Power steering fluid

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2018/02/13 13:37:25 (permalink)

Power steering fluid

Hi folks, my steering been knocking for the last few days, and noticed my fluid needs topping up as it's well below the dipstick. Is the stuff Halfords sell ok? It's comma atf.....the manual says hydraulic fluid ATF (dexron) so just double checking the Halfords stuff is ok....alternatively what could I get off amazon prime? 
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    Re: Power steering fluid 2018/02/13 13:54:10 (permalink)
    Halfords stuff should be fine.
     
    Maybe you need to find and fix the leak though? :)  ATF makes quite a mess..

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    Re: Power steering fluid 2018/02/13 15:09:22 (permalink)
    Cheers mate....got a feeling it's just a small leak, and with a gravel drive not the end of the world. What is dexron?
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    Re: Power steering fluid 2018/02/13 17:50:20 (permalink)
    Dexron is just the original brand but its not made anymore. If you look at the Halfords bottle, it actually says something about being compatible with Dexron.
     
    Mine started like yours and ended up with a recon steering rack and all the associated joy of fitting it.
     
    I think I used this one - look at the small print on the label...
    http://www.halfords.com/motoring/engine-oils-fluids/gearbox-oil/halfords-automatic-transmission-power-steering-fluid-dii-1l
     
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    Re: Power steering fluid 2018/02/13 18:54:31 (permalink)
    Cheers Ian, much appreciated 
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    Re: Power steering fluid 2018/02/13 19:48:48 (permalink)
    My 944S2 had a small PS fluid leak (mostly the return hose to the reservoir) which would return after tightening up the clamp.  During a cross country trip I found I needed a good top-up but I had left my bottle of Dexron (red type II) at home.  The only fluid I could find at the time was modern clear PS fluid "compatible with European cars" so I topped up with that and crossed my fingers.  That was more than 2 years ago and I haven't had to add fluid again.  I don't know if the additives in the "modern" fluid are better for seals, etc. or just what happened there but it seems to work well in our old systems - not sure what a complete fill with the "modern" stuff would do - be interesting to hear from anyone who has had to switch over to newer fluids.

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    Re: Power steering fluid 2018/02/13 21:56:15 (permalink)
    Many years ago,I bought a 5 L bottle of Comma ATF fluid which is red,& supposedly specced for all suitable car power steering systems & automatic gearboxes.
    As it is a sub brand of Esso,one of the few refiners of oil ,I have every confidence in it & have used it(but very little) in various cars since then including various Rovers,BMW's  & Porsches.
    Have had no problems at all whilst using it,but haven't so far come across the clear "modern" version Bruce used & in any case have most of the bottle contents left.

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    Re: Power steering fluid 2018/02/21 10:24:10 (permalink)
    Went for castrol dexron II in the end as I like the green and red bottle...early indications are good with respect to the steering groan...
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    Re: Power steering fluid 2018/03/13 14:44:19 (permalink)
    Fairly sure, by process of elimination, that I'm only losing fluid when I park on an incline....weird. 
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