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Chris
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8/08/2002
10:22:32

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The power steering in my 2000 4.7l got low (reason unknown) and burnt up. When I do my cams and intake tomorrow I am thinking of flushing this with new fluid. WHat type does the factory reccomend?

The reason I ask is that my friends 'stang uses mercon III fluid exclusively.

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Chris



FredDQC
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8/08/2002
11:38:31

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I will check for leaks in the pump,hoses,cooler panel, rack and pinion and also in the vacumm due to the fact that the power steering pump, also is used as a vacuum pump if I'm not mistaken.Next, I wouldn't used merconIII is to heavy, I have seen hoses pop because they can't stant the pressure. Use power steering fluid. I personally like the one made by Prestone it has shown high resistance to breakdown.



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8/08/2002
18:13:22

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Well It just so happens that I posted a TSB about this about a week ago. The TSB basicly said that you can use ATF+4 in place of Power Steering fluid. It goes on to list each year and body style that this change affects. Basicly the ATF+4 gives better performance in hot and cold conditions. It states that the ATF+4 is compatiable with the old fluid but they recomend that you drain the system and refill with all ATF+4 the first time you have to service the system.



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8/09/2002
01:22:08

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I have AMSOIL ATF in mine and the power steering doesn't grunt when I turn the steering wheel quickly like it used to.

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swingman
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10/07/2002
16:23:37

Power Steering Fluid
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Can anyone give me directions on how to properly drain the power steering fluid from a 2000 Dakota?

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10/07/2002
18:23:35

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Suck really hard. No really, get a suction pump and stick the hose down into the resivoir as far as it will go and suck the fluid out. Should be about 1 to 1-1/2 quarts of ATF+4 (on a 2002 anyway)

2002 QC 4x4 Sport Plus, 4.7L, auto, Patriot Blue, Tire & Handling group,
Heavy Duty Service group, Leer cap w/out windows, Mopar Step bars and roof rack, Rhino liner in bed and on step bars, Pace Edwards Power Tailgate lock
3.55 rear, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, all possible fluids are AMSOIL

sandman
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10/07/2002
18:49:42

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Seeing how it is (ATF+4 and all similar ATF's)with the old fluid I did not flush mine. I used a suction gun to suck out fluid from the resovoir and then filled it up with Amsoil ATF. I will probably do this again soon. If you realy want to you can suction the resovoir out, put a rag under the low pressure line, remove low pressure line and put it into a container, with resovoir cap off and fluid handy have some one start vechile, keep adding fluid as the pump pumps out the old fluid, when you see nice clean red fluid comeing out the low pressure side you are done!!You then reinstall the line,top off the res. and put cap on.



Chris
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10/08/2002
08:09:58

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To get mine pretty much cleaned, I disconnected the high pressure line at the R&P. I then drained the fluid out turning the wheel side to side in the process (both fronts off the ground, engine not running). I filled the resivoir and did this 3 times each time it kept getting cleaner. Once this happened I put the HP line back on and refilled the system (engine off) by filling the resivoir and turning the wheel back and forth. Once the gurglind sound stopped (air escaping through the resivoir) I TOPPED it off (overfilled it), started the truck and kept with the lock to lock for about 25 times. The level was then perfect. After 4k miles the fluid is still clean, the resivoir is nasty from the burnt fluid but the fluid itself is still very clean. Made the steering much easier, smoother, and more responsive as well.

Chris



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10/08/2002
15:36:18

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Thanks for the replys guys, I really appreciate it!





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10/09/2002
12:37:36

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The manual (for '01 Dakota) specifically warns NOT to use ATF as power steering fluid. Has something changed since then?



sandman
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10/09/2002
19:52:18

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YES!!!!! I posted the TSB on the general board and the recall board under the TSB number if I remember right. I am not going to type that TSB again. I will only type them one time after that you have to find it. It must have been 4-6 weeks ago I think. It might help to find the TSB number at alldata because I think I included the TSB number in the title. I also typed a TSB about ATF+3 being superceeded by ATF+4 that day as well. Happy Hunting.



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10/09/2002
19:58:36

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Subject: TSB 19-007-01
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It states: The factory fill power steering was or will be changed for 2001 and 2002 vechiles. The new fluid is ATF+4 (M59602) and it provides supior performance in booth low and high end temptures. ATF+4 P/N 05013457AA(quart) and 05013458AA(gallon)

ATF+4 is compatable with other Chrysler approved fluids but to avoid confussion should not be mixed for "Topping Off".ATF+4 should become the replacement fluid. If a steering system is being serviced for fluid loss, pump replacement, hose, gear or rack replacment, the complete system should be drained and refilled with ATF+4.

AN 1994-2002
DN 1998-2002
DR 2002
JR 2001-2002
LH 1993-2002
PG 2002
PL 1995-2002
PT 2001-2002
RG 2001-2002
RS 2001-



Bruce P
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10/09/2002
20:39:47

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This is good news... In VERRRY cold weather (-20F)My steering is quite stiff for several miles.

I have taken up the habit of turning the steering wheel several turns left/right/lefe/right to circulate and warm up the system in cold weather. (NEVER HIT THE STOPS LEST BURST A HOSE!!)

Do you think that changing over to the ATF+4 would improve this situation?

I have a 2000 4.7L






Dr. D
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10/09/2002
21:34:12

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The Amsoil ATF will flow at -69 degrees according to their literature and yes, I do use it in all of my vehicles equiped with power steering (works wonders).

Bottles that are labled "Power Steering Fluid" are just big rip offs.

Dr. D



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5/17/2015
15:09:00

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i need some help i replaced power steering pressure switch it was good fo 2 weeks now something is slingin the fluid over the engine idk what else to look for hoses are fine rackin pinions fine anybody have this issue 2001 4.7 4x4 email me or respond on here



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5/20/2015
16:28:26

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Can you have someone turn the wheel and look for where its coming from?



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