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How to bleed power steering in '01 GC

I had to change the cooler hose in the power steering tonight. What is the propper way to bleed the system?

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Read the fluid level through the side of the power steering fluid reservoir. The fluid level should indicate "COLD RANGE" when the fluid is at a temperature of approximately 21°C to 27°C (70°F to 80°F) .
Wipe the filler cap and area clean, then remove the cap.
Fill the pump fluid reservoir to the proper level and let the fluid settle for at least two 2 minutes.
Start the engine and let run for a few seconds, then turn the engine off.
Add fluid if necessary. Repeat the above steps, until the fluid level remains constant after running the engine.
Raise the front wheels off the ground.
Start the engine.
Slowly turn the steering wheel right and left, lightly contacting the wheel stops.
Add power steering fluid if necessary.
Lower the vehicle, then turn the steering wheel slowly from lock to lock.
Stop the engine. Check the fluid level and refill as required.
If the fluid is extremely foamy, allow the vehicle to stabilize a few minutes, then repeat the above procedure.
Also, one of the cooler hoses let go on our 2001. Had it replaced in the dead of winter, only to have the other one go out on my wife when she was out of town. My point would be that in hindsight, I should have replaced both of them once the first one went bad.
It also says to use only PS fluid, not ATF.

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