Well as it's been almost a year without any activity I decided I should do something to the car! We've got a trip to Scotland coming up so there are a few little jobs I would like to address before we set off.
I wanted to change the PAS fluid as it's been in the system for almost ten years now. As there are no major leaks on the system except for the standard slight weeps around some of the joints I decided to use the quick and dirty method of sucking the fluid out or the reservoir with large syringe rather then breaking into the system and probably causing something to leak!
I purchased a cheap 100ml syringe from eBay and some Fuchs hydraulic fluid to the correct specification from Opie Oils to complete the job.
I had the car slightly warmed up as I thought it would make the fluid run into the syringe more easily, it was still quite hard to pull on the handle to get the fluid out, I'm not sure if it was a bad syringe or the thickness of the fluid. I got about three and a half syringe fulls from the reservoir, so around 350 ml. As you can see the fluid was really black:
The new fluid in contrast was a dark red colour and smelt dreadful! I added about 350ml to the reservoir, took the car for a 7 mile drive and then repeated the process to hopefully change more fluid, this time the fluid was more of a dark grey colour from where the new stuff had mixed in. I will probably do one final change after a few weeks too.
I know it's not the best method of changing the fluid but it's certainly the easiest! The steering definitely feels lighter from cold so I think it's done some good and should be better than that dirty old fluid running through the system all the way to Scotland!