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Old 07-14-2009, 12:10 PM
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Adding Power Steering fluid

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I have been doing my "pre-wheeling" trip inspections over the past couple of days and noticed that I am a little low on Power Steering Fluid.. So, I went to the Stinking dealer to purchase Mopar brand fluid @ $11.59/qt

Anyway, the FSM states that you need to lift the front of the vehicle and turn the wheels back and forth 20 times from bump to bump.. I do not have the ability to raise my Jeep with my current equipment.. Does anyone have any ideas? I thought this would be as simple as adding fuid... STORY OF MY LIFE!!!!

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You only need to lift the tires off the ground if air has gotten into the power steering hoses/system and you need to bleed that air out. Since it sounds like you only topped the fluid off, don't worry about. Also be wary that the fluid level goes up and down as the pump works so it's easy to overfill the reservoir enough so it overflows. Don't ask me how I found that out.
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You only need to lift the tires off the ground if air has gotten into the power steering hoses/system and you need to bleed that air out. Since it sounds like you only topped the fluid off, don't worry about. Also be wary that the fluid level goes up and down as the pump works so it's easy to overfill the reservoir enough so it overflows. Don't ask me how I found that out.
Thanks Jerry!

Well, I found that there are actually two different types of fluid used in my 2000 wrangler.. The dealer told me that one was red and the other was clear.. I popped off the reservoir cap and noticed that the fluid appears to be what I think is brown (sorry, I am color blind).. It is still clear, but not as clear as the new fluid.. Apparently, the "RED" type fluid used in some was an ATF+4.. If I remember correctly, the ATF+4 smells like cat urine.. Is there any definitive way to tell what kind of fluid is already in there by smell or psychic ability?

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2000 is one of those years where I don't believe it should use ATF+4 in the PS sytem, stick with Power Steering fluid to be safe. Later TJs can use ATF+4 in the PS system, older TJs cannot. Refer to your owners manual to know for sure, it will be correct.
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2000 is one of those years where I don't believe it should use ATF+4 in the PS sytem, stick with Power Steering fluid to be safe. Later TJs can use ATF+4 in the PS system, older TJs cannot. Refer to your owners manual to know for sure, it will be correct.
The owner's manual indicates the clear fluid and that is what the dealer sold me. Is it typical for Power Steering fluid to turn brown?

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The owner's manual indicates the clear fluid and that is what the dealer sold me. Is it typical for Power Steering fluid to turn brown?

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Yes. Just like oil collects dirt over time! Nothing to worry about unless it's really dark...
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Yes. Just like oil collects dirt over time! Nothing to worry about unless it's really dark...
Nope, just a little dark..


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I have a 11/2001 wrangler when I bought it the power steering fluid was ATF+4 so I’ve added ATF+4 since I’ve owned it. And never had any problems with it leaking or destroying seals or anything else for that matter. Not all but most vehicles show the use of transmission fluids for p/s fluids at parts stores that I’ve worked at for at least 10 years now. And they can’t give the wrong info because they can be sued if it screws up a customers vehicle.
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I have a 11/2001 wrangler when I bought it the power steering fluid was ATF+4 so I€™ve added ATF+4 since I€™ve owned it. And never had any problems with it leaking or destroying seals or anything else for that matter. Not all but most vehicles show the use of transmission fluids for p/s fluids at parts stores that I€™ve worked at for at least 10 years now. And they can€™t give the wrong info because they can be sued if it screws up a customers vehicle.
ATF+4 is what you're supposed to run in 2003 and newer Jeep power steering systems. In 2002 and older its recommended PS fluid is just that, PS fluid but ATF+4 is fine in it too.
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I have a 11/2001 wrangler when I bought it the power steering fluid was ATF+4 so I’ve added ATF+4 since I’ve owned it. And never had any problems with it leaking or destroying seals or anything else for that matter. Not all but most vehicles show the use of transmission fluids for p/s fluids at parts stores that I’ve worked at for at least 10 years now. And they can’t give the wrong info because they can be sued if it screws up a customers vehicle.
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