Check the power steering fluid 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.

If the fluid is contaminated, the screen in the reservoir may be partially blocked. Replace the reservoir if necessary.

The power steering fluid system capacity is 1.22 qt. at disassembly and reservoir capacity is 0.36 qt.

  1. Pull the cover (A) up, raise the reservoir, then disconnect the return hose (B) to drain the reservoir. Take care not to spill the fluid on the body and parts. Wipe off any spilled fluid at once.
    Check the reservoir screen for any debris. If the reservoir screen is clogged, replace the reservoir.

  3. Connect a hose (C) of suitable diameter to the disconnected return hose, and put the hose end in a suitable container.
  5. 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.
  7. Reinstall the return hose on the reservoir.
  9. Fill the reservoir to the upper level line (D).

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    Fig. Power steering filling and bleeding

  11. 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.
  13. Recheck the fluid level and add some if necessary. Do not fill the reservoir beyond the upper level line.
  15. If the fluid is contaminated, dark, or discolored, repeat the procedure as necessary.