How to Bleed the Power Steering on a Honda Accord V6by Russell Wood
The power steering setup on a Honda Accord with the V6 engine is a hydraulic system, which means it uses hydraulic pressure to push and pull a cylinder to turn the wheels. If air gets into the steering system, then the steering may jerk or stutter when turning, which may cause control issues. Fortunately, bleeding the air out of the power steering isn't complicated; it just takes time. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2005 Honda Accord V6, but the process is similar for other vehicles as well.
Raise up the front of the vehicle using the jack and set it on the jack stands. Make sure that the vehicle is solidly on the stands before crawling underneath it. Pop the hood and remove the cap from the power steering reservoir.
Start the car and accelerate until the tachometer reads between 2,000 and 2,500 RPM. Turn the steering wheel all the way to the left then all the way to the right, five to 10 times, cycling the fluid. Turn off the car.
Fill the power steering fluid reservoir with power steering fluid until it reaches the "Full" line on the side of the container.
Repeat Step 2 then recheck the power steering fluid reservoir. Top off with more power steering fluid if necessary. Then lower the vehicle from the jack stands using the jack.
Things You'll Need
- Jack stands
- Power steering fluid
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.