Hydraulic Jack uses power steering fluid?


Old 12-01-07, 06:54 AM
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Hydraulic Jack uses power steering fluid?

I was serching for hydraulic fluid for a 5 ton Hyd. jack for my land rover Discovery (fluid level is low). Not easy to find where I live, then I was told by someone in a parts store to just use Hydraulic power steering fluid. I have never heard this before. Anyone know???

Thank you very much!
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Old 12-01-07, 08:00 AM
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There are no Autozone's or Oreilleys near you? They all sell floor jack fluid.

You could probably use power steering fluid as well, you could actually you canola oil if you wanted too.
Old 12-01-07, 08:07 AM
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Power steering fluid is one type of hydraulic fluid but is not the type normally used in a jack.

You need general purpose hydraulic fluid which is slightly thicker than tranny fluid.

Never thought of canola oil but if I put that in a jack where I live it would get kinda stiff at -30 degC!
Old 12-02-07, 05:02 AM
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Nope no Autozone or anything like that, I live in Costa Rica. But, I will hunt and find some Gen. purpose Fluid. I am sure there are places that have it, I just need to find them. And, Well then, I wont be buying Power steering fluid!

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