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Power Steering Fluid Clumps??

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Power Steering Fluid Clumps??

Post by Shahinian » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:30 pm

I did a power steering flush on my 2006 V6 Ford 500. I removed the return line and filled the resivour with Mercon V. I read other post online including on this site that recomeded Mercon V fluid. After Driveing for a couple days i checked the fluid levels. The Steering fluid is now clear. The Red part of the fluid has separated and formed clumps. One of the clumps is in the resivour. The new fluid got rid of the wineing pump noise. But whats with the clumps of red, and the opaque fluid. I am stressed that there could be clumps of congieled atf fluid in the pump, or tack and pinion. What should i do. The car steers fine for now, but this cant be good. I have seen Power steering flush chemicals that with luck good maybe disovle the clumps from the system. I am taking my car to the mechanic monday for their opinion. Please help lol. This could get expensive fast if i screwed up as bad as i think i did. Thanks.


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Re: Power Steering Fluid

Post by Webmaster » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:08 am

Welcome! That is the weirdest thing I've ever heard of regarding the power steering fluid.

What brand of fluid did you use? How much fluid did you go through when "flushing"? Should be about 2 quarts, I usually go 3. Then you need a little more to refill.

If you didn't use Ford/Motorcraft Mercon V, I would re-do it by flushing it fully through using that fluid. As long as the steering works right you are still OK, it's not "too late" to fix it IMHO.

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Re: Power Steering Fluid Clumps??

Post by Shahinian » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:25 am

I used advance autos brand of Mercon V. I couldent fint the Motocraft brand locally. I used a total of 4 quarts when i did the flush. I will take a photo of it tomorrow to post. And without a doubt i am going to reflush. I just dont know how to get the clumps out. I have read that they have power steering flush chemicals. I know that shouldent be used, but this is kinda an extreme situation.

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Re: Power Steering Fluid Clumps??

Post by Webmaster » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:33 am

Try to suck out what you can from the reservoir. It has a filter so in theory any clumps in the system should all be in the reservoir. Remove it from the car if you have to.

Use the correct fluid, any Ford dealer will have it in stock (or use the Amazon link). Don't use any other chemicals.
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Re: Power Steering Fluid Clumps??

Post by Shahinian » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:07 am

Recommend any cleaners. I need somthing to help disolve the clumps before I flush the fluid out.

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Re: Power Steering Fluid Clumps??

Post by Webmaster » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:05 am

No, you won't find anything to dissolve clumps, that is highly abnormal. Clean out the reservoir by removing it and flushing it off the vehicle.
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Re: Power Steering Fluid Clumps??

Post by Webmaster » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:54 pm

I'm not sure what your reservoir looks like exactly, very similar to the one on my 03 F-150 I'm sure. I recently flushed the system on it, here's a look inside the reservoir.
The big holes are the return line, the fluid that's fed into the system goes through that sieve that catches small particles such as metal. If something gets into the system it should be trapped in here.

I hope this helps you understand the system.
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2000 Ford Taurus SEL (excellent car, sold to a friend)
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Current: 03 F150 King Ranch SuperCrew
Other Fords owned: 02 F150 SuperCrew 4x4, 11 F150 EcoBoost, 07 Ranger, 01 F150 XLT, 98 F150 XLT, 96 Thunderbird LX, 95 Escort GT, 86 Mustang LX, 82 Mustang

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