remote filter setup)
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Re: 98 Tacoma 3.4 L Power Steering Flush
« Reply #2 on: Jan 11, 2010, 12:28:29 PM »
Oh, yeah I want to do that also...  Where did you get your filter?

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Re: 98 Tacoma 3.4 L Power Steering Flush
« Reply #3 on: Jan 11, 2010, 03:49:58 PM »
Cheapest filter I could find that cross-references to a filter for a 2000 Harley Davidson Sportster.

It has the same threads and o-ring as the engine filter for a 22r; but small for limited space,and fits on the remote filter adaptor.

If you have enough room, you could probably just use the engine filter if the threads are the same, and you don't have to worry about having different filters around.
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