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Power steering fluid

My fluid is a bit low. not alot though. I see no oil anywhere around it. is it normal to use a small amount? or where else should I look for leaks to be safe?

also, my book says to use Mercon ATF, which I asume is auto trans fluid, but I want to be sure before I top it off. I thought I had heard ATF could be used in power steering before, but better safe than sorry

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I use hydraulic fluid for mine..... i have had BAD experiences with putting ATF into power steering systems, but if thats what your manual says....... Ive seen it ruin entire systems (this was on a couple of chevys)

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Foil Delete...(no difference noticed)...
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Tow package
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2" leveling kit by AAA spring(local)
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what does your manual say?

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-4" MBRP w/ 5" tip
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-CCV mod
-New boots...
-Fuel Rail X
-DieselSite Transmission Filter
--W/ Guage and Flush valve
-Factory Tech Valve Body
-Stage 2 Snow Performance Water Meth
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-TurboMaster WasteGate Control
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i dont have a manual...but ive used hydraulic on my chevy trucks and ford trucks without any problems.....

99.5/01 F250 SD 4x4 SOF ext. cab short bed
90,000 on the engine and 253 on the truck
aftermarket:
Intake(DIY/TYMAR)
Foil Delete...(no difference noticed)...
Tires
Tint
Gooseneck hitch
Tow package
Headlights
Exhaust(kat and muffler delete)
2" leveling kit by AAA spring(local)
tranny w/triple disc tq
edge juice w/attitude
where has all my mileage gone....
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--W/ Guage and Flush valve
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-TurboMaster WasteGate Control
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-AIH Delete
-Garrett High Flow Outlet
-Garrett NON-EBPV Pedestal
-Plenum Inserts
-Torque Converter Lock Up Switch
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look down on your steering box, see if there is any fluid on that. check all the lines too.


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My 2001 manual said Mercon ATF so I went tonight and bought 4 quarts of Mobil 1 synthetic ATF (which is for Mercon). That seems to be what most people are putting in this model of the 7.3l. I'm hoping this will quieten down my PS pump which is filled with black PS fluid. Probably has never been changed in 229k miles...
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ATF is correct for the PS system. You shouldn't be loosing any, you must have a leak somehwere. Use the synthetic ATF and there will be a huge difference. If you have never done it, I would flush the entire system and refill with synthetic, IIRC 3+ quarts for a complete flush. A mirror on a stick and a good flashlight will help find leaks.

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I just went through my steering system. First was the return line, still leaked.
Then a new pump, shaft was loose and would move 1/4" in and out. Still leaked.
Cleaned everything off with carb cleaner, started truck and moved wheel left then right.
Drip was on steering box, pulled it and top plate was cracked around back bolt. New box and it no longer leaks. I use transmission fluid.
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how do you drain it?

-DIY Tymar Intake
-ZooDad
-4" MBRP w/ 5" tip
-Guages
-HPX
-CCV mod
-New boots...
-Fuel Rail X
-DieselSite Transmission Filter
--W/ Guage and Flush valve
-Factory Tech Valve Body
-Stage 2 Snow Performance Water Meth
-AFE Blade Runner Intake Manifold
-TurboMaster WasteGate Control
-DieselSite Boost Relief Valve
-AIH Delete
-Garrett High Flow Outlet
-Garrett NON-EBPV Pedestal
-Plenum Inserts
-Torque Converter Lock Up Switch
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