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I have read most of the power steering fluid post but when I checked my power steering reservoir I noticed that on the cover it says " use dexron type atf ". So what the heck? Do you use the regular power steering fluid found it auto parts store or the dexron type atf (thats automatic transmission fluid isn't it? ) Can you mix it? If the fluid in the car is one or the other and you top if off with the other will it be ok? Just dont want to put the wrong one and mess up the seals and start a leak. Cant really tell what is in there but probably the nissan psf.

I wonder, you think the usa nissan power steering fluid the same as the canada automatic transmission fluid --just renamed but the same oil?

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I am assuming by your remarks that you reside in Canada. If that is the case then you should know that the service manual indicates Canadian MOs can use Nissan ATF, DEXRON III, MERCON or equivalent ATF.

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No. I live in vegas but the cover of my power steering reservoir of my '04 SE says use dexron type atf. Have you checked yours?
Here is another thing thats confusing to me. I went to one of the vegas nissan dealer parts dept.yesterday and picked up a 12 oz. bottle of the nissan power steering fluid for $5.50 right. He opened one of the the bottles and checked for the type of fluid in it. It was of the reddish variety. Then, he showed me a $45. flushing mix. that the service department uses when you have your power steering fluid flushed with them. This one has a clear container and has a yellowish color-- 2 quarts worth plus an additional bottle of a conditioner type. It was labeled for american cars and import car use. Not a nissan fluid per se. Parts guy was not sure the difference between the 2 fluids.
When I opened my power steering reservoir I dip in there to see the color of my fluid. It is darker than before (hard to tell just by looking of the plastic reservoir)but can still see that its of the red variety. I guess my original fluid is the red variety. Which I suppose is the same power steering fluid as the one you can find in auto parts store.--except for honda ones where they require mineral type --that has yellowish color.
Anyway, can you see off your reservoir if its of the reddish fluid type thats in there? Or is it dark to say and have to dip in to actually tell the color of the fluid? Thanks.
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I just checked my 2005 MO and the cap does state DEXRON ATF fluid is to be used, and yes, the fluid is red.

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I just checked and found this regarding the color of dexron III aft. it is also red.

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http://www.sinclairoil.com/product_d...III_MERCON.pdf
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Regular PS fluid is NOT Dextron III - you have to use the correct fluid in the Murano, not generic power steering fluid. Go with what the owners manual recommends.

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Ok, it said nissan power steering fluid or equivalent. So what exactly is equivalent if not the red type power steering fluid off the shelf or the dexron type atf that says on the psf reservoir cover. If nissan psf is not atf thus not dexron type, then it is a power steering fluid similar to the one off the auto parts shelf. There is only two types : one for hondas with mineral stuff in it and the regular one which is the red type. Which one do you think it is?

I've spoken to a couple of different nissan parts dealers and I get conflicting answers. Dublin nissan says its not dexron atf but power steering fluid --red color one not the one for honda which is of clearish-yellowish color with mineral stuff. Said dexron atf can be used but he would rather use the psf. The other nissan dealer said to use psf not atf but he said that nissan psf is a type of dexron. Maybe he is just guessing. And the united nissan parts guy in vegas that showed me the flushing kit that the service dept. uses does not resemble the nissan psf its not even a nissan brand and he is not sure what it is. Maybe its just as simple as nissan psf is the same as the regular psf on auto parts store shelf. The only thing special on fluids for the murano is the cvts nissan ns-2.
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Ok, it said nissan power steering fluid or equivalent. So what exactly is equivalent if not the red type power steering fluid off the shelf or the dexron type atf that says on the psf reservoir cover.
Clearly, as the manual reads, its not off the shelf red PSF. It is either Nissan PSF or Dextron III ATF.

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I read in your previous post somewhere on a different thread that you have used amsoil psf. Is amsoil psf equivalent to nissan psf? And then later on another thread you had a leak with your steering system. Probably just mileage and age, but is there a chance the leak got something to do with the fluid you have replaced it with?
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I read in your previous post somewhere on a different thread that you have used amsoil psf. Is amsoil psf equivalent to nissan psf? And then later on another thread you had a leak with your steering system. Probably just mileage and age, but is there a chance the leak got something to do with the fluid you have replaced it with?
I don't have Amsoil PSF. I have Amsoil ATF. Its Dextron III-spec, so it meets Nissan spec as well. I do not expect the high pressure hose leak is related to the fluid I used unless Amsoil ATF is not very good ATF.

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I just suck out about 5-6 oz of psf of my psf reservoir and replaced-tap off to cold max with the nissan psf. (used a battery filler) What I noticed was the color of the old fluid and the new fluid was not so far apart. At first I thought that my psf reservoir was suddenly showing darker/dirtier color than what I remember it used to be. But after today, I feel relieved that though it got a little darker it is still close to the original color of a new one. Its aging alright I guess.

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Okay so the question wasn't really answered. I can buy the Dexon ATF which is transmission fluid right? Its what the cap to the fluid container says. I had this same issue this morning when I went to go buy PSF. I am still very confused by this post. Everyone just answers so what the book says.. BUT the cap says use Dexon ATF. But Dexon ATF is transmission fluid right? I want to make sure i buy the right thing! Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Okay so the question wasn't really answered. I can buy the Dexon ATF which is transmission fluid right? Its what the cap to the fluid container says. I had this same issue this morning when I went to go buy PSF. I am still very confused by this post. Everyone just answers so what the book says.. BUT the cap says use Dexon ATF. But Dexon ATF is transmission fluid right? I want to make sure i buy the right thing! Thanks for any help you can provide.
There are different grades of Dextron. Make sure to use the correct one. I doubt you can even buy the old Dextron IIE anymore, so everything now is Dextron 3 or better.

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If you just want to top it off and see whats going on, just drive to the parts dept of any dealer and get a $5 bottle of psf. Thats what I did. Both psf and atf are red so unless you test it in the lab you won't know whats in there. I just don't want to mix them and get sounding issues later. If you are draining the entire fluid and putting a new one then you can use all atf I guess. I'd rather use nissan psf...it will make me sleep better....
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I have been reading that the Dexron III is okay to use and people have been using it. Would it still be okay in my 2033 Murano? If not, where can I buy Nissan power fluid? At the dealership? I need some ASAP :-/
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