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Old 13 Sep 2007, 02:06 pm
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Default I accidentally poured brake fluid into the power steering reservoir?

About 3-4 ounces into the power steering unit of a 2000 Honda Accord about a week ago. So far, no adverse affects. Can I just siphon it out and replace with steering fluid? Should I use Honda brand steering fluid or just buy some power steering fluid from a auto parts store? Any advise (preferably from a mechanic) would be appreciated.
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Old 13 Sep 2007, 02:10 pm
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You will need to drain your power steering fluid and replace with the correct fluid. while brake fluid has a higher brun temperature it is not as smooth as power steering fluid needs to be. Spend the money to have a mechanic replace it all now as opposed to having to replace the unit itself shortly.
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Old 13 Sep 2007, 02:18 pm
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athough I am not a mechanic, i do know a lot about cars your car should be fine. Although not ideal for this application, brake and PS fluid is about the same viscosity and if there wasn't a massive amount in there it should be fine.
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Old 13 Sep 2007, 02:26 pm
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I am not a mechanic, but, without delay, I would flush, not just drain your Honda's power steering! Brake fluid is engineered to operate at high pressure, high temperature in a sealed system. When exposed to the air it draws water like a sponge and is not a very good lubricant. As I remember brake fluid has an alcohol base.Power steering fluid circulates through the hydraulic section of the steering acting as both a lubricant for the pump and valves as well as an actuator. As I remember, power steering fluid has a mineral oil base. These fluids are designed to do a specific task in a specific environment. Brake fluid will harm your very expensive Honda power steering. Incidentally, Honda is very particular about using its own power steering fluid. Do not wait.
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Old 13 Sep 2007, 02:32 pm
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Drain and refill . Go with o.e.m. recondemnation.For instance , Diamond Stars (Eclispe,Avenger ) use Dextron ll ATF.Some G.M.use Pwr.Str. fluid. Over a period of time brake fluid absorbs water,can freeze if your in a cold climate.
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Old 13 Sep 2007, 02:36 pm
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Drain the brake fluid, it will soften the seals in the pump. The quicker you drain and refill with proper fluid the better off you will be.
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