Power Steering Fluid for Toyota Camry 40

Power Steering in Toyota Camry 40 while driving, directly affects the comfortable and pleasant driving. But, unfortunately, some owners of the Japanese sedan do not pay attention and proper maintenance to this unit. And this is not surprising, because even after 93 000 miles of run (depending on operating conditions), there are no problems in management.

Nevertheless, the fluid in the Toyota Camry V40 hydraulic booster needs to be changed periodically, and in most cases replacement is planned only after problems arise in the steering, for example, an uncomfortable steering turn or the appearance of noise during a turn, which may result in a replacement pump, the cost of which is several times higher in contrast to the price of fluids for power steering, the replacement of which can be carried out without difficulty for an inexperienced car owner in 30-40 minutes.

When to change

Over time, the fluid wears out, and after several years of operation it loses not only its original color, but also its lubricating properties, since metal products from friction and wear accumulate in it, and moisture also accumulates.

Power steering fluid in Toyota Camry XV40 after more than 80 thousand kilometers
Sediment and oil color in the power steering after 54 000 miles in the Camry of the 40th body

This problem especially concerns owners of used cars, because it may not be known whether the previous owner changed the liquid or not. In this case, we recommend checking its condition and determining whether it is necessary to replace it by analysis of external factors: if the oil in the power steering tank with a burning smell is dark brown, the replacement must be done as soon as possible.

In the future, every 6200 miles of run must be inspected, and at 25 000 miles of run - to be fully replaced.

Where is the tank located

The power steering fluid replacement tank in the 40th body is located under the hood on the left side.

Location of the Toyota Camry V40 power steering tank
Location of the Toyota Camry 40 power steering tank

Which fluid to choose

With a choice of a liquid for the Toyota Camry 40 hydraulic booster, in difference of selection of oil for the engine, the question is simpler. The manufacturer recommends pouring Dextron II or III (yellow liquid is poured from the Camry 40 factory). Most owners of the Japanese sedan use the original Toyota Automatic Transmission and Power Steering Fluid DEXRON III (number: 08886-80506 or 08886-81250). It is also possible to consider Toyota PSF-EH (08886-01206), Toyota PSF in a 4-liter canister (08886-01005) and Toyota PSF NEW-W fluid (08886-01115) if the car is used in a cold climate.

In the absence of original oils, used analogues from other manufacturers are allowed:

The brand Brand of fluid
Petro-Canada DuraDrive MV Synthetic ATF
Total Fluide XLD FE
Idemitsu ZEPRO PSF (16470005)
Castrol Transmax Dex III Multivehicle
Takumi ATF D-3
RAVENOL Hydraulik PSF Fluid (tolerance Toyota PSF-EH)

How much to pour

For a normal replacement, 1 liter is sufficient if the same fluid is added as is currently in the system. Otherwise, a complete replacement by “displacement” is necessary, in almost the same way as the oil change in the Toyota Camry 40 automatic transmission.

The volume of fluid in the system is 1.3-1.4 liters, so that difference (300-400 grams) can cause darkening of the new oil after the first trip. In order to avoid repeated fluid replacement in the near future, it is recommended to turn the steering wheel left and right until it stops with the engine turned off, so the remnants of the old fluid will come out of the steering rack and the entire system.


Fluid replacement is not a difficult task, and for an independent replacement in the garage you will need about 30 minutes:

  1. First of all, warm up the engine, shut off and raise the front of the car. If the engine is cold, the pump starts pumping fluid from the system at higher speeds;
  2. For convenience of carrying out replacement, remove a broad tank with cooling liquid. The procedure is not difficult, and just pull the tank up;
  3. Using a syringe, pump out fluid from the tank;
  4. When the tank is empty, unscrew it (3 bolts) with a head 10 from the fasteners and completely remove it. Place a cloth / rag, etc., in case of leakage during removal of the tank, and so as not to add oil to adjacent units and the engine compartment;
  5. Remove collars and hoses from hydraulic booster. Return hose (top) insert into a 1.5 liter pre-prepared container, for example, a plastic bottle (to make it easier to drain, we recommend extending the hose so that the container is between the engine and the radiator);
  6. Clean the tank of deposits with kerosene or gasoline, and wash away the dirt on the grid in the tank, which is likely to have collected enough. If the plaque is large, use a brake cleaner or solvent 646, in the worst case carburetor cleaner Carbcliner (Hi Gear or Ravenol). Next, rinse the tank with clean oil and reinstall it by connecting the supply hose (the bottom, through which oil from the tank enters the system), and install the cap from the syringe with a needle into the return fitting, which is perfect for this. The second hose remains in the tank to drain the old fluid;
  7. Check that the rag and the container for draining do not come into contact with the belt, rollers and power unit;
  8. Fill the reservoir (slightly above the MAX HOT mark) with new fluid. Start the engine and switch off after 2 seconds. At the time of starting the engine, the liquid will start to come out of the return hose, and if you do not shut it off, then all the liquid will leave the tank (at this stage you do not need to turn the steering wheel!) - repeat this operation until (start / shut off 3-4 times) until clean fluid flows from the hose;
  9. Carefully pull the “plug” (cap from the syringe) out of the tank, and insert the return hose. If necessary, add oil to the middle of the level. Start the engine and turn the steering wheel left-right to the extreme positions 4-5 times. Shut off the engine;
  10. After this procedure, the new liquid will not be so clean, so we pump it out again with a syringe and add to the level;
  11. Start the engine and rotate the steering wheel again. To get air out of the system, hold the steering wheel in extreme positions for about 5 seconds;
  12. Replace the coolant expansion tank;
  13. After carrying out the above work, you will come a little, after which you need to add or remove oil to the norm (mark "MAX");

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