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Tech / Maintenance question - Power Steering Fluid

I was a little low on PS fluid, I checked the manual, it says to use "Genuine Nissan PSF". Big help Nissan, thanks.

I go to the dealer, ask for a bottle of PS fluid for an 07 Altima, he says "I don't have anything here, you can find it anywhere, it's just regular ATF"

So I go to the Auto parts store, look at the ATF they have, there is ATF 3, and ATF 4. Then I ask someone there and he says "no, you just need PS fluid, your car takes this" and he hands me a bottle of standard PS fluid.

Pop the hood, open the PS fluid bottle and the reservior on the car.....hmmm, the fluid in the car is red. If I recall from my limited mech knowledge, ATF is red, so it DOES take ATF perhaps....sure enough, the PS fluid is not red.

So my questions are:
--is regular PS fluid fine to use? Or does it truly take ATF?
--Which ATF? Or does it matter?

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Here is what I would do... forget which is which for the moment. You just bought a new car. Take it to the dealer, and tell them that when you took delivery your fluid was low. You want them to check all the fluid levels and top them off. Make sure they don't charge you one red cent for it.

As far as the fluid. PS fluid = AT fluid. If you really wanted, you could even use the clear synthetic stuff.
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I agree. Take it to the dealer...
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Yup-it's their responsibility. If they mess it up with the wrong fluid, then they've got to fix it, and my dear boy-you are off the hook!
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you could try reading your car's manual to see what type of fluid it takes (PS, or ATF)
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you could try reading your car's manual to see what type of fluid it takes (PS, or ATF)
Uh, go back and read the first sentence of my post again, thanks

RE: Take it to the dealer - I agree with you guys based on principle, but the dealer I purchased from is 30 min away, the closest Nissan dealer is 10 min away. Add 10min-1hour of screwing around trying to get someone, get the car in and out, and another 10-30min drive home, my time is too important right now, I'd rather drive 5min to teh auto parts store and buy a $2 bottle of what I need, and have some on hand.

It's not dangerously low anyway, it's hovering at the min mark, probably only needs a couple of tablespoons of fluid.
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Just so you know, you can take your car to ANY dealership and they should take care of you, but I hear what you are saying, and agree that there are times that my time is more important than saving a few bucks.
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Power Steering Fluid

If you checked the owner’s manual it would tell you that Dexron III/Mercon is OK to use as power steering fluid.
That book is a wealth of information, unfortunately the Altima Owners Manual is a little screwed up when it comes to the Headlight bulbs and Version 1 of the manual is slightly different from Version 2 in specs.
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If you checked the owner’s manual it would tell you that Dexron III/Mercon is OK to use as power steering fluid.
That book is a wealth of information, unfortunately the Altima Owners Manual is a little screwed up when it comes to the Headlight bulbs and Version 1 of the manual is slightly different from Version 2 in specs.
Nothing mentioned in my manual other than "Genuine Nissan PSF"....which could mean anything. "Genuine Audi PSF" is mineral oil, for example.
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My reflex reaction to that would be to call your service department and ask them what you can use. If you have a decent service adviser they will tell you what is safe to use.
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I used the search to located this topic so I would not get Does anyone have the answer? Can I just used regular Power Steering Fluid because the manual just state Nissan PSF. My other question is what color is your PSF in your reservoir, because my is purple.
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I used the search to located this topic so I would not get Does anyone have the answer? Can I just used regular Power Steering Fluid because the manual just state Nissan PSF. My other question is what color is your PSF in your reservoir, because my is purple.
Hope this will help you out. Here is what the service manual indicates:

Power steering fluid (PSF) 1-1/8 qt 7/8 qt 1.0 Genuine NISSAN PSF or equivalent*3

*3: DEXRON VI type ATF or Canada NISSAN Automatic Transmission Fluid may also be used.
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