The 1994-95 Mustangs use either Type F Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) or Ford Premium Power Steering Fluid meeting Ford specification ESW-M2C33-F. Ensure that the fluid added to the power steering pump reservoir is new and clean.1996-98 Models
The 1996-98 Mustangs use Mercon® Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF). Ensure that the fluid added to the power steering pump reservoir is new and clean.
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The level of the power steering fluid should be checked in the reservoir periodically, at least once a year. Fluid is checked using the dipstick which is attached to the reservoir cap. Although the dipstick is equipped with range markings so that you can check the fluid hot or cold, it is recommended that you check the fluid at normal operating temperature (HOT).
The power steering pump on 1994-95 vehicles requires the use of power steering fluid that meets Ford's specification ESW-M2C33-F, or an equivalent Type F ATF. 1996-98 models require Mercon® ATF.
- Warm the fluid to normal operating temperature by driving for at least one mile, or start the engine and allow it to idle for five minutes.
- With the engine idling, turn the steering wheel back-and-forth several times from lock-to-lock, then center the wheels and shut the engine OFF .
- Locate the power steering pump reservoir. Twist and remove the cap/dipstick and note the level as indicated by the markings. To be sure of your reading, put the cap back in position, remove it again and double check the level.
- If the level is below the indicator markings, add fluid to bring it up to the proper level (a funnel is usually very helpful). If you are checking the level after running the engine or driving, make sure you add enough fluid to bring it to the FULL HOT range, but like most automotive fluids, DO NOT overfill.
- When you are finished, install the cap and be sure it is secure.