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Loss of power steering in my 1996 Grand AM

About a year ago i had the power steering hose replaced. The machanic put transmission fluid in my power steering container telling me that it was the same as power steering fluid, now the fluid is black and the unit is not working. Could this be the result of using the wrong type of fluid?

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    REPLACED POWER STEERING PUMP AND HAS PLENTY OF FLUID

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What you've said is possible but likely there was some pump damage when you originally had the hose leak. Manufacturers have always said to use P/S fluid in steering pumps but within the past ten years this has become more critical to the point that I now would never "cheat" and use trans oil.
If you remove the return hose and drain system (running), then re-fill with p/s oil you MAY regain function, but it's not a 100% chance.
If you do this, make sure you bleed air out by turning wheels all the way left, then all way right and checking fluid level each time till oil level stablizes. If some performance is restored, repeat in about one week. If not, replace the pump.

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