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Old 03-14-2010, 08:31 PM   #1
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Power Steering fluid

Is all power steering fluid the same? If so this would surprise me. I have a 2004 WH W-22 and I need to add a little PS fluid. I have looked in the book and all I can find that is says is add "power steering" fluid. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:47 PM   #2
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Use the search tool - Power steering - Power steering noise ect and you should fined a lot of suggestions.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:49 PM   #3
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I just looked at my Ford manual and the power steering uses the same fluid as the transmission Mercron Auto transmission fluid. I tried a Google search but didn't learn much except that each make seems to recommend the same ATF fluid as in the transmission.
Maybe someone will know for sure.
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Over the years I have used Power Steering Fluid and ATF. They both worked fine. The only difference I could see was the PSF was clear and the ATF was red.
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The Workhorse recommendation is to purchase and only use fluid labeled as Power Steering Fluid.



See the website and purchase fluid compatible with P/N 1052884
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Workhorse uses GM engines in their gas powered chassis. GM has their own power steering fluid which you can buy at any GM parts department. If you want to buy your PS fluid at a auto parts store, just make sure the bottle states that this fluid Meets or Exceeds GM specifications. If you see that then you should not have any issues. Cheaper fluids that don't say Meets GM specification's could cause a PS whine.

And yes Ford's PS systems require ATF.

BTW I race off-road desert racing and we use the GM pumps on our race motors, and the companies that build these performance PS systems suggest using GM fluid, as it has performed the best. They have found less pump failures when GM fluid is used. I believe the reason is GM PS fluid as an additive that reduces foaming. And in race conditions foaming fluid can cause air in the system and that will kill the pumps.
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Is all power steering fluid the same? If so this would surprise me. I have a 2004 WH W-22 and I need to add a little PS fluid. I have looked in the book and all I can find that is says is add "power steering" fluid. Thanks in advance.
i changed my power steering fluid to AMSOIL PSF power steering fluid in nov 2008. it took 1qt 28 oz. the power steering operates much quieter.
if interested, check my previous post for the procedure i used to drain the fluid.
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Got it, thanks everyone.
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in response to a message about not being able to find my previous post:

I cannot find it either. i posted it about nov 08. it must have been lost in the change over.
if memory serves, the details are:
1 disconnect the hose from the power steering reservoir to the brake booster at the master cylinder. my hose was blue.
2 drain the power steering reservoir through this hose. i think it took about an hour for the hose to quit dripping.
3 cut about 1/2'' off the hose before reconnecting it to the brake booster at the master cylinder. i used a new worm type hose clamp.
4 install new fluid, i added 1 qt and 28 oz amsoil synthetic psf fluid.
5 start engine and leak check hose connection. exercise steering and brakes.
6 recheck power steering fluid level, top off as necessary.
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workhorse power steering fluid change

I searched the internet on changing the power steering fluid on the bottom of the steering box. I noticed a allen key type bolt no back up nut ( used on steering boxes for adjustment) \I removed the special bolt and the fluid drained out slowly from the steering box and revesvior above. Allow to drain, replace plug and refill raise wheels and turn the steering wheel back and forward slowly and recheck the fluid level do not over fill.
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Dan L: Was there a screw in filter at the bottom of the reservior?
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Dan L: Was there a screw in filter at the bottom of the reservior?
Not to my knowledge. Call brazels.
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