Breeze, Cirrus, Sebring Convertible and Sedan, Stratus Sedan, 1999-2005

Bleeding

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    WARNING
    Do not use automatic transmission fluid in the power steering system.

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  3. Fill power steering pump fluid reservoir to the -Full-Cold- level.
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  5. Start the engine, let run for a few seconds and then turn the engine off.
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  7. Add fluid if necessary.
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  9. Raise front wheels of vehicle off the ground.
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  11. Start engine and turn steering wheel several times from stop to stop to bleed air from fluid in system.
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  13. Stop engine and add fluid to correct level, if necessary.
    1. Confirm that the fluid is not milky, and that the level is between the high and low dipstick marks.
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    3. Confirm that there is very little change in the fluid level when the steering wheel is turned left and right.
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    5. Confirm that the change in the fluid level is no more than 5 mm (0.2 inch) when the engine is stopped and when it is running.
      WARNING
      If the fluid level rises suddenly after the engine is stopped, the air has not been completely bled. If air bleeding is not complete, there will be abnormal noises from the pump and the flow-control valve, and this condition could cause reduce the life of the power steering components.

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  15. If the change of the fluid level is 5 mm (0.2 inch) or more, the air has not been completely bled from the system and the air bleeding procedure must be repeated.
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  17. Lower front wheels of vehicle back on the ground
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WARNING
The fluid level should be checked with engine OFF to prevent injury from moving components. Use only MOPAR® ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid (MS-9602) , or equivalent,. Do not overfill.

  1. Wipe the reservoir fill cap clean before removal.
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  3. Fill the pump fluid reservoir to the proper level. The fluid level should be within the -FILL RANGE- listed on the exterior of the reservoir when the fluid is at normal ambient temperature, approximately 21°C to 27°C (70°F to 80°F).
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  5. Let the fluid settle in the system for at least two (2) minutes.
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  7. Start the engine and let run for a few seconds. Then turn the engine OFF .
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  9. Add fluid if necessary. Repeat the above procedure until the fluid level remains constant after running the engine.
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  11. Raise the front wheels off the ground.
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  13. Start the engine. Slowly turn the steering wheel right and left, lightly contacting the wheel stops.
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  15. Add power steering fluid if necessary.
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  17. Lower the vehicle and turn the steering wheel slowly from lock to lock.
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  19. Stop the engine. Check the fluid level and refill as required.
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  21. If the fluid is extremely foamy, allow the vehicle to stabilize a few minutes, then repeat the above procedure.
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