Updated: Oct 5
When it comes to power steering systems, the choice of oil can make a critical difference in performance and longevity. In this blog post, we'll delve into what power steering is, as well as what power steering fluids are and the significance of it.
What Is Power Steering?
Power steering is a system in a vehicle that assists the driver in steering the vehicle by reducing the effort needed to turn the steering wheel. It uses hydraulic or electric power to augment the force applied by the driver, making it easier to control the direction of the vehicle, especially at low speeds and when parking.
What Does Power Steering Fluid Do?
Power steering fluid serves as the hydraulic medium within the steering system, establishing a hydraulic connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels.
What Types Of Power Steering Fluids Are There?
Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) serves as the primary fluid inside automatic transmissions. Interestingly, some power steering systems also utilize ATF. Examples of ATF types include Dexron and Mercon.
In contrast, synthetic power steering fluid is a laboratory-created, non-oil-based fluid. It's often custom-engineered for specific vehicles or systems. Many modern vehicles now employ synthetic power steering fluid due to its advantages. There are also non-synthetic, mineral-based oil power steering fluids available. These may be suitable for applications that can accept ATF fluids.
A common question that arises is whether power steering fluid is the same as transmission fluid. While both are hydraulic fluids, ATF is formulated with unique additives and detergents designed to effectively clean and maintain the transmission system, distinguishing it from power steering fluid.
Pro Oil provides a selection of Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATFs) that are suitable for use in a variety of power steering systems, where compatible. These options encompass a range of both mineral and synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATFs), which include Pro ATF DX II, Pro ATF DX III, Pro Synt ATF DX III, Pro ATF +4, and Pro ATF DX 6. Although many of these ATFs can be utilized, it is advisable to consult the vehicle's owner's manual and the power steering unit's specifications for precise guidance. Following these recommendations ensures the proper choice of ATF for your specific vehicle and power steering system.
For more information, you can contact Pro Oil SA at (+27) 21 556 6109 or visit our website at https://www.prooil.co.za