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Old 01-06-2017, 12:27 PM
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Power Steering Fluid

Ok I'm sure this has been answered on here lots of times but after searching for forum for 30 minutes I have yet to find it. I'm going to replace my Power steering pump and fluid this weekend as its acting strange. The issue is I cant seem to find what fluid to use. I see people say ATF +4 others say get it from the dealer. What fluid do I need? Planning on doing the work tomorrow so any help would be great.

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From FSM:
"DESCRIPTION - POWER STEERING FLUID
The recommended fluid for the power steering system
is Mopar ATF +4."

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Since ATF+4 is a spec (for automatic transmission fluid) that other manufacturers can and do meet, I wouldn't hesitate to use any name-brand. I think I used Valvoline ATF+4 last time, but I think I've also seen Castrol ATF+4 and others in the various parts stores
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Is this for the '97 noted in your footer? If so, don't use ATF.

In 2003 Jeep changed to a Mercedes built power steering system that uses ATF+4, but 2002 and earlier TJ's used a Saginaw system that uses regular power steering fluid
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Is this for the '97 noted in your footer? If so, don't use ATF.

In 2003 Jeep changed to a Mercedes built power steering system that uses ATF+4, but 2002 and earlier TJ's used a Saginaw system that uses regular power steering fluid
Yes this is for the 97 that is listed in my garage. Although I purchased a new PS Pump today. Should I still use standard Power Steering fluid? I would assume that if Jeep updated the pump any pump made after would move the the new standard. Thoughts? Again thank you for all the help...
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Yes this is for the 97 that is listed in my garage. Although I purchased a new PS Pump today. Should I still use standard Power Steering fluid? I would assume that if Jeep updated the pump any pump made after would move the the new standard. Thoughts? Again thank you for all the help...
If you purchased a direct bolt on replacement for your 97, then it should be regular power steering fluid, as mentioned above.
Unless the box manufacturer specifically States otherwise.

Be sure you bleed the system of air *Before* starting the vehicle. Tires off ground, engine off, turn wheel lock to lock at least 30-40 times with reservoir cap off.

Then after you start vehicle if fluid level goes down, add until it's up to proper level on dipstick, and bleed again.
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I would assume that if Jeep updated the pump any pump made after would move the the new standard. Thoughts?
That would not be a good assumption.

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