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thereuare
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Power Steering Fluid - Mercon questions revisited

Power steering is making a hum when turning and the fluid is low.

I know that Ford no longer makes 'Mercon' but am confused as to what i should be using right now.

Manual states to use Mercon and NOT Mercon V... but apparently Ford reformulated Mercon V to now work where Mercon applications are called for?

Here are my options (unless others can suggest others):
Sears- has a fluid labeled "For when Mercon or Dextron III is called for. It's called "Spectrum" and i'm assuming it may be Sear's private label fluid. Don't necessarily trust Sears too much so didn't buy any

Motorcraft- go to the Ford Dealership and buy the 'current' Mercon V and use that (even though manual states not to)

Other- go to general merchandise store (Walmart??) and buy some generic Mercon V fluid.

Please advise and/or state what others are using.

Are there any recommended mail order places for OEM Ford parts? (i know they existed for the Saab i used to own)

Thanks!

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greyboy
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You are sweating way to much.

If you want a fluid that will do the job perfectly fine, pick up ANY of the brands of Dex/Merc.

If you feel better using a syn. blend, pick up ANY of the brands of Mercon V. (most of the gear heads here seem to like this option)

I personally used Castrol Dex/Merc in my '01 and the wife's '04 when freshening up the fluid and had 0 problems. The '04 is about to hit 100k and is working fine.


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Wasn't the move to V part of the TSB to fix the "squeaky" wheel?


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quote:
Originally posted by SullyND
Wasn't the move to V part of the TSB to fix the "squeaky" wheel?


Yes, I do remember that.

TSB 06-23-3

Released on: 12/06/06

SQUEAK - STEERING COLUMN / RACK


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I have had better luck with dedicated synthetic power steering fluid.

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Big Jim
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Mercon V works great for me as power steering fluid in my 03.

I made the mistake of using Mobil 1 synthetic that said it was suitable for use where Mercon was stipulated. The PS was noisy until I switched back to Mercon V.

Use Mercon V. It works. Last time I changed trans fluid, I used Walmart Mercon V.


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I use Mercon V. No problems.


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thereuare
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Just wanted to say 'thanks' for all the replies...

Ended up at WMT and bought SuperTech Mercon V, which on the label stated 'approved by Ford' (or something like that). Brought the reservoir up to the 'min' level... will check level in a few days and also get a report back from my wife if the hum has disappeared.

Thanks again.

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just used a turkey baster on mine and looked down inside with a flashlight......some pretty nasty stuff lurking in the bottum...hopefully a few changes like this will loosen that crap so i can get it out


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