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Old 02-21-2007, 12:16 PM
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power steering or trans fluid?

ive always used trans fluid for my power steering, is there any benefit of using power steering fluid over using trans fluid?

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Old 02-21-2007, 12:46 PM
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my buddy has been using trans fluid in his truck's p/s pump and it just went out yesterday... the guys he works with said that his type of pump is not good to use ATF in because of the additives in atf for friction and such.
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I have only been told to use ATF when in a pinch, Not for regular use. But I bet tons of people have run ATF for long periods of time.
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Old 02-21-2007, 01:44 PM
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Some pump manufactures will NOT
warranty the pump if you use tranny fluid.
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Old 02-21-2007, 02:29 PM
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i use 10w30 in mine never had a problem, been doing it for 12 years so far, in a billion different vehicles, makes for some real slick steering can turn with just a pinky finger


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Old 02-21-2007, 03:49 PM
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The 1962 Chrysler 300 I drive has been in the family for 17 years. ATF is the only thing we've ever put in the power steering system. Never had a problem.
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Mid 80s most cars went to clear fluid.

My son added red ATF to his, and the rack went nuts and wanted to turn one way all the time. Guess it swelled some seals in the valves.

After flushing out and refilling with clear, after a few hundred miles it was ok again and ran for 50,000 miles with no trouble.
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If you have a leak, it's easy to tell what leaking, red is trans, black is engine, yellowish clear is power steering.
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I've never understood this mixed usage thing?! I've always used tranny fluid in the tranny, power steering fluid in the power steering system, oil in the engine(without additives) and antifreeze/water in the radiator. To each his own though!
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I had a 95 Nissan pathfinder that called for AT fluid in the PS. I thought that was weird. Also I just recently bought some Advance brand PS fluid to flush my trucks system and the fluid was red and looked just like AT fluid. That kind of ticked me off because AT fluid would have cheaper and thats not what I wanted!
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The additive packages are different for power steering and auto trans fluid. That's about it. The hydraulics work with any fluid, though I don't think I'd use 10W30 in the PS except in a pinch -- it wouldn't work well in cold weather! Should be able to get by with it in warm parts of the country though. A PS system would even work with water -- for a while. The pump and other moving parts rely on the fluid for lubrication as well.
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