Motor Oil in my power steering: Me=Idiot

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    I put about 10 oz of motor oil into my power steering system by accident. How bad is this and I do I need to flush the whole thing out?
     
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    very---yes
     
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    That's what I was afraid of. DAMMIT! SHould I get a pro? Im not very car savvy.
     
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    Should I drive it at all, like just a block or so to the station?
     
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    It won't be hard to fix; have you started the car yet? If not, the oil hasn't gone thru the system.

    Remove the lower-hose-clap on the hose going into the bottom of the unit. Let everything drain. Pour clean Tranny or PS fluid thru the unit until things run clear (well, red...but until you don't see any more oil).

    Re-attach the hose and you'll be set.

    All that can really happen is your steering may not function smoothly. It's a self-contained hydrolic system - your car won't break down. You 'might' break a hose maybe? Be warned, PS Fluid is MORE flamable than just about anything i know of, under the hood.
     
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    I wouldn't drive it with the belt attached to the pump. I wouldn't start the engine w/ the belt attached to the pump.
     
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    WOw. I wonder if i can do that. Im girly about cars. I shouldn't use water, should I.
     
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    what he said !! ^
     
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    nix the water idea--bad
     
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    No. Mineral spirits or something...No water. Water = bad.
     

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