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PHOTO DIY- Power Steering Fluid Change

Ok, I bet this post is WAAAAY out there on the esoteric scale.

Still, bear with me.... (and be honest with yourselves---- when was the last time you even CHECKED your P/S Fluid.....)

Yes there are NO SPECIFIED intervals to change Power Steering Fluid..... BUT!! there are
ALSO no specified intervals for other things, such as Differential Oil, etc.

Does this mean we should never change them?? Of course not!

Now, what is a "Reasonable" change interval?? Who knows... go with where the spirit leads..

FOR ME, things like Differential and Power Steering Fluid is on my 60,000 mile list.

It is a very simple operation, basically involving Sucking out the old fluid with a Sucky device of your choice (Just make sure it is impeccably clean!!!), and refill with MB fluid {verbiage surgically removed raymond-}.

The new vehicles are "Filterless" so life is easy.

I CHECK the fluid while the car is fully warmed up, and with the engine running. You will want to do turn the engine OFF for the sucking and refill.

It takes around 250cc's for each "flushing" sequence (suck and refill). After EACH refill, turn the car on, and turn the steering wheel back and forth (preferably with the car in motion, to prevent steering link damage). I like to go fully to the stops, and you will hear the "Groan" of the power steering pump.

I use the whole One Litre just to get things nice and clean. Sooo, you have to "repeat above" a few times.

Be sure the "Final" reading is in the 80C range of the dipstick.
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Thanks that was great!
I however will be getting my rack replaced on Tuesday so I will have all brand new fluid and a brand new rack! I won't have to worry about the fluid for the next 60K miles.

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Another stellar DYI. I planned on flushing the self-leveling system on my wife's 98 4-matic wagon next weekend. Does anyone know if the "suck and re-fill" procedure will work with it?

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Another stellar DYI. I planned on flushing the self-leveling system on my wife's 98 4-matic wagon next weekend. Does anyone know if the "suck and re-fill" procedure will work with it?

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Uuuuhhhhhh, granted, I have NO EXPERIENCE with self-leveling systems, but I just looked through the WIS, and it looks more involved than just suck out, and re-fill.

It looks more like bleeding a brake system.

There is also a Filter in the Reservoir I suspect you would need to change as well (see Pic). Are you 210.082??

I will defer to the Guru's, though who know this stuff.

Either way, I suspect it would behoove you to get some sort of manual (ie Alldata, WIS, etc)
or do a search.
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thanks, but....

My car is w210 - E240T 2001, where is the power steering is located in order to check if the fluid is OK !!!!
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IF you have a Left Hand Drive car, then it is in the FRONT of the engine, on the DRIVER's side, and next to the Windscreen Washer Fluid Reservoir, and in the front of the valve cover.

It is a Black "box" with a round lid.

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Thanks that was great!
I however will be getting my rack replaced on Tuesday so I will have all brand new fluid and a brand new rack! I won't have to worry about the fluid for the next 60K miles.
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Since I will be getting my steering rack replaced tomorrow and will be getting all new PS fluid, what else if anything should I do or need to do? Do I change the fluid again shortly (is there a break-in period) or should I just forget about it except for the inspection of fluid level every few months?
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Since I will be getting my steering rack replaced tomorrow and will be getting all new PS fluid, what else if anything should I do or need to do? Do I change the fluid again shortly (is there a break-in period) or should I just forget about it except for the inspection of fluid level every few months?
Not speaking from any experience, but I would THINK you would be fine. I wouldn't imagine any "break-in". You may want to ask your mechanic, though, when you pick it up.
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No break-in period for PS fluid. I am unaware of any MB-specified change interval but there has to be some reasonable one. The G-AMG recommended 60,000 miles sounds good to me.

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G-AMG what do you use to suck the ps fluid out? Thinking about doing this real soon!
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