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Power steering fluid types

Which power steering fluid should you use? Decades ago, car makers used automatic transmission fluid as the power steering fluid. Back then there were only a few types of power steering fluid, GM’s Dexron, Chrysler’s ATF+4 and Ford’s Mercon and Type F. Those days are gone and you should never add either of those fluids to a late model car and truck unless it’s specifically recommended by the car maker. European and Japanese vehicles often have their own unique requirements for power steering fluid. For example, some European cars and … Read More

What’s the right power steering fluid

Cardone, the largest power steering pump rebuilder has issued a service bulletin warning about the damage that can be caused by using the wrong power steering fluid. It’s important to note that not all power steering fluids are alike. In fact, despite what you see on bottoles of power steering fluid at the auto parts store, there is no such thing as a “universal” power steering fluid. Some car makers recommend a specific transmission fluid, while others require a power steering fluid that meets a certain specification. Using the wrong … Read More

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