Is ford power steering fluid interchangeable with brake fluid?
NO ! ( My Ford Explorer uses automatic transmission fluid as the power
steering fluid )
facing engine (bonnet up) on right hand side near shock tower is BLACK reservoir with sensor wire in center of cap - this is power steering(white capped reservoir = brake )do not put brake fluid in power-steering or power-steering fluid in brake res. use power-steering fluid or auto trans fluid to top up
You put brake fluid where power steeling is supposed to go in is this a big problem can you just take it out and put right fluid in the car was ran only 15 minutes at most?
Both the power steering pump and the brake booster operate hydraulically. Putting brake fluid in the power steering pump will not harm it since brake fluid is a light oil only with different properties. I would only worry if it were the other way around and you put power steering fluid in the brake master cylinder. Power steering fluid doesn't have the heat range or density of brake fluid.
On some vehicles the two fluids are interchangeable. If your vehicle isn't one of those, DON'T drive it or move the steering wheel. DO get a turkey baster (seriously, they're waaay cheaper than power steering repairs), or a syringe and suck out all the fluid in the reservoir. Then fill the reservoir to the proper level with the correct fluid.
well they call it brake fluid for a reason and it works for your brakes.. so get power steering fluid and fill the power steering up with power steering fluid and everything will work properly.. putting brake fluid in the power steering might work for a little while but eventually it would just break the power steering and you looking at some expensive cost and time so just do it the proper way the first…
What is the problem when you can not steer nor brake the car 97 GMC astro its very hard t o steer the steering wheel and hard to brake its very hard when pressing the brake pedal?
For several years of the Chevy astro van had a power brake and power steering system that was linked together. Instead of a brake booster, the power steering pump provides power to the power brake system. Often, if the brake pedal would become hard to push, it is a power steering pump problem. Change the power steering pump and the power steering fluid and your problem may disappear.
Is power steering fluid different to brake fluid and also on your dash when i start car the brake light lights up what does this mean?
Power steering fluid is completely different from brake fluid and NOT interchangable. Don't know your car but in most cases the "brake" light in the dash is a warning light to indicate you have a serious problem with your brakes. Suggest you get it fixed immediatly. Remember, your life depends on your brakes.
YES! Brake fluid is pretty nasty stuff. It'll eat up paint, if spilled, etc. I'd leave it to the brake reservoir only. HOWEVER, you CAN substitute Automatic Transmission Fluid for power steering fluid. Top off if in an emergency if you need to, but if you're gonna use ATF permanently, I'd flush out the power steering system first and refill with ATF so they dont mix...
Brake fluid in the oil won't be much of a problem. It probably won't hurt anything, but to be on the safe side, just change the oil. In the power steering pump it will be harder to get out. You'll have to disconnect the high pressure line and let it pump out, then re-fill it with power steering fluid.