CAN I USE REGULAR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID OR POWER STEERING FLUID AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR BRAKE FLUID?

2000 Mercedes Benz ML430

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wblood1

June, 3, 2012 AT 7:44 PM

Can I use regular automatic transmission fluid or power steering fluid as a substitute for brake fluid?

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6 Answers

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Jacobandnickolas

June, 3, 2012 AT 7:54 PM

Refer to the owner's manual for your particular vehicle. Some can, others can not.

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wblood1

June, 3, 2012 AT 7:59 PM

Really? That's your answer?

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ASEMaster6371

June, 3, 2012 AT 8:12 PM

I would not. If you use the wrong fluid, then you destroy all the rubber seals related to the brake system. Most cases, it takes dot 4, 5 or synthetic.

Do not add any other fluid till you find the correct needed. It may say it on the top of the cap of the master cylinder.

Brake Fluid

Fluid Type MB Brake Fluid (DOT 4+) this is what alldata suggests

Roy

Tiny

Jacobandnickolas

June, 3, 2012 AT 8:18 PM

THANKS: I missed the ABS. DO NOT USE PS FLUID FOR BRAKE FLUID.

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ASEMaster6371

June, 3, 2012 AT 8:20 PM

No sweat Joe

Roy

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Jacobandnickolas

June, 3, 2012 AT 8:27 PM

I missed it and really appreciate you catching it. I've used ATF for PS fluid many times; however with this car, I would want to be careful.

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