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Old 02-24-2015, 11:29 PM   #1
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Power steering fluid?

Okay so I've been reading around and i know we use transmission fluid for power steering.

Issue is I'm confused on what kind to buy.

I have 2001 325i and I see this but I'm not sure if it's the right kind because it says hydraulic fluid.Click image for larger version

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If this is the right kind how much do I need?
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:40 PM   #2
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The cap should say ATF or CHF 11S. E46s only use ATF. The dealer uses Dex 3(III) or Dex 6(VI). Personally I use Royal Purple MAX ATF. For a complete flush is about 2 qts, if your just topping off 1 qt is all that you will need.
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:44 PM   #3
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Thank you I really appreciate you clarifying that for me
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:49 PM   #4
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:02 PM   #5
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I used cheap ATF fluid from Walmart (Dex VI I believe). From what I researched, the ATF fluid is being used as a simple hydraulic fluid in your power steering system (not as a lubricant for constantly moving parts), so it is pointless to get anything fancy.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:46 PM   #6
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That's an interesting money saving fact. So it doesn't really matter what kind
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:13 PM   #7
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I use Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF fluid.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:49 AM   #8
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I use Redline D4ATF.
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:21 PM   #9
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Old 02-27-2015, 06:47 AM   #10
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That's fine. I have Mobil 1 ATF in my car

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