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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 05-12-2014, 07:44 AM
Xceller8r Xceller8r is offline
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E70 x5d power steering fluid

Hey all, just wondering what fluid people are putting into their power steering system?

I want to change the power steering fluid and refil with fresh

My cap says ATF Fluid only. I went to 2 bmw dealers to buy ATF that they use to be sure, both says that they don't sell the fluid as their service department gets the fluid in big drums and don't sell any quantity in bottles and if I want it topped up or anything to just bring the vehicle in. Wat gives?

Anyways the parts guy goes on to tell me that if I really want then to just get dexron III atf as that's what they are running at the moment.

So which dex III should I use? I have read a few of the labels on some dex III atf bottles, they don't mention anything about bmw or even euro cars.

Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:45 AM
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:50 AM
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If the cap says ATF and not Pentosin then go to local auto parts store and get good quality ATF. Other than windshield washer fluid, it's probably the one fluid where almost anything will do.


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Old 05-17-2014, 01:42 AM
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Just to update..I bit the bullet and found a BMW dealer in Prahran in Melbourne Australia that sold the ATF in one litre bottles. Other ones I went to didnt sell them by the litre. I bought 2 litres @ $60bux a litre.. Ouch!!!!!!

Reason why I went with original fluid was because I was exchanging fluid out of reservoir using the siphoning method. Therefore there was no guarentee that I could get all old fluid out and I didn't want to mix fluids.

So I syphoned, refill, run, turn wheel lock to lock a few times. And repeated until the fluid I was pulling out was clearer.

The original fluid I pulled out at the very start was really really black and didn't look healthy at all. I felt no difference in steering. And the fluids really hurt my wallet. But it's just a preventative maintanence that I wanted to do.

BMW reckon the PS FLUJD is a life time fluid.
I don't buy into BMW"s life time fluid MYTH. Thats absolutely CRAP. No such thing.

Since doing this DIY.. After extensive research I found out the ATF fluid that I bought from BMW is actually ZF lifeguard 6. I have since found someone on eBay Australia that sells this fluid for about $30 a litre. I'll be buying off him when it comes time to change fluid out of my transmission. I ain't paying the dealers rip off rate of $60 a litre.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:44 AM
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Well done.
Post a DIY when you tackle the trans.


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Old 05-17-2014, 10:05 AM
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Well done.
Post a DIY when you tackle the trans.


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Ok, here is a trick, sneak into the kitchen when the wife isn't there, get the turkey baster out, syphone the fluid, replace with new (as noted in the above post, ATF is ATF so use what floats your boat) you only mixing new with old.

Now here is the tricky part, well step 2 is, clean that sucker real well, that the easy part, here come the hard part, sneaking the turkey baster back into the kitchen without getting caught, this is the most important step.

Good luck...















Or do what I do, pick up an axtra turkey baster and keep it in your rollaway..

Harry
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