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What kind of PS fluid?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CK5, Mar 7, 2002.

  1. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    What is the best Power Steering fluid to use for hydro assist steering? Some kind of low foaming I would imagine.
     
  2. Ddragggon

    Ddragggon 1/2 ton status

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    since mine leaks like a sieve currently, the nice cheap Coastal stuff.... after fix the leaking hose, it'll prolly still be coastal. I dunno what one would use in a hydraulic ram assist steering, but I'd immagine anything would work, as long as there was enough of it.

    -Rich
     
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    I have always used ATF. So how about some Synthetic ATF?
     
  4. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    There was an article in Petersons awhile back about a no foam low temp fluid I'll see if I can find it...
     
  5. Grim-Reaper

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    I'm running Valvoline Synthetic Power steering fluid. Got it a Auto zone. I had burned up my fluid and flushed the sytem with this. Seems to doing good so far. Still going to put a cooler on it. Older Fords have a nice compact cooler on the trucks. On them it mounts off the Accessory brackets on the front of the engine.
     
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    chevyfumes Court jester

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    Huh, I just looked through the last12 issues and couldn't find it I think I took that issue hunting and it got ruined... Seems to me that it was August, September or October issue, maybe even November....
     
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    I'm missing august and september and its not in the other ones I just looked sorry.
     
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    Steve, my buddy D (came over when we were doing your steering brace) just did full hydro on his Sami, and used the low foaming fluid, pretty sure he bought it a checker, Pyroil brand, $10 for a gallon jug. Said no problems bleeding it. Of course he told me this right after I bought 6 qts of regular stuff.

    Pete
     
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    Amsoil has good quality expensive stuff.
     
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    chevyfumes Court jester

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    OK after searching their sucky site I came up with the September issue "Steering solutions for rock crawlers"
     
  11. CK5

    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Thanks guys, my 90 came with a factory PS cooler so I am going to just run that and see how it goes along with the low foam stuff.
     
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    Any synthetic is a good choice. I've used the valvoline and it was OK. I've even used Hydraulic fluid. But DO NOT use ATF. i'm guilty of useing it too, but since i've started building all these boxes i've found that the boxes that have ATF in them have really dried out O-rings. May just be coinsidece but It's not worth the gamble.
    Now don't keep us in suspence. How does it work? Good, bad, ugly?
     
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    LOOK I HAVE TRYED A LOT OF DIFF. FLUIDS WITH MY A.G.R. STUFF AND FOUND THAT ROYAL PURPLE IS THE BEST SO FAR. A LOT OF HIGH PERFORMANCE SHOPS ARE STARTING TO USE THIS IN MOTORS ALSO.
     
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    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I plan on installing everything this weekend, I should have everything together by tomorrow, Because of the limited space of my hi-steer setup I have to go with a howe ram to have enough room (smaller), there is no room at all above the axle so it gets mounted below the tierod but above the axle. It will be nice to get rid of the leaky AGR box and slap Matts up in it's place, thank's for all the help so far, here is a pick of the west texas offroad kit, I had to shovel my driveway to take this pick.
    http://coloradok5.com/temp/kit.jpg
     

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