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    Steering fluid

    Hi, what kind of steering fluid use the 1988 cutlass supr. sl?

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    Steering fluid

    I'm guessing your asking what kind to use? I would just go get some from Wal-Mart or where ever. I used prestone in mine.
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    Steering fluid

    Yeah....its just Transmission fluid
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    Steering fluid

    why not just use the correct POWER STEERING FLUID?
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    Steering fluid

    I have a leak in a couple PowerSteering hoses, so currently I'm dumping in more fluid when it gets low. I'm using Valvoline Max Life with stop leak.
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    Steering fluid

    no offense, but i am not cheap when it comes to my car. it is the only car i have, i like it, i would like to keep it for a long time, and i don't have money to buy another car if i bust mine up.

    if my owner's manual, service manual, and the damn cap on the power steering resovior says to use only power steering fluid, i'll pay 5 dollars for the correct fluid. even if the two fluids are identical, with only a label change, at least i have the piece of mind knowing i used POWER STEERING FLUID where it is supposted to be used, instead of AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DEXTRON III.
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    HA! Wow.....and thats why they sell bottles of that stuff. Lemme guess...synthetic motor oil and premium gas too! I have piece of mind knowing I DONT listen to the owner's manual
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    Steering fluid

    please do not take me for a fool........i may be a young 18 years old, but i am not stupid

    synthetic motor oil? my driving habits prevent me from gaining any benefits synthetic motor oil provides

    premium gas? the totally stock nature of my engine prevents me from needing the higher octane rating of premium gas

    once again, if General Motors wanted me to use trans fluid in my power steering system, they would say so. for some reason, they suggest power steering fluid instead of trans fluid, so i will use power steering fluid.

    make fun of me if you want, i really don't care. at least i know i am above you in one respect, knowing i respect the opinions of others, especially when it comes to the care of their cars, unlike you.
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    Steering fluid

    dex and p/s are different in that they have different additives, the p/s fluid helps prevent leaks, tranny fluid is designed to prevent from foaming.

    you can safely use ATF3 in a GM p/s box, but using the p/s fluid is much better for the system as well as help preventing leaks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 93CutlassSupreme
    make fun of me if you want, i really don't care. at least i know i am above you in one respect, knowing i respect the opinions of others, especially when it comes to the care of their cars, unlike you.
    Just cuz I make assumptions doesnt mean I dont respect your opinion. I just like getting under people's skin. I was totally joking with that comment, I was just trying to get a rise out of you....and I did and you gave a good response. Now I know I can believe stuff you post, unlike a lot of people on here.
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    Just cuz I make assumptions doesnt mean I dont respect your opinion. I just like getting under people's skin. I was totally joking with that comment, I was just trying to get a rise out of you....and I did and you gave a good response. Now I know I can believe stuff you post, unlike a lot of people on here.
    Thats fucked up, but ne ways power steering fluid is clear while ATF fluid is red. But at Wal-mart its like .78 cents and cheap, and about the synthetic fluid it is really good for the engine, and it does have benefits.

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    synthetic oil can last longer, but is NOT worth it if the majority of your trips are short.

    I run synthetic in my car because 95% of the time it runs for a minimum of 2 hours other than that, there's no real difference in the two... synthetic has some chemicals in it that need to get to certain temps for proper use... I think, anyway, it's been awhile since I looked it up.... all I know is that I beat on my car for hours at a time and it doesn't burn oil
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    alright robby, let's say we're even now
    1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme International 5-speed - RIP
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    Steering fluid

    I've had plenty of p/s fluid leaks so I was paranoid when I bought my new pump. I had to seek out a p/s fluid that claimed to meet the GM p/n printed in the manual. I thought about using ATF, but like 93CutlassSupreme says, the manual doesn't say you can substitute ATF. The manual for my old Mercury on the other hand, did say you could sub ATF. I just didn't want to take the chance with the seals in my Cutlass.

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    most newer PS pumps are different... that, or companies just wanna make more money by charging more for a specialty product... I haven't figured it out yet I just grab whatever is closest.... or at least, I will when my PS level goes down
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