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Old 01-15-2009, 14:59   #1 (permalink)
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Ford 02 Taurus SES - Power Steering Fluid

I have a question about The Power Steering Fluid on a 2002 Ford Taurus SES.

When I opened up the power steering fluid ... I noticied it was Red Power Steering fluid. I went to autozone ... tried to find Motorcraft (which is whats listed in my drivers manual) .... wasnt there... So I bought Valvoline (Which stated its good for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury velichles), which is a clear liquid.

Today I checked my Power Steering fluid... I was very low... and since the mechanic replaced my power steering components (The Old one broke - Original factory part - 7 years long run) ... I didnt want to damage the system, so I put in The Valvoline in... The clear liquid mixed with the red and it dilluted the red.

Did I do something wrong? Will this damage my engine?
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Old 01-15-2009, 17:35   #2 (permalink)
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It takes Motorcraft MERCON Auto Trans Fluid (any brand)
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It takes Motorcraft MERCON Auto Trans Fluid (any brand)
So if I use Valvoline... am I screwing up the engine?
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Old 01-15-2009, 18:11   #4 (permalink)
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alot of times people put trans fluid,its cheaper than power steering fluid,in a leaking power steering pump.Rack and pinion could be going out.but i bet its the pump. it wont mess up your engine.
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Re: Ford 02 Taurus SES - Power Steering Fluid

Jean:

First I would strongly suggest that you Refer to your Owners Manual....If you bought POWER STEERING FLUID...OF ANY TYPE And it said Power Steering fluid...it will be OK.

However I would never suggest the you put a Transmission Fluid into the Power Steering Resavoir...

Two different Fluids for Two different Jobs.
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Actually the manual states; Motorcraft MERCON ATF but I'm sure you'll be ok with power steering fluid.

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Correct fluid is MERCON, if you can't find it and find MERCON V, that to can be used as a substitute. Amalie makes an aftermarket MERCON V.
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I use a synthetic ATX fluid, once a year suck down the reservoir and refill. You will not have any fluid problems.
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MERCON Multi-Purpose Automatic Transmission Fluid XT-2-QDX
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Is there a filter in the pump that needs to be changed?
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