Mazda Tribute 2001-06

Bleeding

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WARNING
Do not mix oil types. Any mixture or any unapproved oil can lead to seal deterioration and leaks. A leak can ultimately cause loss of fluid, which can result in a loss of power steering assist.

  1. Remove the power steering fluid reservoir cap.
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  3. Using a suitable suction device, remove the power steering fluid from the reservoir.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the power steering fluid return hose and clamp from the reservoir.
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  7. Plug the reservoir inlet port.
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  9. Attach an extension hose to the power steering return hose.
    NOTE
    Do not reuse the power steering fluid that has been flushed from the power steering system.

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  11. Place the open end of the extension hose into a suitable container.
    CAUTION
    Do not overfill the reservoir.

  12.  
  13. Fill the power steering fluid reservoir with clean fluid.
    CAUTION
    Do not allow the power steering pump to run completely dry of power steering fluid.

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  15. Start the engine while simultaneously turning the steering wheel to lock and then immediately turn the ignition to OFF.
    CAUTION
    Avoid turning the steering wheel without the engine running as this may cause air to be pulled into the steering gear.


    CAUTION
    Do not overfill the reservoir.

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  17. Fill the power steering fluid reservoir with the approved power steering fluid.
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  19. Repeat Steps 8 and 9, turning the steering wheel in the opposite direction each time, until the fluid exiting the power steering fluid return hose is clean and clear of foreign material.
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  21. Remove the extension hose from the power steering return hose.
  22.  
  23. Remove the plug from the power steering fluid reservoir inlet port.
  24.  
  25. Install the power steering return hose and clamp to the reservoir.
    NOTE
    It is necessary to correctly fill the power steering system to remove any trapped air and completely fill the power steering system components.


    NOTE
    If after correctly filling the power steering system there is power steering noise accompanied by evidence of aerated fluid and there are no fluid leaks, it may be necessary to purge the power steering system.

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  27. Fill the power steering system with Mercon® Multi-Purpose (ATF) Transmission Fluid XT-2-QDX.
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