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How to bleed air from power steering

Bleed air from power steering Any time you replace a power steering component you’ll get air in the system. Air in a power steering system creates a whining noise. In addition to the whining noise, you may see foam in the power steering reservoir Turning the power steering lock to lock doesn’t always work The old method for bleeding power steering was to start the engine and turn the steering wheel full left and then full right, called lock to lock. The problem with that method is that when power … Read More

Best tool to bleed power steering and brakes

Best vacuum tool to bleed power steering and brakes If you’ve replaced any part of your hydraulic power steering system and the power steering now has air bubbles that creates a moaning sound, the factory approved method to use a vacuum tool to bleed power steering. Car makers no longer recommend turning the steering wheel lock-to-lock. Doing that builds up to 2,000psi and can burst a hose or seal. Plus, it isn’t as effective in getting the air out. This Mitivac MITMV8500 kit and Mitivac MVA660 power steering adapter shown … Read More

Bleed power steering with vacuum

How to Bleed power steering If you’ve replaced a power steering hose, pump, or rack, you must perform a bleed power steering procedure. If you don’t bleed air out of the power steering system, you can damage the power steering pump. One method you’ll see online and in some instruction manuals is to start the engine and turn the steering wheel full left and full right. This is referred to as the “lock to lock” method. It is an old and very outdated method that should not be used on … Read More


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