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How To Bleed the Power Steering System on a '04 Accord
Hello Accord peeps,
For those who own a seventh generation Accord and are experiencing increased steering effort as well as a pronounced noise when turning your steering wheel, it is very plausible that you need to bleed the power steering system. Here is the proper procedure for performing this simple maintenance job:
Note: Check the reservoir at regular intervals, and add the recommended fluid as necessary. Always use Honda Power Steering Fluid. Using any other type of power steering fluid or automatic transmission fluid can cause increased wear and poor steering in cold weather.
Note: If the fluid is contaminated, the screen in the reservoir may be partially blocked. Replace the reservoir if necessary.
1) Remove the reservoir from its holder. Raise the reservoir, then disconnect the return hose to drain the reservoir (refer to this Accord Power Steering diagram). Take care not to spill the fluid on the body and parts. Wipe off any spilled fluid at once.
2) Connect a hose of suitable diameter to the disconnected return hose, and put the hose end in a suitable container.
3) Start the engine, let it run at idle, and turn the steering wheel from lock-to-lock several times. When fluid stops running out of the hose, shut off the engine. Discard the fluid.
4) Reinstall the return hose on the reservoir.
5) Fill the reservoir to the upper level line.
6) Start the engine and run it at fast idle, then turn the steering from lock-to-lock several times to bleed air from the system.
7) Recheck the fluid level and add some if necessary. Do not fill the reservoir beyond the upper level line. If the fluid is contaminated, dark, or discolored, repeat the procedure as necessary.
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