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Unread 09-30-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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96 Cherokee (SE) Power Steering Fluid

After checking records discovered 11K miles have elapsed since power steering fluid changed. Went to the dealership to purchase "Power Steering Fluid" and was told that the "Automatic Transmission Fluid" for this vehicle is the same stuff as the power steering fluid. So I bought a quart of ATF.
Is this information from the Chrylser parts department true?
If I replace my power steering system fluid with automatic transmission fluid will there be ill effects on the pump and/or system operation? I'm a little leary.

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Unread 09-30-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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It is my understanding that Jeeps need proper power steering fluid, not ATF (which is different). That said, Chrysler usually use a unique ATF so may that IS actually OK.
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Unread 09-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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Ive been running ATF (Dexron III) in my steering system for a few years now. So far, no ill effects. My choice was because of reading other's experiences, and a want for less fluids to carry as spare.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 09:43 AM   #4
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I've decided NOT to freshen my power steering system with the quart of ATF the parts department guy said was OK; and instead get the Mopar power steering fluid, (in the smaller size bottles), to do it. Glad I took the time to get another opinion, thanks for your input.

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Unread 10-01-2013, 10:01 AM   #5
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Some good info here on the subject: http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...=497271&page=3
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