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Old 05-25-2011, 09:24 AM
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I noticed my power steering fluid is low on my boat. I have a 454 MPI. I don't remember what type of fluid it says on the top of the motor cover to use, so i was hoping somebody could help me out. Do I need to use the Mercury fluid that it tells or could I pick up something that may be a bit less expensive?
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I have always used standard PS fluid from the auto parts store with no issues, it is a GM pump so normal PS fluid is fine. In a pinch you can also use ATF. But PS fluid seems to be better for the seals.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:41 AM
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Yea. kindof what i was thinking i have some fluid somewhere for my truck. Thanks for the help.!
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I called imco on this and they told me standard power steering fluid. I believe my manual says the use of 10/30 motor oil is fine.
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10w30 can be used in tabs and trims, but I would avoid it in the PS.
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I have always used standard PS fluid from the auto parts store with no issues, it is a GM pump so normal PS fluid is fine. In a pinch you can also use ATF. But PS fluid seems to be better for the seals.
x2...that is what I have been told.
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Regular PS fuid or transmision fluid will work fine.
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Have always used ATF in any power sterring pump that I have ever had. Not saying it correct tho
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