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Old 04-11-2014, 05:54 AM
gkubat gkubat is offline
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04 X3 2.5i Power Steering Fluid

OK, so I just want to swap out and cap off (to appropriate level) my power steering fluid. 92k miles and getting some noise when I turn the wheel.

My cap says 'Use ATF Fluid'. What do I use? There's all kinds of chatter here about Dexron II, III, VI and others but no one seems to make this decision clear.

I'm reading that Dexron II and III would be best, but most people can't find that. And one person said that Dexron/Mercon or Dex/Merc is the same. Is that true? Because it looks like that is easily available.
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:43 AM
Supercourse Supercourse is offline
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Dexron III is most likely the factory fill, and as you will not be able to completely evacuate it all, using Dexron III (readily-available at most auto parts places) is probably the best.

I would avoid any product that is labelled to meet multiple standards (such as Ford's Mercon and GM's Dexron) in this instance*. Just basic Dexron III.

Dexron VI might be fine but I doubt it would offer any advantage in this application.

The E83 P.A.S. can be a bit noisy on full lock without there being a problem.

* UPDATE - I see what you mean. Everything is labelled Dex/Merc. in the U.S. http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/a...ntent=10711125
I am sure that is perfectly good for the X3's power steering system.

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Old 05-18-2014, 05:57 AM
kenza kenza is offline
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Guys, what is the system capacity, how much ATF should I get?


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