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Old 06-03-2005, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Type A transmission fluid question

I need to top off the power steering reservoir in my newly aquired fairlane. The dipstick says Type A automatic transmission fluid only. Is type A now called Dexron III or should I use power steering fluid. The fluid in there currently looks clearish / tan so its not type F. Thanks in advance for any info...

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Old 06-03-2005, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can put peanut oil in there if you want to...

The PS pump can use any type of tranny fluid you want to run in it... You can even mix a little of each if you prefer. (not recommended though)

use the expensive clear stuff for $2.95 for 8 ounces or use dex III, and have extra and get it cheaper..

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Old 06-03-2005, 07:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can still get Type-A trans fluid at WalMart..
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You can put peanut oil in there if you want to...

The PS pump can use any type of tranny fluid you want to run in it... You can even mix a little of each if you prefer. (not recommended though)

use the expensive clear stuff for $2.95 for 8 ounces or use dex III, and have extra and get it cheaper..

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I know you can dump whatever in there and it should work, but I would prefer NOT to mix the fluids which is why I ask. I would like to keep it consistant with what the factory recommends and I couldn't find type A anywhere but didn't check walmart. Thanks for the heads up rayell
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Old 06-03-2005, 10:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have always used good o atf
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Old 06-03-2005, 10:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use type A in my 74 Pinto C-3, But I like Merc/Dex 3 In my 64 Galaxie C-6. I always use Walmart Type-A in all my p/s units.

It works for me..

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I get type A from Napa. Good prices and seems to work just fine.
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Old 06-04-2005, 12:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I use Type A also from Walmart. I've heard that using the now available "Power steering fluid" wasn't good for the old pumps. I'm assuming that is if it is still the old original seals and such. Kind of like you only use Tranny fluid in the hydraulics of the convertible tops and not regular ol hydraulic fluid like you would use in your floor jacks. I prefer to stay on the safe side even if it does seem to run right back out sometimes.

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I put atf in my Bronco's power steering once (stock '86 unit)... and it started howling every time I turned the wheel. Drained it and put "power steering fluid" (like the dipstick says, duh) in and it's silent again.
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Hello, this thread is little old - do you have any idea, where get Type A fluid online now? Thanks!
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From my good old moped days, I've found that type F is close.
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Hello, this thread is little old - do you have any idea, where get Type A fluid online now? Thanks!
Use Type F, it is available at most big chain auto parts stores. It hasn't changed over the years and pretty much is the same formula since the late 50's - 60's. Most of the current ATF fluids are made for modern materials and can be harmful to older, original hoses, transmission bands, media.

I found this company on line, apparently they still sell Type "A". There are probably others...

Coastal Type A Automatic Transmission Fluid is blended to provide outstanding performance and is recommended for use in all automatic transmission fluids requiring Type A fluid.

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Old 11-13-2009, 06:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Never heard of type A transmission fluid.
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