Power Steering Fluid Warning
Chrysler Power Steering Fluid Warning.
Chrysler reports that many of its 2004-2005 vehicles ( full list below) can suffer severe damage to the power steering system if the wrong fluid is used to replenish or top off the system. Most at fault are fluids or supplements containing Teflon, which has a nasty habit of clogging or restricting the mesh filter in the pump reservoir. That , of course , leads to pump starvation and the eventual demise of the pump and, possibly , the steering rack.
When servicing a late-model Chrysler power steering system, the carmaker recommends using genuine Mopar fluid or an equivalent. In a pinch, you can also use ATF+4 transmission fluid, with no ill effects.
Vehicles that have the mesh filter and are most susceptible to the problems are:
2004-2005 Pacifica, Sebring, Stratus, Neon, SRT4, PT Cruiser, minivan (Town & Country, Caravan, Voyager) and Viper models, and 2005 300ís and Magnums.
SERVICE SLANTS from February 2005 MOTOR Magazine.
I AM aware that Chrysler states to use ATF+4 in the owners manual. I am just posting what Service Slants lists, which gets it's information FROM CHRYSLER.
Here is the TSB on the problem.
2001 Dodge Truck Grand Caravan FWD V6-201 3.3L VIN G Flex Fuel SFI
Vehicle Level Technical Service Bulletins All Technical Service Bulletins Power Steering - New Fluid Type
Power Steering - New Fluid Type
DATE: Aug. 3, 2001
New Power Steering Fluid - ATF+4 (MS9602), Factory Fill and Service
2000 - 2002 (AN) Dakota
2000 - 2002 (DN) Durango
2002 (DR) Ram Pickup
2002 (JR) Sebring Sedan, Stratus Sedan, Sebring Convertible
2002 (LH) Concorde/Intrepid/Vision/LHS/New Yorker/300M
2002 (PG) PT Cruiser (International Markets)
2001 - 2002 (PL) Neon
2002 (PT) PT Cruiser
2001 - 2002 (RG) Chrysler Voyager (International Markets)
2001 - 2002 (RS) Town & Country/Caravan/Voyager
The factory till power steering fluid was or will be changed for some 2001 and 2002 model year vehicles. The new fluid is ATF+4 (M59602) and it provides superior performance at both low and high end temperatures. Refer to the table to identify factory till and the approved service power steering fluid by year and model. Note that ATF+4 (M59602) is Red in color and M55931 and M59933 are Amber/Yellow in color. All three fluids will darken in color with usage and fluid color is no longer an indication of fluid condition.
The part numbers for ATF+4 are 05013457AA (quart) and 05013458AA (gallon).
ATF+4 is compatible with other Chrysler approved power steering fluids, but to avoid confusion due the fluid color difference, ATF+4 should not be mixed or used as a "topping off" fluid on systems requiring MS5931 or M59933. On some past models, ATF+4 should be used as the replacement fluid. On these models, if a steering system is being serviced that results in a large fluid loss, such as a pump, hose or gear/rack replacement, the complete system should be drained and filled with ATF+4 (M59602).
NOTE : THIS BULLETIN SUPERSEDES OWNER'S AND SERVICE MANUALS FOR THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE THAT MAY STATE TO USE M55931 OR M59933 IN THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM, AND THAT MAY STATE NOT TO USE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID (ATF+4) IN THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM.
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Last edited by DSMLVR; 02-19-2005 at 08:35 AM.
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