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Author Topic: Power Steering Fluid Flush  (Read 1618 times)
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bulgogi1970
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« on: August 07, 2011, 06:09:24 PM »

Good evening folks,
I am new to the forums and I feel at home already all this great help and great info shared here.

I have a 2001 Aztek wth 82K miles.
Took it to Midas to get my oll change and after it was completed.
The guy at the counter suggested I get a Power Steering Flush that my Tek was due $69.00.

Two questions came to mind:
1) Do i need to do this since am over the 80k mile mark
2) Can I do this myself?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank You
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2011, 06:19:09 PM »

I would like to add that they also "found" that I need to get my valve cover replace is leaking about 650 bucks!

Now I had my car taken to Midas 4 months ago different state and they did not mention of any of this.

Question is how can I tell if my valve cover is leaking?
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011, 06:30:18 AM »

More likely a lower intake gasket leak- common for many GM vehicles 2001-2003 where a inferior gasket was supplied to GM and installed on their 3.4 l v6 and some other engines.  If you look near the brake master cylinder (left side) then down toward the engine block, you will either see oil and probably dirt collected there stuck in the leaky oil

As for the power steering fluid change- I don't know the advantage or disadvantage, but when I had my wife's Ford in for service, I heard the service advisor pushing it on someone there.  Is it just a gimmick sale?  Maybe
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2011, 08:24:05 AM »

Pass on the power steering flush, unless the fluid is dirty.  If that is the case, you may have a worn part and a flush will not fix anything.  I would find a good independent shop to work up a relationship with and they should tell you want needs to be changed and what doesn't.

Valve cover replacement shouldn't cost that much. Maybe they mean intake gasket??
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2011, 07:17:07 PM »

Thank you guys for the feedback.
Yes he even wrote valve cover on the oil change bill things it needed done.

About the steering fluid he did not gave me a reason just I needed to replace it he did say oh you have 80k+ miles you need this...
I will check to see if the oil looks dirty on the steering fluid and will look down on the oil brake where the cover resides..

Thanks a ton!!

-Carlos
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