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Old 11-04-2003, 04:38 PM
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What power steering fluid on 190E?

hi all!

can someone tell me how I check the power steering fluid on my 1990 190E? Do I just twist the black knob on top? What fluid do I add? I hear that ATF will work (which type and brand?). Should I just stick with what the manual says--don't know what it recommends though. Thanks!
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Old 11-04-2003, 08:33 PM
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Unscrew the black knob and remove the lid, then start the engine. There is a whitish plastic level indicator in there, the owners manual will explain how to determine if the level is correct.

I recommend the MB power steering fluid, not ATF. ATF is recommended on older MB's with power steering, (older than a 190).

If a dealer isn't convenient, go to a PepBoys or Autozone (or even a discount store) and get a container of what they call "power steering fluid", not ATF.

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addendum to gilly's post...

if you don't go to the dealership be sure to specify that your car is a mercedes (or at least a european car). I believe that the "regular" power steering fluid for domestic and/or japanese cars are of a different specification and may cause issues in the future.
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What about the MB power steering fluid? That's what I use. Is it different (it looks and smells it) and does it matter?
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Old 11-05-2003, 02:18 PM
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frosty

It is probably a good idea to also replace the power steering filter while you have the top off.

If it hasn't been done in a while, it might be a good idea to totally change the ps fluid.

These two things will help ensure a long-life of the pump and compenents.

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What about the MB power steering fluid? That's what I use. Is it different (it looks and smells it) and does it matter?
when in doubt, go with factory approved parts. in the case of power steering fluid, you can't go wrong if you get the OEM mercedes stuff.

it IS different (not exactly sure what makes it so special) and it DOES matter. you don't want to be putting GM power steering fluid into an MB steering pump.

could haveto do with the viscosity, could have to do with the chemical composition and its effect on components within the steering system, could be both.
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Old 11-05-2003, 02:29 PM
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ATF is WRONG stuff. I had major leaks to prove it. It will swell your hoses and wreck your gasket.
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