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Is ATF a good alternative for power steering fluid

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Thank you for writing in. You bring up a great question. While you can technically use ATF inside the power steering system, it is not always the best choice. Power steering fluid has different chemical properties than ATF, which is comprised of mostly base oils and additives. These additives can be harmful to the power steering pump and cause premature failure. If possible, always abide by the manufacture recommendations for all of your vehicle's fluids. 


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