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Old 04-24-2010, 12:40 PM
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Power Steering Fluid Type

Hi all, I normally hang in the 7.3 SD section, but have a friend with a 1993 f250 with the 351 in it.

My question, is what fluid does the power steering unit take on that truck? I know my SD diesel takes ATF, but have no idea on that one.

Thanks for any help, Tom
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:32 PM
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All Fords take Type "F" ATF.
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Thanks!

Thanks for the info!
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You don't even have to use Type F if you don't want to. Any old ATF will do. Type F is getting pretty hard to find these days.
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:28 PM
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The 1995 owners manual still calls for Type "F".
Off the shelf Power Steering Fluid will make a Ford pump make noise.
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Agreed with Subford, "steering fluid" is bad for the pumps. Dex/Merc-III works decent tho.
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The 1995 owners manual still calls for Type "F".
I got a chuckle out of this. Owner's manuals don't update themselves?

I've looked up a couple dozen threads on the topic and responses are split pretty much 50/50 between regular ATF and Ford's Type F spec.
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I always use universal synthetic ATF that covers Mercon V. Synthetic seems to be a bit quieter, although that may just be me convincing myself of that.
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I always use universal synthetic ATF that covers Mercon V. Synthetic seems to be a bit quieter, although that may just be me convincing myself of that.
I'm always a bit nervous going to synthetic well north of 100k, but at least that probably addresses the 'better viscosity' concerns of using the proper stuff.
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I have heard of mercon causing more pump noise. I would recommend just sticking with type F. You can find it at any auto parts stores. I even still see it at gas stations.
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All Fords take Type "F" ATF.
Not true. Mercon V is what is used now. Mercon V can also be used in older trucks.
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I have heard of mercon causing more pump noise. I would recommend just sticking with type F. You can find it at any auto parts stores. I even still see it at gas stations.
Being a ford tech, I can tell you that Mercon V doesn't make it any louder than type f from my own experience
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Being a ford tech, I can tell you that Mercon V doesn't make it any louder than type f from my own experience
You would know better than me. Do you know if ford changed the power steering pump design at all after this era of trucks? I noticed that's when they stopped saying to use type F.
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You would know better than me. Do you know if ford changed the power steering pump design at all after this era of trucks? I noticed that's when they stopped saying to use type F.
I don't believe they did, but they don't even use type F in dealerships anymore because everything is replaced by Mercon V or Mercon LV. There isn't much to change on a power steering pump other than pressure or pulley size conidering it is just a simple belt driven pump for hydraulic fluid

EDIT: I would also just like to add that Ford PS pumps are just loud in general.
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I don't believe they did, but they don't even use type F in dealerships anymore because everything is replaced by Mercon V or Mercon LV. There isn't much to change on a power steering pump other than pressure or pulley size conidering it is just a simple belt driven pump for hydraulic fluid

EDIT: I would also just like to add that Ford PS pumps are just loud in general.
I was more concerned about the seals. That's why I stuck with type F(don't want synthetic with 23 year old seals). Ford pumps are louder due to the design using spring loaded slippers unlike the Saginaw pumps.
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