WTF, ATF in the power steering?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Tuner, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. Tuner

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    Darwin Award is on the way to me. I poured some power steering fluid in the power steering reservoir without reading the ENGLISH on the cap. Do ATF and power steering fluid play well together?
     
  2. Arya Ebrahimi

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    I've used ATF in place of power steering fluid before without issue. Dunno what the long term affects are though.

    Ary
     
  3. Landpimp

    Landpimp GOLD Star

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    your not the 1st to do that :)

    no worries, I have used PS fluid for many years without issue
     
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    I thought ATF was the recommended fluid to use.
     
  5. Tuner

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    As landpimp has so gently pointed out...you're correct. I did not read the top of the cap before mixing the existing ATF with power steering fluid.
     
  6. Rookie2

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    Oh yes... I misread your original thread.

    BTW, you have to die in order to be a candidate for the Darwin Award... you're still alive ain't you? :D
     
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    PS fluid and ATF are almost identicle, I believe the ATF has more detergents in it. Several manufacturers list ATF as the recommended fluid for the PS system. Don't use it in a Honda, though.

    -Spike
     
  8. Vlad

    Vlad The Impaler SILVER Star

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    Mine is running ATF in the PS system.
     
  9. NorCalDoug

    NorCalDoug problems solved daily...

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    My PS resevoir currently has a mix of PS and ATF. No issues. Don't sweat it.
     
  10. e9999

    e9999 You want to do what...? Moderator

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    easy to purge if you are concerned, and probably a good thing for the system too in any case if you haven't done it recently
     
  11. nyk438

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    I use PS, it's fine.

    Yay beer,
    Nick
     
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    My standard brew is ATF with a shot of fabric softener.
     
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    every car in Darwinhas ATF fluid in the power steering mate
     
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