Trans fluid for power steering?

Discussion in 'A boatload of fun' started by wildcatsrule, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    I don't know if the car has the wrong cap on it, but on top of the power steering cap in a '64 Electra, it says "use transmission fluid." What? Was that used back then instead of power steering fluid?
  2. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    There was no such thing as power steering fluid back then. Automatic transmission fluid is the proper fluid to use.
  3. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    Wow-I didn't know that. You learn something new every day! So what year did power steering fluid come into use?
  4. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    I think sometime in the 80's. My '75 Skyhawk uses transmission fluid I know.
  5. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    There's power steering fluid in my '67 and '68's, so I was thinking mid '60's.
  6. BadBrad

    BadBrad Got 4-speed?

    And good old ATF is still occasionally found in a "modern" vehicle's steering system.
  7. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    Back in my late teens I had an old caviler that had a tranny and power steering leak. I was just a broke kid and couldn't afford to fix either so a $4 jug of ATF to fill both reservoirs every couple days was as good as it got lol.
  8. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    You'll find for your early to mid sixties stuff that ATF is actually better than modern power steering fluid which is too light. If your steering squeals a lot when cranked during a parking maneuver, then you may want to try Dextron ATF. In Fords, always use type F in the power steering, otherwise they'll squeal like pigs.

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