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Can anyone tell me what power steering fluid the captiva takes?
I appear to have misplaced my manual & when I google it the only thing that comes up is the location of where to put the power steering fluid
 

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DOT 4

Helpful link:- http://cararac.com/brake_oil/chevrolet/captiva.html

It may originally been DOT 3 installed. This was superseded and indeed was a service recall to DOT4

THE ABOVE DATA IS INCORRECT. THIS DATA REFERS TO BRAKE FLUID - NOT POWER ASSISTED STEERING. SEE INFORMATION BELOW FOR CLARIFICATION.

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Edited by: Aussie Ed
 

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Ed have you been on the Castlemain XXXX? You don't use brake fluid in power steering - it will destroy the pump. Automatic Transmission Fluid is the nearest but you're better to use proper power steering fluid. Don't know why the OP has difficulty finding it, most of the motor factors stock it.
 

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Victor , I grovel unreservedly. Quite right. Not an excuse but mind on other things. Dog is in his final days by the look of it. He had a really bad day today and I'm not concentrating. He was hospitalised all over weekend & monday. That awful one way trip might be near
 

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Thanks for the replys, so normal power steering fluid then

Ed sorry to hear about your dog, fingers crossed he makes a recovery!
 

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Andy , apologies for misleading you. I'll add an addendum to my incorrect post for the record.
 

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hi
I own a 2013 cruze estate and the power steering fluid needs topping up could anyone tell me which fluid I need thanks
 

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Roadrunner, Your Owners Handbook will tell you - try page 298. It may even be defined on the top of the filler cap. (DOT4)
If Power steering fluid goes down you need to establish why and where. There may be some very minor drop as pads wear and brake cylinder moves slightly further but that should be very slight. If the drop in level is considerable you should check for possible brake cylinder seal failure or pads well worn down.

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Hi its the power steering fluid not the brake fluid?
The handbook and filler cap state dot 4 for brakes but not a mention on power steering fluid thanks.
 

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RR, You are quite correct ........ I was having 'brain fog' !! My apologies.
Power steering fluid is indeed usually the same as automatic gear fluid. Dexron.
Steering fluid shouldnt go down unless there is a leak in the components. Check underneath.
Note: some Cruze variants have electronic steering and this is discussed in previous posts.
 

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RR, You are quite correct ........ I was having 'brain fog' !! My apologies.
Power steering fluid is indeed usually the same as automatic gear fluid. Dexron.
Steering fluid shouldnt go down unless there is a leak in the components. Check underneath.
Note: some Cruze variants have electronic steering and this is discussed in previous posts.
Hi again could you tell me which fluid to use anyway thank you.
 

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I've corrected my earlier error and given you the GM preferred brand in post#14. What we dont know is whether you have owned from new, when did it last have power steering fluid replaced? If so what with - that service receipt should define what was used. It is best not to mix brands / grades and if the fluid is more than three years old you should totally bleed and refill the entire braking system - not just top up. You can look up the specification for your vehicle year which I'm believing to be a J308 build. To make sure, take your vehicle to your service dealer and get them to check and identify the colour of the existing fluid.
Firms like Opie Oils have an excellent product identifier ; https://www.opieoils.co.uk/products-for-your-vehicle.aspx;
as does Castrol CAR ENGINE OIL & FLUIDS FINDER | CASTROL UK & IRELAND
Note that most 'old' specifications for Dexron III has been superseded/upgraded to Dexron VI. Some sites might suggest MerconLV
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I added autom transmission oil to my Captiva and also to my Nissan Primera. There are some specs to meet but newer fluids replaces older ones...
 
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