How to Bleed the Power Steering for a 2001 Ford Taurus

by Tim Petruccio

Ford introduced the Taurus in 1986. The 2001 Ford Taurus had the option of three different versions of the 3.0-liter V-6 engine; the 3.0-liter Flex-Fuel V-6, the 3.0-liter DOHC V-6, and the 3.0-liter EFI V-6. If the power steering system acts up, it's time to bleed the air from the system. Bleeding the power steering system involves the same process for all three engine types. Usually accomplished in less than one hour, bleeding the power steering system requires very little mechanical skill.

Open the hood of the Taurus. Remove the power steering reservoir cap. Check the dipstick, attached to the reservoir lid. Add Dex-Merc to the power steering fluid reservoir in small amounts, until the fluid is at the "Full" mark on dipstick. Dex-Merc is transmission fluid that doubles as power steering fluid in the 2001 Ford Taurus.

Turn the engine on. Turn the steering wheel completely to the left, until the wheel cannot turn any farther. Turn the steering wheel completely to the right, until the wheel cannot turn any farther. Turn the vehicle off.

Remove the reservoir lid and check the dipstick again to ensure that the fluid is full. Replace the reservoir lid when finished.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the power steering level stops dropping. The decrease in fluid in the power steering reservoir indicates the replacement of air with steering fluid within the lines.


  • Continued loss of power steering fluid in the reservoir during the bleeding process is usually an indicator of a power steering fluid leak. If you perform the bleeding procedure three to four times, and are still losing power steering fluid in the reservoir, stop the bleeding procedure, raise the vehicle and inspect for a power steering fluid leak.

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Tim Petruccio is a professional writer and automotive mechanic. His writing combines more than 20 years of mechanical experience in automotive service, service management, automotive education and business ownership. He assisted in the automotive beta, which launched March 2011.

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