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Old 03-09-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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Correct P/S Fluid for '83 P30 w/454 ?

I recently replaced the power steering gearbox due to sloppiness after 110k miles on the chassis. When draining the fluid I noticed it smelled and looked like hydraulic oil instead of old P/S fluid. My MH is an '83 Holiday Rambler with a 7.4L / 454 cu motor. The PS pump has always groaned a bit since I got it 6 mos. ago, and don't know if it is the original, but suspect it is. I put hydraulic fluid in it because the old fluid was light tan and didn't have that sweet smell of PS fluid or did it smell burnt or look like the familiar dark brownish red that old PS fluid looks like. If anyone has this vintage chassis could you tell me if yours has P/S fluid or hydraulic oil in the P/S system? I need an answer as soon as possible because we have committed to take our grand-daughter on spring break next week, and I'm feeling the pressure!

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the power stering fluid is almost clear give me a little ill pull up my manual
do you have a manual ?
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:46 AM   #3
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sorry i cant tell you i can hook you with the gm chassis manual and all appliances ect for a 1983 pace arrow ( bet its the same)
i bought mine at auto parts prestone brand
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From the Chevrolet Motor Home Chassis Service Guide (pg 1-4)
Power steering fluid, GM Part No. 1050017 or equivalent.

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i thought i had all my manuals. thanks
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GM PSF is nothing special, from what I see, all ordinary PSF bottles state that they are approved for GM, Ford, and Chrysler products that use ordinary PSF.

The only types of PSF I see that are special are the Pentosin products that are needed in many German cars, PSF for Hondas, and MOPAR MS-10838.

Synthetic PSF will improve the ease of steering, and the life of the system. Royal Purple, Redline, and Amsoil make PSF that will do the job for your GM Saginaw box...

Oh.. and sometimes engine oil or tranny oil is used in them things... Might have been what the previous owner did.

http://www.pennzoil.com/documents/Po...eringFluid.pdf

http://www.gates.com/common/download...n/428-7172.pdf
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Thanks for the suggestions. I love your Sunvista. It reminds me of the 60's Olds Vista Cruiser wagons with the slanted skylights. It looks great, and has a very unique look.
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I always used plain ATF in my '83 Holiday Rambler. Dexron worked for me for years.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I love your Sunvista. It reminds me of the 60's Olds Vista Cruiser wagons with the slanted skylights. It looks great, and has a very unique look.
Thanks! I remember those wagons as well... Also reminds me of the old Greyhound buses
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