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How can putting green power steering fluid in my car effect it ive been told i should be using red? ford focus 2002 2.0 ive had steering problems for a while and taken it to loads of mechanics and still no problem solved UNTIL i see my daughters uncle he told me straight away that i should be using red how will this affect my car as its been like this for a about 3months

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You should only use the fluid required by the car manufacture as some fluids have friction molecules in them that work with the components that were built to use a friction type fluid system.others don`t have this friction molecule in it to be used by a system that doesn`t require the friction molecule.its like using the wrong transmission fluid in a transmission it will cause transmission problems because of it.and just for your information not all red power steering fluid has the correct properties for a particular application.thats why its important to use the proper fluid for the application.

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First --why have you not had that steering problem
repaired.

Why are you waiting 3 months when you know
you need work done

I don't except that loads of mechanics can not
come up with a solution

I will however accept that you don't want to
spend what will be required to repair it

The color of any fluid is only the dye they put in it

Your Ford product will use Red -- Dex/Mercon
or Mercon V . Have to check your owners manual

If you don't change Power Steering Fluid every 3
years or 30,000 miles the steering rack will fail,
as will your transmission,if that isn't changed at
every 30,000 miles

Green Fluid would be most likely a different specification
and for say a European or Asian Vehicles ,just as an example


You ask a question but never said what the problems were !!

Posted on May 25, 2011

  • sophiekettle May 26, 2011

    yes ok then 1st!!!
    pump was leaking had it changed! then got 1 from a scrap yard was broke so changed it again my steering went heavy and then light couldn't see what the problem was (heavy when i hit pot holes or it would just go heavy in 5th on a staright road) so i was told by another mechanic to change a valve in the pressure switch so did that still problem was still there, then i had the rack changed still problems NOT fixed and just been told that its the wrong fluid im a woman and no absolutely NOTHING on cars in total now i must of spent £500- £600 so NO i am trying to fix it im NOT driving it as my daughter is a baby and DONT think its safe to drive so i wouldnt just assume that i havent done anything at all as im trying everything im told to try which still isn't right

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