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Hey folks,

A few hours ago, I completed the drain of the old power steering fluid. It looks like I'll have to complete the replenish job tomorrow, however, because I found three unidentified objects in the reservoir after I had removed the clip and spring, and I don't know what they're for.

I was expecting to find first a round plate, and underneath that plate the old power steering filter. There was however no filter there. Instead, I found object 1, the plate with round holes in it, then beneath that object 2 the dark brown ring made of some fibrous material, and finally object 3 the metal ring at the bottom. (Attached is a photo of the three unidentified objects, and a second close-up photo of the dark brown fibrous ring.)

Anyone know what those three objects are for? I must say I was pretty puzzled when I saw them, but no filter in sight. (I'm also wondering what my 126's previous owner was smoking when he, or his designated garage, left out the filter :-()

Lastly, am I correct that my new power steering filter should go at the very bottom of the reservoir, and that the ring with holes goes directly above the filter -- and nothing else? (Then I can reinstall the spring, clip, wingnut, etc. , right?)

Guidance needed and, as always, will be much valued.

-- RS
 

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That's the old style filter, I believe they used cork back then. It's all one piece, but I don't know why yours came apart into three pieces. After you remove the old filter bits, just drop the new filter in holes side up, and reinstall the spring and clip and that's it.
 

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H-TownBenzoboy said:
That's the old style filter, I believe they used cork back then. It's all one piece, but I don't know why yours came apart into three pieces. After you remove the old filter bits, just drop the new filter in holes side up, and reinstall the spring and clip and that's it.
Hi H-Town,

Thanks alot for that info. It greatly helps. Not to dwell on one issue, but isn't that round plate with holes (object 1 in my picture) not to be installed also? -- It's mentioned as an installation part in the post located at http://mbdieseldiy.tripod.com/ps.htm.
(I can, however, see that it'd be kind of a redundant part once the new-style filter is there -- am I right in assuming so?)

And do you know if any of those 3 parts can be reused elsewhere, as spare parts, or are they now trash-worthy?

Best wishes,
-- RS
 

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Rollingstone said:
Hi H-Town,

And do you know if any of those 3 parts can be reused elsewhere, as spare parts, or are they now trash-worthy?

Best wishes,
-- RS
You do not need to reuse the plate with the holes in it. Everything is trash worthy now, throw it all away and go enjoy your freshly renewed PS system.
 

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H-TownBenzoboy said:
You do not need to reuse the plate with the holes in it. Everything is trash worthy now, throw it all away and go enjoy your freshly renewed PS system.
Hi again H-Town,

Thanks for the clarification -- much appreciated! Happy motoring in Houston and see you later on this board.

Best wishes,
-- RS
 
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