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Unread 04-04-2011, 03:27 AM   #1
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ZJ power steering fluid - AGAIN (last one?)

So I've read some 50 threads here on the forum but I couldn't find the concrete answer as to what type of fluid to put in the power steering.

It's for ZJ-1 (93-95) - some say "Mopar only", others say "I use ATF", third ones say "never use ATF", fourth ones say "Any brand PowerSteeringFluid is OK"...

I have a small leak so untill I fix it I need to have some fluid in the trunk, and I don't wanna mess things up.

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Unread 04-04-2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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From Jeep.

NEVER use ATF.

Use Mopar or another brand that says (on the bottle) that it is OK for Mopar.

Period.


This thread will probably end up like all the rest, though... someone is going to say that he's used ATF no problems... Jeep says NO.
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Unread 04-04-2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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So since aroind here it's hard to find anything saying "Mopar compatible" on it, am I right to assume that any major brand product labeled "Power steering fluid" will be ok? Like Castrol or Valvoline power steering fluid, which I can get my hands on?

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Unread 04-04-2011, 02:18 PM   #4
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I would assume that if the fluid said "made for chrysler" on it, it would be ok...
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Unread 04-04-2011, 04:06 PM   #5
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Oops, missed (again) that you're in Croatia...

Agree, look for 'Chrysler' if you can't find a dealer. (Didn't Renault still sell Jeeps in Europe in the 90's?)
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Unread 04-04-2011, 11:52 PM   #6
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Yup, Croatia
Yes we have a dealer, but knowing the prices... Just the other day I asked tje dealer for a quote on serpentine belt: 80 dollars! That's US $. 80. For that price I can get 2 of them shipped from ebay or most of online shopping sites in the US. I told him that but he just looked at me and said 'that's how it is'.
So I wanted to avoid that route if at all possible.

As per Renault - well that was a winner. I had that Cherokee they sold. Good part was you could find a lot of spares for it by looking at other Renault cars (example: rear wiper motor was priced at almost US$ 200 at the time by the dealer, but the new one for Renault 5, which was a perfect match, was under US$ 100). On the bad side, the had in a 2.1 liter turbodiesel engine that was designed for something half the weight and half the air resistance of the Cherokee (mine was 1988). Like taking a Yugo engine and stuffing it to Cherokee, more or less. Of course those were popping lile popcorn on a hot tin roof. All over the place. People got really bad impressions on the Jeep there. The 2.4 liter gasoline was uncomparably better, although still on the weak end but at least it moved and didn't blow "a gasket a day" as we used to say back then. Good thing Chrysler decided to stop that BS.

Anyhow, gonna go visit some shops today, I guess I'm gonna find something Chrysler-compatible.

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Unread 04-05-2011, 12:58 PM   #7
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Yes, just look at the bottle, if it says 'Chrysler' on it, it would be OK.



When I was in Europe in the late 90's (Italy, mostly) I kept seeing billboards with a picture of a Cherokee and the slogan "Jeep - by Renault".

That was well after AMC/Renault were gone and Chrysler owned Jeep.
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Yup, I was in Italy too when i had mine: powered by Renault. And yes, it was as bad as it sounds

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To finish the story - seems the gearbox is leaking. And I don't know if it's worth to get just the repair kit? Can a normally-skilled mechanic do that (repait with the kit) or does it need any special skills?

I got the Mopar power steering fluid at the end: turns out it's the cheapest thing on the market here. Goes @ US$25 per liter (1 liter = 1 quart, more or less)
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Is it the power steering pump that's leaking? Or is it the steering box that's attached to the Pitman arm?
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Unread 04-14-2011, 01:32 AM   #11
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The box. Upper part is all dry, and the pitman arm is wet all around.
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Mine is like that too. If you can swing it, just do the Durango upgrade and put in a durango steering box.

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Unread 04-14-2011, 08:11 AM   #13
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I wish I could! Around here, "Durango" is less known (yet alone seen) than a leak-free Jeep
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Unread 04-14-2011, 08:13 AM   #14
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You might could order a re-manufactured box from the US
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What he ^^ said.

A reman should last until you're done with the Jeep.

I don't know what's involved with rebuilding these boxes but I'm guessing it's fairly complicated. Maybe someone else can chime in on this. Unless it's just a seal or two. Those usually aren't that hard to replace.
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