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Old 12-12-2015, 09:03 AM   #1
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Power Steering Reservoir

Does any one know the capacity of the power steer reservoir on my 96 Windsor? Can the filters be changed with out draining ?
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Old 12-12-2015, 10:54 AM   #2
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I can't speak for sure to the amount of fluid you have in your tank, but I just changed mine, 2003 HR, and it held over 4 gallons. The 3 filters in mine are stacked on each other and would be difficult to change without draining. I bought a hand pump at Harbor Freight for &10.00 and was easy to pump out oil. I would want to change it it it's been awhile anyway. That makes it pretty easy to get filters out. Not a hard job at all.
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If I remember it is between 3 and 4 gallons. Make sure you determine which type of fluid you coach uses. Five foot of hose and the old fashion siphoning method is how I drained mine.
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Old 12-12-2015, 03:53 PM   #4
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I have the three filters stacked in my reservoir, I simply put my hand inside one of the plastic bags from Walmart and reached down and pulled the filters out one at a time. I had a drain pan underneath the reservoir to catch the dribble and a small trash can to drop the filters in as I took them out. I lost a little over a quart of fluid in the filter change out due to the fluid that was still in the filters but it didn't make much of a mess at all and took about 15 minutes including cleaning the lid, replacing the "o" ring installing the new filters and putting the cap back on.

The service manual says to only drain enough fluid out to expose the bottom filter, but if that's fine, I would think simply reaching in and pulling them out is just as good and saving the 3 or 4 gallons ($15 a gallon for Dexron III) seems like a prudent thing to do.

I am not sure, but I don't remember a recommended fluid change schedule for the Dextron III that is used in my system and I haven't changed the fluid out but I should probably check to see if it needs changing. The system holds 11 gallons in total so it would be a bit of a chore to drain the entire system so hopefully its only the filters that need servicing.
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On my Country Coach I just cut and bent a coat hangar to reach in and hook the Nelson filters. If you lift very gently sometimes all 3 will stay stuck together.


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Power steering resevoir

I appreciate the info.
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Also be gentle with the large o-ring around the top cover. They are hard to come by if I recall correctly.


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Also be gentle with the large o-ring around the top cover. They are hard to come by if I recall correctly.


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Good info (now that I don't have one!) Others will benefit.


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