Power steering Fluid

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jifflemon
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Power steering Fluid

Post by jifflemon » Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:59 pm

Seen a lot of references on here saying it's Dexron 2;

However, I've just checked the manual and it's saying use ATF type F or G. I believe the basic difference is that type F contains no friction modifiers.

Anyone else topped up/flushed their power steering and if so, what did you use?

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Re: Power steering Fluid

Post by jamescarruthers » Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:11 pm

It said Dexron II in my early handbook however I Am using the red power steering fluid from Halfords from when mine got flushed.
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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Re: Power steering Fluid

Post by dcwalker » Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:57 pm

I have always used ATF, and remember years ago seeking confirmation from my then-local Volvo dealership that it was indeed the correct stuff to use.

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Re: Power steering Fluid

Post by jamescarruthers » Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:08 pm

Forgot to say, the Halfords stuff is Dexron II compatible
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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Re: Power steering Fluid

Post by jifflemon » Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:14 pm

Have found actual type f fluid - it’s about the same price as the others, just have to wait for delivery.....

Will probably play safe and stick to what the book says!

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Re: Power steering Fluid

Post by Alan 480 » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:26 pm

I think that 'ATF' is just a catch all, Auto Transmission Fluid, kinda like saying 'engine oil' :wink:

it's the code 'F' or 'G' etc that determines which type you need, similar discussion on te ScimWeb forum regarding BW 35 vs Ford C3

if the puddle is red then power steering fluid, blue/green is anti freeze, black is engine ;)
Alan

480 ES 2litre x 2, C30 1.8ES, SS1

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