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01-17-2012 03:37 PM #1
Power Steering Fluid Question
So drive a 2005 Mariner I have been hearing some noises when I turn the wheel lately, and I checked the power steering fluid and it's low. I also don't know when the last time it's been changed, if ever. My car is getting close to 100K miles so I want to change the fluid myself, and it seems like it wont be too difficult.
So I checked to see what kind of PS fluid my car takes and it says Motorcraft MERCON ATF, which is also transmission fluid. I have some MERCON ATF fluid sitting around my house. Will it be OK or should the bottle specifically say "Power Steering Fluid" on it too?
01-17-2012 07:35 PM #2
Make sure the belt is tight also.
01-17-2012 07:47 PM #3
You will be fine if that's what your manufacturer says for your model.
I drove around a 1997 Plymouth Voyager when I lived in Pittsburgh in late 2009 to mid 2010, had almost 300k miles on it and if I was driving anywhere over 100 miles round trip I would have to stop on the way and add power steering on the way, what a lovely experience. But the ladies sure love a Purple Van....
01-17-2012 07:52 PM #4
It's not the exact brand...but it's the transmission fluid that the manual calls for. Also, the Valvoline bottle doesn't day "power steering fluid" like some combo fluids do.
01-22-2012 03:35 PM #5
01-22-2012 03:38 PM #6
2006 and newer may be a bit pickier, but you are very fine with what you have.
01-23-2012 11:28 AM #7
I did it yesterday. Took me about 45 mins all said and done. One of the easiest things I have ever done. They charge $100 for this at auto shops. I did it for free since I bought the transmission fluid for another job.
01-23-2012 03:53 PM #8