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#2301372 - 06/29/11 10:52 AM Replacement for Dexron IIE
anguscls Offline

Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1
Loc: KS
The manual for my Isuzu Rodeo says to use Dexron IIE for the power steering fluid. Apparently Dexron IIE is no longer available so I called my Isuzu dealer and asked them what to use. They told me to just go to O'Reilly and buy PS fluid. I pointed out there are a lot of differences between PS & ATF fluid. He told me they can no longer get Isuzu PS fluid so when they service one they just call O'Reilly and ask them to bring them some PS fluid. They don't specify anything.
Aside from quality of dealer issues I think I'm not getting adequate information.
I've seen a lot of discussion about Dexron IIE being surpassed by III which is also no longer available to GM specs.
My question is can I just use Dexron VI? Is there a better choice?

#2301377 - 06/29/11 10:55 AM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
eljefino Offline

Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 29578
Loc: ME
Yes you can use Dex VI. You can also use generic dex 3 "appropriate for". The PS system is less hard on fluid than the insides of an auto tranny so even generic stuff will do.

#2301391 - 06/29/11 11:12 AM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
WishIhadatruck Offline

Registered: 05/09/06
Posts: 1323
Loc: Grand Rapids, MI
If you just want something inexpensive that works I'd probably just use a Dex/Merc fluid if I were you. Dex VI would probably be better. I'm pretty sure Redline PSF is approved (by Redline) for use in vehicles calling for Dex fluids as well.

RED LINE POWER STEERING FLUID satisfies the service fill requirements of most auto manufacturers and can be used where the manufacturer calls for any automatic transmission fluid such as DexronŽ, Dexron II-DŽ, II-EŽ, or Dexron IIIŽ, Ford Type-F, Mercon, or M2C138-CJ such as required by Ford, AMC, Toyota, Nissan, Lexus, Infiniti, Jaguar, VW, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, SAAB, Subaru, Volvo, Porsche, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and many others.

This fluid also satisfies power steering units requiring GM PN 1050017 or 1052884 (Spec Number 9985010), Chrysler Spec Number 5931, and Ford Spec Number M2C33-F. It also satisfies the hydraulic specifications of Denison HF-O, Vickers vane pumps, and Sundstrand piston pumps.
1996 Buick Roadmaster Wagon
2014 Cruze Eco Manual
2003 2500 Suburban, 8.1L

#2301429 - 06/29/11 11:44 AM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
JHZR2 Offline

Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 38397
Loc: New Jersey
I've always had best experience using M1 ATF, makes for better cold weather performance.

#2301454 - 06/29/11 12:07 PM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
ET16 Offline

Registered: 10/28/08
Posts: 936
Loc: MD
Merc V would be okay, too.

#2301653 - 06/29/11 03:57 PM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
Ursae_Majoris Offline

Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 1350
Loc: South
I use M1 Multivehicle ATF (DexIII/MercV) in my Axiom. Turkey-basted a quart 2 summers ago. Steering is much easier/lighter in winter.
2011 Chrysler T&C, Dealer bulk fill/, OEM filter
2002 Isuzu Axiom, PureOne, 5w-30 G-Oil

#2301928 - 06/29/11 08:47 PM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
[RT] ProjUltraZ Offline

Registered: 12/16/04
Posts: 1055
Loc: Honolulu, HI
i'd use MaxLife PS fluid

#2302212 - 06/30/11 06:55 AM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
ahoier Offline

Registered: 02/03/10
Posts: 1723
Loc: Cocoa, FL
I've heard most PS fluid is simply light naptha/petroleum...

So I wouldn't worry too much about the fluid specifics.....I'd just use the PS fluid as the dealer much are you low? Even Marvel Mystery Oil can be used for light "top offs" of the Power Steering, no more than 16 oz. though...

#2302235 - 06/30/11 07:20 AM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
deeter16317 Offline

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 1339
Loc: SE, PA
Some of the later Dodge transfercases call for Dexron II, and Dexron III works just fine. I want to say that on the older bottles of Dexron III, they stated it would work in Dexron II applications?
2004.5 Dodge 2500 Cummins

#2302269 - 06/30/11 07:57 AM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
Eddie Offline

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 8256
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
I to would go for Dex 3 as a better choice then Dex IV for this applicatin.
CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)

#2303955 - 07/02/11 08:41 AM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
artificialist Offline

Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 8187
Loc: Florida
DexIII was made with replacement of DexIIE in mind. That will work fine for you. DexVI is intended to replace both of them.

Buy a synthetic ATF that meets DexIII or DexVI, and you will get more life out of your PS system and fluid, and possibly reduced steering effort.
2010 Lancer Ralliart Sportback

#2304733 - 07/03/11 07:40 AM Re: Replacement for Dexron IIE [Re: anguscls]
Ramblin Fever Offline

Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 1627
Loc: Timberline
I own an Isuzu rodeo too; use any dex 3 or dex 6, works just fine.

Do NOT use regular pwer steering fluid