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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-30-2013, 03:22 PM
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My steering fluid its low and I have a super tech power steering with leak stop from walmart and was wondering if its safe to add to my 00 bmw 528i? Have any od you guys used this?

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Old 09-30-2013, 03:29 PM
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Re: Steering fluid is low can I add this one?

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Is it safe to use? What are your experiences with this fluid

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You are technically not supposed to use power steering fluid.
You are supposed to use Transmission fluid - I think Dex3
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Steering fluid is low can I add this one?

NO! Don't use that stuff. Use Dextron III or 4 automatic transmission fluid. Don't know what will happen if power steering fluid is used, but, follow the BMW owners manual which specifies ATF fluid. I think the reservoir cap even says ATF.


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Re: Steering fluid is low can I add this one?

Thanks mates for quick reply.
I'm going to end up taking it back and get the right one from auto zone .


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Just recently got my car and found a bottle of dollar store power steering in the trunk! Now my rack is leaking fluid like a quart in two days! Thanks PO. Not sure if it eats the seals or not but USE THE ATF!
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Were to buy dextron Atf power steering fluid

Were to buy dextron 3 or 6 atf power steering fluid at ? Went to local auto zone and no luck can Napa , O'reilly carry these?

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Steering fluid is low can I add this one?

Use a quart of synthetic ATF . Buy a turkey Baster from the dollar store suck out the old fluid and refill with new ATF synthetic. Should take about a quart to completely flush the system.

You can buy distributor seals from autozone that will be adequate to replace your old worn seal


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Were to buy dextron 3 or 6 atf power steering fluid at ? Went to local auto zone and no luck can Napa , O'reilly carry these?

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There is no such thing as "ATF power steering fluid". It's regular Auto Transmission Fluid. Just get any Dex III compatible ATF fluid. Every auto parts store, as well as Walmart, carries this. I use Castrol Multi Import Vehicle ATF.
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well I would use it if your in an emergency but would flush it asap
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just got some atf from my local o'reilly auto store. woo hoo finally ...
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I use the amsoil synthetic atf in the Transmission and power steering reservoir.
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Typing /power steering fluid f3 in the VERY best of E39 Links nets this is a split second

- Power steering fluid (1) (2) & power steering fluid flush DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) & volumes (1) & how to clean the power steering fluid reservoir internal filter (1) (2) & how to replace the cap o-ring (1) (2) & why you want to fix the power steering hose drip onto the alternator (1) (2) (3) & how to debug PSP power steering pump noises (1) (2) (3) or steering rack noises (1) & a nice power steering pump autopsy photo (1) & how to flush cloudy ATF fluid (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what PS fluid to use (1) (2-pdf) (3-volume) & what volume is needed to buy (1) & DIYs to replace the power steering hoses (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to debug common BMW power steering issues (1) and noises (1) (2) (3) or steering rack noises (1)
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