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Posted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 12:07 pm 
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What brands/type of power steering fluid should I use for EL-AU. I am told that it is differant to EA-EF.

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 12:17 pm 
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just go to kmart and look for ef/el falcon. should tell a which one... i dont think its a big deal anyways.... ive had both cars a eb and an ef and use same powersteering fluid... no probs
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Posted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 12:37 pm 
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its all the same stuff
its called autotrans or something similar
its power steering/auto gearbox fluid

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 3:27 pm 
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Just remember that the A/T fluid in E series with a BTR auto is not the same as the P/S fluid.

I wouldn't use the BTR fluid in the power steering pump... don't know what it would do.

Just go to Kmart or a servo, and get good ol' Dexron III
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Posted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 10:06 pm 
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If your pump and rack's in good nick dexron III

I've heard of people using BP super TOU or equivalent.
It's a general purpose tractor transmission/final drive/hydraulic fluid.
I've heard that it can fix the groans and shakes that some ford power steering systems get for no good reason.

Anyone else heard of this?

My EB had that problem but the rack was stuffed so no amount of different oil was going to fix that.

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Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:16 am 
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I have used auto trans fluid in all my cars, had no probs, dont pay extra for so called power steer fluid.
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Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:32 am 
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how much extra for a 1L bottle of "power steering fluid" over a bottle of DEXIII?

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 2:15 am 
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God knows, i havent bought any for years, would be interesting though, anyone???
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Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 7:33 am 
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bugger all diference

power steering fluid is just autotrans with a different label for sheilas.

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Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:15 am 
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The proper stuff is Mobil 424 Its synthetic or something.

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 1:29 pm 
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flyingnunrt wrote:
The proper stuff is Mobil 424 Its synthetic or something.


This is what I got told to use, and yes its fully synthetic. Aparrently Ford changed their spec for EL and onwards, don't know why, i'm sure its the same pump & rack. Trouble is its 3 times the price $22/lt.
My mechanic said he uses DextronIII in all except variable ratio power steering systems.

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:01 am 
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I'm no expert but maybe the seals might not be fully compatable with dextron thats why I played it safe and used the Mobil stuff.

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:24 am 
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stikky wrote:
bugger all diference

power steering fluid is just autotrans with a different label for sheilas.

cheers

yea, but how many "average" people know that DEX3 and "power steering fluid" are one and the same? i mean, if they're gonna go to the trouble of specially packaging the stuff, i reckon they'd take the opportunity to take advantage of the uninformed

 

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