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Old June 23rd, 2011, 10:22 AM
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I am replacing with new items my Steering box, Pump and hoses.

What PS Fluid could I use besides the non locally available Pentosin CHF 11S - 1 ?

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Old June 23rd, 2011, 01:08 PM
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I just use ATF
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 01:47 PM
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Rover calls for dextron/mercon ATF. I use the cheap stuff as it leaks out anyway. Make sure to bleed it properly.
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IMSMR if you use PS fluid you will ruin the system... you need ATF

I use Valvoline DEXRON III / MERCON
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 05:22 PM
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Just replaced all of my hoses. I recall LR specifies ATF Type F for 93-95 Defenders in the WorkShop Manual. I found out Type F is an old formulation and not to many places carry it anymore.
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Really? Type F was for manual gearboxes.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 06:04 PM
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i just use cheap ATF for power steering. prefer not to mix different types, so flush and stick with the same. hasnt land rover changed some recommended fluids in the workshop manual over the years?


is type f sufficient for an r380? i know everone on here recommends redline mtl. sorry to hijack.
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castrol gt lma or any that exceeds dot 3/4 requirements.

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castrol gt lma or any that exceeds dot 3/4 requirements.

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I thought Castrol gt lma is for the clutch / brakes

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Rover calls for dextron/mercon ATF. I use the cheap stuff as it leaks out anyway. Make sure to bleed it properly.

It is all new stuff, new pump, new box and new hoses

bleed? from the box screw?
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bleed? from the box screw?
There should be a bleeder valve on the steering gearbox.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 09:36 PM
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[QUOTE=Rugbier;288184]Sal

I thought Castrol gt lma is for the clutch / brakes

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Sorry, Sleep deprived! I mean any cheap dextron III tranny fluid will do.

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You can use whatever you want in a Rover. You can't make the steering any worse.
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Sal

I thought Castrol gt lma is for the clutch / brakes

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It is all new stuff, new pump, new box and new hoses

bleed? from the box screw?
Yup. It can be a PITA.
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Mr goodwrench power steering fluid is a mineral base fluid doesn't break down in high heat/heavy use situations. Plus ATF over time makes the seals become rock hard and crumble and make things start to leak.
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Old June 26th, 2011, 11:19 PM
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Really? Type F was for manual gearboxes.
Like I mentioned, I just replaced all of my 95 NAS D90 Power Steering hoses and replaced the fluid. Here is the page from the early 1993 version of the LR WSM.

The recommendation for the Power Steering Fluid is ATF Type F.
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I just noticed a leak and that my power steering fluid is almost empty. Plan to drain and refill. What to refill with? All the above suggestions have just made me more confused. ATF Type F? Redline ATF D2? Does ATF really affect the gaskets?
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Just use ATF (does not matter what kind) and top it up. No need to drain and refill. Where is the leak? Box, lines?
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I think/hope it's just the hose clamp. Tightened it up and keeping an eye on it.

No clue what is in here already. Is it bad to mix?
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I can't see why as long as you stick to ATF. The LWB has had every type of ATF in it in the 10 years it has been leaking.
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