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Old September 30th, 2007, 13:05   #1
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Default Proper Fluid for GM Power Steering?

I just replaced some of the power steering fluid in my wife's 2001 Buick because it smelled burnt (sucked out the reservoir with my Pela oil extreactor, refilled, drove a bit, and sucked out and refilled again). I used Texaco Havoline Power Steering fluid (its what the auto parts store had). Bottle says "suitable for GM 9985010 (and lists Daimler/Chrysler and Ford P/S fluid numbers as well. Get this, says also use for Volkswagen TL-VW-570-26. . I thought Pentosin 11S was the only fluid for VW power steering!

The Havoline bottle says not recommended for Honda vehicles.

The Haynes I have said to use fluid that meets GM specifications. The Buick Owner's Manual says "Use GM Fluid Part number 1052884 (pint) or 1050017 (quart) or equivalent".

Is the fluid I used OK? Is it "equivalent"? Should I be concerned?

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Old September 30th, 2007, 14:04   #2
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I just used the clear Synth. STP stuff on my sister's Grand Prix.

Does your Buick have the PS reservoir in the same idiotic spot as the Grand Prix? On the GP it's bolted to the engine under the water pump, facing the firewall. You can barely even see it looking from the top of the engine!

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Old September 30th, 2007, 14:41   #3
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Jason:

Nope, the P/S reservoir is right on top, easy to get to. Other things on that car are not, though. Replacing the lower intake manifold gaskets were total hell (they leaked coolant, a problem with the GM 3.1 L motor up until about 2003)

I figured it out (googled on it). The GM number on the Havoline bottle is the GM P/S oil test specification. The two numbers in the Buick OM are the GM part numbers, that meet the GM oil spec. so I am OK using the Havoline P/S fluid in the Buick.

The VW spec. listed on the Havoline bottle must be for older VWs. It sure ain't equavalent to Pentosin CHS 11S I don't think! If it is, its sure cheap fluid at about $4 a quart.

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Old September 30th, 2007, 14:44   #4
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The pre.... 88? VWs use Dextron for their power steering fluid.

Leaking dexkill, that's familiar

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Old September 30th, 2007, 17:54   #6
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Well was it a bad move using the STP stuff in my sister's car? Since I refilled the emptied and reservoir a few times it no longer make that "power steering" sound at low speeds.
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J, the GM cars are far less sensitive to PS fluid compared to others. Hopefully it won't be an issue for her.
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Old October 1st, 2007, 10:59   #8
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I picked up a quart of the stuff DD posted. It was pretty cheap, IIRC. Nothing compared to the VW fluid

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Old October 1st, 2007, 17:25   #9
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we used to use transmission fluid.alot cheaper then p.s. fluid.
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