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3/19/13 9:41pm - Original Message: 'Power Steering fluid issue'
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Lemon Grove, CA - USA

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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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Need to know if I have an issue or just irritated.

Had a guy I use to do things on my car that I do not want to do just because I'm and old man normally.

I just had him replace everything but the pump in the power steering system. He put in transmission fluid because he is used to GM using that.  I read that could be done but not recommended because of the higher heat capabilities of power steering fluid.  No I'm not going to be racing or doing a lot of 10 hour days driving. 

Question beside discussing my displeasure with him which I already did.  Is there a real issue I do not know.  Should I have him pull a line and drain the system or is that even possible?  The car is still off the ground pump has run to fill the system but that is it.

I guess the basic question is can I run transmission fluid in the power steering system?
If I can what are the problems I may encounter?
If not what is the best way to remove it and flush the system?

Second Issue the system seems to be balanced in that with the car running the wheels do not want to drift either way.  Is that normal or did I luck out on this?


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3/19/13 9:49pm - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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In the old days at the gas station thats all we ever used. Somewhere along the way in the last 20 years power steering fluid is the first choice. I dont think that it will cause any issues and back when it was new it may have even had trans fluid from new. Not sure and will be interested to see what others say.
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3/19/13 11:01pm - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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With the system we have on our Sharks, ATF will work just fine. On rack/pinions, PS fluid is a better choice, as in the Borgeson style gearboxes. ATF will function fine in your '82, imho. That's all I use in any of my vehicles, when I need to add, or fill one. Thumbs Up

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3/20/13 8:07am - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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I've been using it for years also, tranny fluid that is.

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3/20/13 10:25am - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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Rochester, NY - USA

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Both are hydraulic fluid , Transmission fluid with out dye is clear so is most hydraulic fluid. The reddish pink color was added long ago to help identify leak sources, so your fine using it. I have used it in snow plows and steering systems for ever and can not think of any issue encountered by doing so. 

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3/20/13 11:28am - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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Thanks all of you for clearing it up.  How about the question of the balance.  Is it normal for the system to be that balance when replaced?  

I'm of the opinion that if it does not pull to one side I should leave it alone and not ask for trouble.


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3/20/13 12:07pm - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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Thumbs Up YEAH!  Leave it alone. You did or someone else got the adjustment in the correct spot. How does it handle on the road?  Should be real smooth, no jerks or shutters.

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3/20/13 12:30pm - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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Now that Joel brought up "Borgeson" I have one being delivered Monday. Should I flush the old pump? If so with what/
Thanks Joel!
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3/20/13 1:54pm - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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Albo, unless your current system has a lot of funk in it, you should good to go on the pump. Once you pull the return line off of it, most of the fluid that is in it will drain out anyway.Your new gearbox will prolly come with specs for the recommended fluid type. but ATF should be fine in it, also.

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3/20/13 2:16pm - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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Someone else got it correct.  It was working ok but leaking from lots of places.  I have stopped all other leaks (I can hardly believe I do not have any oil pan or transmission leaks any more).  

So anyway decided to replace the everything but the pump because everything but the pump had some type of leak.  

All that is left is Air Conditioning, Window washer, Cruise control and then Painting.  Of course there will always be something on a 25 plus year old car.  


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3/21/13 9:02am - Reply: 'Re: Power Steering fluid issue'
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tb2k82ce said: Thanks all of you for clearing it up.  How about the question of the balance.  Is it normal for the system to be that balance when replaced?  

I'm of the opinion that if it does not pull to one side I should leave it alone and not ask for trouble.

The balancing of the power steering valve is a pretty simple job if you ever need to do it.

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