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Power Steering and Brake Fluid

I was reviewing the FJ maintenance list and noticed that there is no mention of flushing and replacing the power steering fluid or brake fluid. It mentions checking and topping off if needed, not flushing and or replacing. Just wondering what your thoughts are on this.

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Re: Power Steering and Brake Fluid

Here are some threads on it.

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Power Steering and Brake Fluid

Yes , they don't mention it since they want you to buy a new power steering pump or the rack after it goes bad. Power steering flush is very easy and while you are at it i will recommend adding a power-steering cooler as well, it doubles the life of the power steering pump and your steering rack. Flushing the brake fluid should be done every four years or so depending what part of the country you live, since you don't want the moisture to get inside the system.


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Re: Power Steering and Brake Fluid

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I was reviewing the FJ maintenance list and noticed that there is no mention of flushing and replacing the power steering fluid or brake fluid. It mentions checking and topping off if needed, not flushing and or replacing. Just wondering what your thoughts are on this.
I just got done flushing out my power steering for the second time. I do it about every 50K right now. Its very easy to do and very fast if you have 2 people. I have bleed out my brakes several times to keep the fluid fresh. Keep up with the maintenance and it will last a long long time

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Re: Power Steering and Brake Fluid

Thanks for the links. I really don't understand this forum's search function. I searched for both power steering and power steering flush and got no results.

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Re: Power Steering and Brake Fluid

I flushed steering at 112K, but brake seemed ok. What are some signs you should do brake fluid?
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Re: Power Steering and Brake Fluid

It's only common sense that PS & brake systems must be flushed (dirt, fluid breakdown, moisture and particulate material wear will occur). I just did the PS system last week at 81K and used Dexron VI, which is a fully synthetic fluid and backward compatible with previous versions to III. The brake system (DOT-3) will be done when it warms up. All fluids in the vehicle must be flushed, some sooner than others, if the system is highly dynamic then sooner and more frequent, if more static, then a bit later and less often as a general rule of thumb with the exception of the engine and possibly the cooling system!

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Re: Power Steering and Brake Fluid

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Thanks for the links. I really don't understand this forum's search function. I searched for both power steering and power steering flush and got no results.
It's weird. I usually go up to the search and click on it and then use the Google option and put in like power steering fluid flush FJ Cruiser and it works. Sometimes you may have to change up words or whatever and sometimes it doesn't work at with anything. I just learned to sort of use it after being on here for so long.

I had mine flushed and changed on my FJ at around 100,000 miles. My Service Manager brought it up and after seeing people do it on the forum I let them go ahead and do my steering and brakes. I also got the transmission done around that same time too.

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Re: Power Steering and Brake Fluid

I want to add both steering and trans cooling. Any recommendations on cooling unit that incorporates two, one for transmission and one for steering but integrated for installation?

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Re: Power Steering and Brake Fluid

I flush my Brake fluid every 2 years. The cost of a new master cylinder is crazy expensive. Brake fluid is cheap. I also flush my Power steering fluid while i'm at it too.

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