What Power Steering Fluid?

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What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby epipete » Tue 09.12.2014, 12:39

Despite looking through the listings under 'vital fluids' there seems to be little or nothing about what Power Steering Fluid is proscribed!

Is there a generic fluid that can be used or something more specific, please?

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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby Tyger » Wed 10.12.2014, 03:45

Assume you mean prescribed :)
"use ONLY the approved fluid – Nippon Oils 'Besco A T F Dexron' available from your Lotus dealer under part number A100E6088V"
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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Wed 10.12.2014, 04:43

Any ATF marked DEXRON (but maybe NOT Dexron II or 2) is correct. This was used in mostly GM cars through the '90s before synthetics got to more popular. Early Ford used a different type ATF which was designated as Type F.
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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby epipete » Wed 10.12.2014, 09:20

Thanks Guys.

Proscribed / Prescribed :oops: .

What's a rogue consonant between friends? (Quite a lot in this instance - completely reversed the meaning). Thanks :clap:
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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby Tyger » Thu 11.12.2014, 05:07

Assume you mean a rogue vowel? :wink:
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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby epipete » Thu 11.12.2014, 08:42

Grief, it just gets worse :lol:
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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby GeoffSmith » Thu 11.12.2014, 11:40

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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby epipete » Thu 11.12.2014, 12:53

GeoffSmith wrote::smt044


Ho ho, absent for weeks, and then rolling about at the misfortune of my early dementia, what a low!!! I could argue that I was merely testing the observational skills of our Western allies given that allegedly we share a common language but, of course, it wouldn't be believed.

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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby GeoffSmith » Thu 11.12.2014, 16:35

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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby Megwenda » Thu 11.12.2014, 16:57

My vital fluids are getting low

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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby SteveB » Fri 23.01.2015, 20:15

Just wondering, why not Dexron II or 2. I think I may have put that in mine, should I panic ? If I need to change it now would be a good moment as car is in the garage for the winter so Im looking for little jobs to do on the cold concrete floor.

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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Sat 24.01.2015, 05:53

Steve: GM's Dexron / Dexron2/II is correct for the power steering. You should have no issues.

Ford and Chrysler use a different type fluid (Type F) that will cause problems. That is probably more of a concern in the US, but Fords are common in the UK too.
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Re: What Power Steering Fluid?

Postby SteveB » Thu 05.02.2015, 13:02

Thanks for clarifying the issue. I did some further research ( wiki ) on Dextron, very clear now. I had assumed by the statement " probably not Dextron 2 " that I needed Dextron 1. That apparently used sperm whale oil ! and is surprisingly not available now. Dextron 2 was hydroscopic so not very good. Dextron 2 was improved, it's complicated. Seems its almost impossible to get the wrong stuff now. what now puzzles me is what it's in the bottle of power steering fluid on my garage shelf ? No Dextron number just says power steering fluid. I don't think it's in the Elan though so probably not a problem.
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