Zafira Power Steering Fluid

Discussion in 'Zafira' started by Mike, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Wife asked me to look at fluid in her 2000 zaf and it needs some. Its
    probably just ATF oil, but can anyone confirm this? I look in the Vx book
    and it just says "special Vauxhall fluid". Thats about as usefull to me as a
    chocolate knob. Been hunting for my copy of Mr haynes's book of jokes, but
    its well hidden. Anyone help please?


    Mike, Jul 4, 2006
  2. Mike

    radar Guest

    Zafira uses normal ATF ( Dexron II to be specific)
    radar, Jul 5, 2006
  3. Mike

    Dogger Guest

    That's the ATF found for Mike can someone tell him where to get a chocolate
    As a matter of interest does the wife know that your looking for a black
    Dogger, Jul 5, 2006
  4. Mike

    LeakiestWink Guest

    Zafiras do NOT use ATF, or any kind of Dexron in the power
    steering, you di@khead.

    The electro-hydraulic power steering system as fitted to Zafiras
    (and Astra-Gs) uses a special green mineral hydraulic fluid

    LeakiestWink, Jul 18, 2006
  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Do you mean LHM, as found in trick citroen suspension?
    Mike, Jul 18, 2006
  6. Mike

    LeakiestWink Guest

    Zafiras do NOT use ATF, or any kind of Dexron in the power
    Sorry Mike, I don't know if the Shitroen LHM suspension fluid is
    the same stuff as the Vauxhall electro-hydraulic power steering

    I DO know that the Dexron ATF fluids are complex synthetic lubes
    which were developed for traditional US auto gearboxes. It also
    managed to find a use in some "old skool" mechanical power
    steering units.

    ATF fluids are definately NOT used in any modern
    electro-hydraulic power steering systems as fitted to Astra-G,
    Astra-H, Zafira, Corsa-C, along with laterVW/Audi Servotronic
    (electro-hydraulic) steering systems. They all use a green
    mineral fluid, which may - or may not - be the same as the LHM.

    The genuine Vauxhall stuff (part no: 90544116) costs £8.95 + VAT
    retail, £7.61 + VAT trade for a litre.

    Depending on how low it is, you may be able to get your local
    MasterFit or Vauxhall service boys to top it up for free, if you
    buy them a drink from the vending machine. Otherwise, £9 for a
    bottle of Vauxhalls' finest will be much cheaper than £400 or so
    to replace a f@*ked rack, all because some di@kead (who merely
    guessed which fluid, and spouted off "ATF" without any prior
    knowledge), told you to put the wrong stuff in it.

    Rgds, Sean
    LeakiestWink, Jul 20, 2006
  7. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Thanks for that. good job I didnt get around to topping it up yet!


    BTW, the LHM I was on about was also used in rolls royce's power brakeing
    I thing LHM is froggie for Le Huile Minerale or some such crap.
    Mike, Jul 20, 2006
  8. Mike

    radar Guest

    Thank you for your kind comments. I will 'take it on board'.
    As to hydraulic fluids, Citroen LHM is a special formulation for citroens
    only so should not be used in any other steering systems( except rolls
    royces maseratis etc which used Citroens high pressure hydraulic systems
    under licence) .
    radar, Jul 21, 2006
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