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I'm new to this forum and am trying to find where the power steering bleed valve/bleeder bolt is located on my 2010 Subaru forester. I found some excellent instructions on releasing air trapped in the system. New power steering pump was put in and the fluid was bubbling, not to mention I drove accidentally with the cap off. Finally the fluid has calmed down but steering is really hard. Found that the hydraulic system for steering is suppressed when air gets trapped. Absolutely the issue. I am going to first try replacing the clamps, but the typically lock to lock turning of the steering wheel is not helping much. If anyone can tell me where it is located or send a picture I would be really grateful. Any suggestions appreciated, traveling on thanksgiving in 2 days and do not feel safe driving with my son in a vehicle that does not have steering power. Thanks in advance for any help!
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This is the fluid replacement instructions for my MY'03; it may help. Note there is no bleed valve.


C: REPLACEMENT

DRAIN
1) Lift up the vehicle.
2) Remove the jack up plate.
3) Remove the pipe joint in center of gear box, and
then install the vinyl hose to pipe and joint. Drain the fluid while turning steering wheel.

REFILL

4) Set the ST on top of reservoir tank and fill it about half way with the specified fluid. ST 34199AE040 OIL CHARGE

5) Continue to turn the steering wheel slowly fromlock to lock until bubbles stop appearing on oil surface while keeping the fluid at that level.

6) If turning the steering wheel in low fluid level condition, air will be sucked in pipe. In this case, leave it about half an hour and then do the step 5) again.

7) Lift up the vehicle, start the engine and let it idle.

8) Continue to turn the steering wheel slowly from lock to lock again until bubbles stop appearing on oil surface while keeping the fluid at that level.
It is normal that bubbles stop appearing after three times turning of steering wheel from lock to lock.

9) In case the bubbles do not stop appearing in the tank, leave it about half an hour and then do the step 4) all over again.

10) Lower the vehicle, and then idle the engine.

11) Continue to turn the steering wheel from lock to lock until bubbles stop appearing and change of the fluid level is within 3 mm (0.12 in).

12) In case the following happens, leave it about half an hour and then do step 8) to 11) again.
- (1) The fluid level changes over 3 mm (0.12 in).
- (2) Bubbles remain on the upper surface of the fluid.
- (3) Grinding noise is generated from oil pump.

13) Check for fluid leakage after turning steering wheel from lock to lock with engine running.
 
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