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6 DIY Automotive Repairs Anyone Can Do

Power Steering Flush

Skill Level: 2

Cost: $5 and up

A mechanic can do this job for you for upwards of $30 to $100, but you can do this in the convenience of your own garage with a turkey baster. Yes, I said a turkey baster. The idea behind this is to work out as much of the old oil power steering fluid out of the system and replace it with new stuff. The process should replace 90 percent of the old fluid and you wont have to detach one hose or crawl around on the ground. What you do is take the turkey baster and siphon as much of the old fluid as you can from the fill canister located inside the engine compartment. Place the old fluid in a plastic container that can be safely transported to an oil recycling facility. Pour in the new fluid, start the vehicle, and work the steering wheel back and forth. Turn the ignition off, let the engine cool a bit, then do the entire process over again. Follow these steps three or four times, or until the fluid appears clear.