DIY: Steering fluid flush
Today I did a steering fluid flush on my 2015 murano, other years should be the same within the 3rd generation.
The service manual, does not tell you to replace it at any specific interval, but to inspect and change as needed every 20,000 miles.
I have never changed my steering fluid, just top it off. And boy was it dirty after 100,000 miles, it looked really dark, and was long due for a change. IMO, the steering fluid should be flushed every 30,000 miles. Color of new OEM fluid looks like olive oil.
I saw some videos on youtube where the easiest way is to use a turkey blaster, and suck the fluid out from the reservoir. But that method will not work on the murano, since there is a mesh on top of the reservoir that prevents you to stick anything inside. I guess Nissan does not want you to use that method.
So the only way to change it is with this method below.
Very easy, just a couple of tools you can find around the house, and should not take more than 1hr.
This method relies on pumping the fluid out through the return line by turning the wheel from lock to lock while the car is off, and adding new fluid as the old one is flushed out.
I illustrated this method with some picture
CAR SHOULD BE OFF... (IMPORTANT)
1- First you jack up the car, so both front wheel are off the ground, this will make it easy to turn the steering wheel.
2- Disconnect the return line and connect it to a drain hose going to the an oil pan.
Only a little fluid will come out, so just use a small cup to catch it.
3- Secure the other end of the return line on the reservoir side.
4- Turn your steering wheel from lock to lock. As you turn the steering wheel, you will see the old fluid being pumped out. Do one full turn lock to lock (turn all the way to the right and all the way to the left). Then go and fill the reservoir with new fluid. Repeat 3 to 4 time to flush all the old fluid out.
Note:You will hear a loud whining noise coming from the pump as you turn the wheel, this is normal and has nothing to do with the fluid being dirty.
2015 Nissan Murano SV ( Custom MODS )
- Illuminated kick plate (non OEM added)
- RGB Foot well lightning (multiple colors)
- RGB compartment light (follows foot well lighning and color)
- LED DTRL on fog frame
- Cup Holder LED lightning
- Android head unit
- Custom leather seat cover (red accent)
- Custom floor mat
- superbright LED Dom light
- SGNL superbright 55W 6000K headlight
- Kenwood powered 150W subwoofer
- Kenwood 600W amp
-LED turn signal
-Accent LED lightning