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Power Steering Fluid How to Change

Mine is a 2006 Commander 4.7 V8. I'd like to get as much old power steering fluid out as possible. It has a very strong burnt smell to it. The level is low, and I'm hearing a noise that might be comming from the pump hopefully due to low fluid.

What are the steps to change the fluid? How much new fluid do I need to fill it, and do I need any other parts to do this?

Am I correct in that the proper fluid is MS-10838?

Really appreciate the help!

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I'd just fill it up with new power steering fluid (get some royal purple ps fluid).
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RP power steering fluid is not compatible with our system. The power steering pump also drives our cooling fan.

I believe amsoil is the only company that claims to have a compatible power steering fluid for our vehicles. And while i'm an amsoil fan, I will only run the proper Mopar fluid in my power steering pump.

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And while i'm an amsoil fan, I will only run the proper Mopar fluid in my power steering pump.
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Horse Feathers! I have had no problems whatsoever with RP power steering fluid.
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Glad you haven't had any problems [yet]. Doesn't mean you wont, and it sure doesn't mean that someone else won't.

You could probably run 15w-40 in your engine and not notice any problems. Hell, put some non-HOAT coolant in your radiator too while you're at it.

The cost of a new steering rack, pump or hydraulic fan is pretty steep in these vehicles. Saving $10 to run RP just doesn't make sense to me, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

But again, glad it's been working for you.

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Did the 4.7 come with hydraulic fan/Ps combo? I thought that was only for the Hemi? Unless its the Hd Cooling with tow package?

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I'm pretty sure Adam's 4.7 has the hydraulic fan...

I could be wrong. But regardless... Chrysler specifies MS-10838 for all WK/XKs and MS-5931 for all Pre-2005 WK's. Whatever they changed in the system required a different fluid.

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Before putting it in my Commander, this was straight from Royal Purple:

"Yes, Royal Purple Max EZ (part #01326, 12 oz bottle) power steering fluid is compatible with spec MS-10838 and exactly what we recommend for your 2006 through 2010 Jeep Commander. It will mix and be compatible with any remaining amounts of the previous power steering fluid."

Web site- http://www.royalpurple.com/
FAQs- http://www.royalpurple.com/why-rp/faqs/
Locator- http://www.royalpurple.com/dealer-locator/

Thank you for choosing Royal Purple and have a great day!"

I also use royal purple 5w-30 as the engine oil, Zerex ZXGO51 G-05 antifreeze, Valvoline VV346 ATF +4 in the transmission and royal purple in the differentials.

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None of the links you posted say it's compatible. So i guess you have to e-mail them to find out?

Fact of the matter is they use the same bottle for WK/XK's as they do for every other jeep/vehicle. Mopar fluid guide calls out a specific fluid for the WK/XK line.

Here's a better link. Page 24 is of interest:
http://starparts.chrysler.com/starli.../chemicals.pdf

Personally, I'll pay the extra $10 for peace of mind. But glads its worked for you.

One of the reasons why i change all the fluids in a vehicle that I buy used. I don't always trust that the previous owners are as OCD as i am

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