12. Clean the reservoir cap with an approved solvent. Remove the old gasket from the cap and replace it with
a new gasket. For vehicles with a spin-on filter element, replace the filter using procedures in the
Vehicle Manufacturer's Service Manual.
13. Fill the reservoir with new steering fluid to within 1" of the top of the reservoir canister. Install the reservoir
cover and tighten the bolt to the Vehicle Manufacturer's specification.
14. Start the vehicle and allow it to idle.
Do not allow the reservoir to empty during start up. Pump damage may result.
15. Check the fluid level and fill as needed.
16. Steer the vehicle from full left to full right several times and check the fluid level again. Add fluid as needed.
17. Visually check all fittings and hoses for external leaks.
DO NOT CHECK FOR LEAKS BY HAND, HYDRAULIC OIL UNDER PRESSURE
CAN PENETRATE THE SKIN AND CAUSE SEVERE INJURY.
18. Shut the vehicle off. Remove the drain pan, lower the vehicle until the tires contact the surface and
remove the jack.
19. Lower the cab or hood using the procedures in the Vehicle Manufacturer's Manual.
A note on mixing oils and additives: Chemicals tend to react with one another. Some
interactions are of no consequence, others are beneficial, while still others may cause
some degradation in the service capability. It is not recommended to mix products which
are intended for different service applications; for instance, a transmission and a gear oil.
Since the original lubricant manufacturer puts a lot of time and expense into ensuring that
their oil will meet the required qualifications, it is not a good idea to introduce additional
chemicals which may upset the delicate and critical balance originally obtained.
This means that supplemental additives are not needed and normally are not desired in
a fully compounded and qualified lubricant.