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#1 jake1530

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 03:46 PM

I need a little power steering fluid in my 2005 GMC Sierra. Is it ok to use transmission fluid I remember years ago you could. I looked in the manual and it reads GM power steering fluid. Is it the same? The reason I ask is I only need a little and I all ready have a bottle of transmission fluid. Thanks in advance, Jake.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 03:51 PM

It calls for power steering fluid, Not ATF. Use power steering fluid.

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 06:08 PM

Use power steering fluid. Not ATF. If you have a couple of thousand miles on the vehicle then spring for a full bottle of power steering fluid and do a swap out of fluid. Most do not ever bother but it never hurts to refresh fluid.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 07:20 PM

Use Power Steering fluid,NOT ATF FLUID!!

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 07:33 PM

Since when could you use ATF for the power steering?



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Posted 07 October 2007 - 08:25 PM

Some manufacters specify ATF for the power steering pump. If I remember correctly Toyota was one of them.

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 08:35 PM

Since when could you use ATF for the power steering?


Back in the 60s and 70s I do not think you could even buy power steering fluid. Everthing on the road used ATF as far as I know. This changed sometime in the 80s and the OEs began recommending PS Fluid.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 08:44 PM

I don't want to give myself away but I go back to the 60s. Trouble is I don't think I ever had a car with power steering then. I want to think I remember power steering fluid in the 70s but some times my recall don't work as good as it used to.

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 09:29 PM

I had a 98 Toyota Tacoma that called for ATF as the PS fluid so it's out there!

Edit: wow didn't realize this thread was so old when I posted

Edited by davo32683, 05 May 2008 - 09:32 PM.

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