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post #1 of 9 Old 09-23-2015, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Power Steering Fluid Replacement

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I am trying to replace power steering fluid in my 2001 Honda Accord EXL V6. I have seen the videos and it looks doable with help from a friend. I have a couple of questions:

- How much should I buy from the dealer ($5 for a pint)?
- Does it help to drain and refill (moving steering wheel, etc) and then repeat it? Or doing it once is enough?
- Any thing I should look out for from the experience of other DIYers here.

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Sunny, for ATF and coolant, stick with Honda. For everything else, don't worry. You can buy a large bottle of brand X power steering fluid and just do "drain and fill" procedures.

If your 2001 V6 is anything like the 7th Gen power steering reservoirs, then go to the 7th Gen forum and look for the "So You Just Bought a 7th Gen" sticky and look at the 2 links on how to change your power steering fluid.

I removed the reservoir- it took two hose clamps and about 1 minute, slid it up, dumped the fluid, and repeated 3 times. I prefer to NOT have the engine running while changing the fluid.

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Sunny, for ATF and coolant, stick with Honda. For everything else, don't worry. You can buy a large bottle of brand X power steering fluid and just do "drain and fill" procedures.

If your 2001 V6 is anything like the 7th Gen power steering reservoirs, then go to the 7th Gen forum and look for the "So You Just Bought a 7th Gen" sticky and look at the 2 links on how to change your power steering fluid.

I removed the reservoir- it took two hose clamps and about 1 minute, slid it up, dumped the fluid, and repeated 3 times. I prefer to NOT have the engine running while changing the fluid.

Good luck.
Thanks for the reply. I thought it helps to run the engine and turn the steering while side to side to remove all the fluid from the line and then do the same to refill?

Also, a 32 oz Preston bottle should be enough?
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Don't use anything except genuine Honda power steering fluid. Anything else is asking for trouble.

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Don't use anything except genuine Honda power steering fluid. Anything else is asking for trouble.

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I remember hearing that rumor too. Can anyone validate it?

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For only a few dollars difference, is it worth (potentially) causing problems to the steering rack? I thought not, so I went with Honda fluid. I mean, this is a once-every-few-years job for most of us.

And yes, at some point during the drain/fill, you do need to turn the wheels.

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ONLY USE HONDA GENUINE FLUID IN THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM

it's important to use honda genuine windshield washer fluid too.
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When it comes to fluids - aside from DW-1 ATF - use whatever works for the system you're using. Just be sure it complies with Honda's specification. DOT3 for brake fluid, silicate free for coolant, mineral free for windshield washer fluid, etc.

For power steering fluid, the fluid itself is simply hydraulic fluid and any off the shelf PS fluid will do. If you care about the brand of fluid, then use that brand fluid for which you prefer. You will have to do this same procedure again at some point in the life cycle of the power steering fluid anyways, so it won't matter if you use Honda genuine or any off the shelf brand power steering fluid. If it saves you 5,000 miles from the next interval by going Honda genuine and you want that, then spend the extra money to go an extra 5,000 miles. If you're worried about the O-Rings and gaskets in the PS system going out, they will go out anyways even if you go Honda genuine.

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I remember hearing that rumor too. Can anyone validate it?
Well, it is molded into the power steering reservoir by Honda in three different languages. I would say that validates it.
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