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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 00, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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have a 1976 camaro that i just bought and the power steering unit has motor oil in it instead of power steering fluid "atf" how do i drain this so i can put the right fluid into it?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 00, 03:31 PM
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Cam,
You can take the return hose off the pump and stick it into a coffee can etc. Then run the motor and while the old oil is coming out, keep pouring new oil into the pump. A lot of shops use this method to "flush" out the lines when putting in a new pump etc. Just have someone helping you so that you can start and stop the motor as needed. You DO NOT want to run the pump dry. Also, while "flushing" turn the wheel from lock to lock once or twice to make sure and get all the air out of the system.
Just be carefull, and the procedure can be messy. You will probably need at least three or four qts of atf to get all the dirty oil out.
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What makes you think it has motor oil in it?? Is it because of color??

Some power steering fluids look brownish in color.

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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BillK:
Cam,
You can take the return hose off the pump and stick it into a coffee can etc. Then run the motor and while the old oil is coming out, keep pouring new oil into the pump. A lot of shops use this method to "flush" out the lines when putting in a new pump etc. Just have someone helping you so that you can start and stop the motor as needed. You DO NOT want to run the pump dry. Also, while "flushing" turn the wheel from lock to lock once or twice to make sure and get all the air out of the system.
Just be carefull, and the procedure can be messy. You will probably need at least three or four qts of atf to get all the dirty oil out.
Hope this helps,
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thanks billK. should have known that, slipped my mind. Mr.D good thought but when the oil is like sae 30wt it's not atf.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 00, 02:59 AM
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Which is best to use, atf or power steering fluid ? I've heard that trans fluid doesn't lubricate as well.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 00, 08:29 AM
 
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ATF is a light weight oil with a high detergent in it. (At least that is what I have heard. )

I think the psf doesn't have the detergent . . . just light weight oil. . . but don't know that for sure.

use atf. Some owners manuals even recommend it. (read one last week and know that for sure. )

camnut . . . sorry I just had to ask . . . you never know!!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 00, 08:55 AM
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camnut,

Your lucky it was reg oil. We just did a car a car that some genius put brake fluid in the power steering pump. Flsuhed the system, but the rack is starting to leak now......

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 00, 11:38 AM
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I just bought a rebuilt quick ratio steering box and matching high performance pump from AGR Steering. They recommended synthetic PSF (don't remember the specific brand).

While ATF may be good for modern cars, I don't think that necessarily makes it so for our "oldies".

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