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Old 04-11-2012, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ATF or power steeringfluid?

I just got my power steering pump replaced on my 2001 ram 2500, 5.9 cummins. Does it use power steering fluid or ATF??? My mechanic put ATF in but i for some reason dont trust it... what do you guys think?

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Direct quote from the FSM "CAUTION: Use MOPAR Power Steering Fluid or
equivalent. Do not use automatic transmission fluid
and do not overfill"

I would take it back to the shop to get that atf out of there quickly, do a full thorough flush and refill with the proper fluid. If there is any damage to the pump or powerboost system they need to pony up and repair/replace any damaged components.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks man, I'll do that asap.

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've run atf for 150000 miles now without a problem yet!!
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Never used atf in a power steering myself but I know guys who do and they have no problems.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have never used the Mopar Power Steering Fluid in any of the rigs I've worked on, I've got 178k miles and always used atf +4. works great and have never had a problem with leaks.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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my last dodge called for atf+4 not power steering fluid. not really sure what this one take, havent checked.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:59 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I've used ATF for years also, never any problems. Its just hydraulics, building pressure. My older mud trucks I run straight 30w oil in the PS since they're so old and worn, but it keeps them working until I decide to finally replace them
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I believe the reason that dodge does not recomend ATF is that it is a detergent. And if you read through your service manual that dodge actually recommends that you change the PS oil every so many 10000 miles.
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