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Old 09-19-2020, 03:24 PM   #1
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The Best Power Steering Fluid Is...

Should I use my Dex III transmission fluid?

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Dex III is the minimum requirement. I run Allison Synthetic ATF Dex III equivalent in my vehicles, and with my Saturn, it really helped with a noisy PS pump with brownish fluid. It's been 15 years since I switched and the synthetic replacement still looks good.
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I put a Wix 33033 filter in the return line...

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I used SuperTech Dex 3 a few weeks ago and it seems to be happy with it
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Old 09-20-2020, 11:47 PM   #5
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Default Re: The Best Power Steering Fluid

PS fluid is something I have not changed on my Saturn. Good to know that people are using ATF, since that's what I'm used to using in my truck even though it's not a GM approved fluid.

Maybe I'll use the ole turkey baster and suck out the fluid from the reservoir..... yes I know that only gets a small amount of it, but I'm not messing with disconnecting hoses on this car when they're all buried.
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^^^ I use a flavor injector I purchased at Dollar Tree. Less mess. I cover the area with ample amounts of paper towels too.

https://www.dollartree.com/cooking-c...jectors/226254
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:17 PM   #7
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^^^ I use a flavor injector I purchased at Dollar Tree. Less mess. I cover the area with ample amounts of paper towels too.

https://www.dollartree.com/cooking-c...jectors/226254

I have a couple of those, but without the extension. I think mine were originally sold for a different purpose. I think I got them out of the trash someplace. They've been rolling around in the bottom of my tool box forever. I finally used one a few weeks ago, but I don't recall exactly what for.

I've got a version that's setup specifically for mixing 2-stroke gas, which is real handy.
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I’d recommend getting a simple siphon pump to get the old power steering fluid out. They are just as cheap as a turkey baster, and they can get into the back part of the reservoir that turkey basters usually can’t reach.

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+1 on something other than the turkey baster. I did 5-6 fluid changes 15 years ago to gradually get rid of 90% of the old ATF in the PS system, and used a turkey baster for the first 3 changes, then it went so much better with a cheap Harbor Freight pump. Less mess and faster.

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Old 09-21-2020, 07:18 PM   #10
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I am a fan of Lucas power steering fluid
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Old 09-22-2020, 02:39 PM   #11
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Also, people have had good luck with Mobil 1/Dex 3 synthetic in old posts.
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The BEST??

Amsoil ATF. That's all I run, PSF & 5-Speed Tranny.
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If you are going to do a PS flush then do it right. Pull the return line at the rack and turn the steering wheel back and forth until you are not getting much or anything out. Then pour 1/2qt or so in the reservoir and repeat the wheel turning.

then hook up the return line and refill. Turn the wheel back and forth (engine off) until no more air comes out.

Don't be surprised if it's noisy and foams the fluid a bit when you start it.

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Have used Valvoline PS for years using baster method to clear out old fluid. Try to do this about once a year.
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:23 PM   #15
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Default Re: The Best Power Steering Fluid

I am also a big fan of Lucas power steering products.

I topped off and replaced some fluid in my reservoir with Lucas Power Steering Stop Leak. This eliminated my fluid loss and firmed up my steering, making it more responsive. My steering felt like new when I did it.

No question I would use it again.
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Mobil 1 ATF is a good balance between the best, availability, and price ($8). AMS Oil is great, but usually has to be ordered.
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