Dakota, 2001-2005

Bleeding

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CAUTION
The fluid level should be checked with engine off to prevent injury from moving components.


WARNING
Use MOPAR®Power Steering Fluid or equivalent in 2001 or earlier models; do not use automatic transmission fluid. Model years 2002 and later require Mopar®ATF+4 or equivalent. Use of other fluids may result in damage to the pump or system. Do not overfill system in either case.

  1. Wipe filler cap clean, then check the fluid level. The dipstick should indicate COLD when the fluid is at normal temperature.
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  3. Turn steering wheel all the way to the left
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  5. Fill the pump fluid reservoir to the proper level and let the fluid settle for at least two (2) minutes.
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  7. Raise the front wheels off the ground.
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  9. Slowly turn the steering wheel lock-to-lock 20 times with the engine off while checking the fluid level
    NOTE
    Vehicles with long return lines or oil coolers turn wheel 40 times.

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  11. Start the engine. With the engine idling maintain the fluid level.
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  13. Lower the front wheels and let the engine idle for two minutes.
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  15. Turn the steering wheel in both direction and verify power assist and quiet operation of the pump.
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  17. If the fluid is extremely foamy or milky looking, allow the vehicle to stand a few minutes and repeat the procedure.
    WARNING
    Do not run a vehicle with foamy fluid for an extended period. This may cause pump damage.

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