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What happens when you put power steering fluid in where the brake fluid go's?

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You will need to have it removed the have the brake systme flushed and filled with the correct grade of fluid which should be either dot3or dot4 this should be done by a competent mechanic or brake specialist this is not a job to take shortcuts with please dont try to do it at home its good to know that your car is safe so have it towed to someone who is qualified to perfom this proceedure transmission fluid and brake fluid are designed to do different jobs and have very differnt properties brake fluid is made to cope with the very high tempratures that are generated by friction from the brake shoes or disc pad being forced against the disc or drum as well as heat caused by the extream pressure in the fluid systme when the brakes are applied trans fluid has a lower boiling point and is thicker and more viscos this could cause a number of posibilities none good

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You contaminate the whole system. They are not interchangable. They entire system has to be cleaned and bled.

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Hi Salmancasmi,
On vehicles with a hydraulic booster you will find that the power steering pump supplies fluid through bot the steering gear box and the hydraulic booster.
Just a visual inspection of the system should point you to the part that failed, most likely a hose. These can be obtained through your local parts store or dealership.
Locate and replace the failed part, refill the reservoir with power steering fluid. With the front of the truck on jack stands, start the truck and turn the steering wheel from full left to full right several times while pumping the brakes. This will remove the air from the system. Recheck for leaks and fluid level and you'll be on your way.
Hope that helps, good luck.

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Nothing will happen. Power steering fluid is what you should have used. ATF is Automatic Transmission Fluid.This fluid is more intended where friction qualities are needed.It will work, but power steering fluid is better for the pump and hoses and gives the rack and pinion a better lubrication the ATF.Don't worry you are fine as it is.

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SOURCE: what do i use for power steering fuid

you can change it but the fluid is about the same i was told if your power steering was low and you had none you can sub trans fluid

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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