Nissan Pathfinder 1996-05

Bleeding

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  1. Raise the front end of vehicle until wheels are off of the ground.
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  3. Add fluid into the power steering fluid reservoir to the proper level. Then, quickly turn steering wheel fully to right and left and lightly touch steering stoppers.
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  5. Repeat steering wheel operation until fluid level no longer decreases.
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  7. Start engine.
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  9. Repeat step 2 above.
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  11. Incomplete air bleeding will cause the following to occur. When this happens, bleed air again.
    1. Air bubbles in reservoir tank
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    3. Clicking noise in oil pump
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    5. Excessive buzzing in oil pump
      NOTE
      Fluid noise may occur in the valve or oil pump. This is common when the vehicle is stationary or while turning steering wheel slowly. This does not affect performance or durability of the system.

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NOTE
When the vehicle is stationary or while the steering wheel is being turned slowly, some noise may be heard from the oil pump or gear. This noise is normal and does not affect any system.

  1. Check for fluid leakage.
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  3. Fill the reservoir with the proper type and amount of power steering fluid.
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  5. Start the engine and turn the steering wheel fully to the right and left several times.
    WARNING
    Never allow the power steering fluid reservoir tank to go below the MIN level line. Check tank frequently and add fluid as needed.

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  7. Run the engine at idle speed. Hold the steering wheel at each "locked" position for three seconds.
    WARNING
    Do not hold steering wheel in the locked position for more than 10 seconds or you may damage the power steering pump.

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  9. Repeat step 4 several times at about three second intervals.
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  11. Check for air bubbles, cloudy fluid and fluid leakage.
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  13. If air bubbles or cloudiness exists, perform steps 4 and 5 again until air bubbles and cloudiness do not exist.
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  15. Stop the engine and check fluid level. Add fluid as necessary.
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