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How do you do this? The power steering reservior is gettig in the way. I'd like to remove mine for cleaning. Seems to make little sense to replace the coolant and leave the reservior with dirty coolant. I've tried removing the power steering reservior bolts and moving it aside, but that wasn't enough. Anyone else try this?
 

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I just changed my coolant as well. Here's how I emptied my reservoir.

Have the drain pan, or other container that you want the old coolant in near by.

Remove the hose near the left of the rad cap, this is the hose that goes to the reservoir. Direct it to your drain pan.

If you have compressed air available, great. If not, I used the 'blow' option on my dad's shop-vac.

Cover the lid of the reservoir with a rag, and insert the air nozzle, or the vacuum hose end. Pressurise the reservor, the coolant will now flow out of the hose that was disconnected. I know it would be much faster with compressed air, but I didn't have any available at the time. It was a little slow with the shop vac, but it got the job done. Not much pressure, but enough was there to force it all out.

Re-install the hose, and fill the reservoir accordingly.

Hope that helps :D

Matt 8)
 

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siragan said:
I've done exactly this with my 91GT, but not my 95LX. Is the problem that you are having, just getting the res. out? Are things blocking it? I'll take a look tommorrow morning.
Yes I am unable to remove the reservior even after removing bolts holding in the power sterring reservior and moving it aside.

Since I do not have a shop vac, or compressed air, or electricity beyond my 300W inverter the shop vac thing isn't a real option for me. I am unclear if it would work good using gravity. Possibly I could do the shop vac thing at my parents house but that brings up a whole set of new problems like do I really like doing stuff to my car when I'm 600 miles away from home, etc. I'm sure I could clean the reservior real good if I could remove it completely and bring it inside and clean it in my tub, etc.
 

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Despite it's obviousness, I didn't even think about gravity 8O Yet another natural wonder overlooked :) I think that if you found a way to route the hose downward to a relative 'opening' in the undercarrage and aim at your container, the gravity thing would work just as good. You don't even need that. Just point it downward, and let the coolant flow off of the plastic cowling underneath the car into the container (may be messy). As long as you remove the reservoir cap, and your overflow hose is not blocked too severely, I think you'd make out o.k..

Hope that helps :)

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