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Fluid recommend for power steering flush and fill

1st gen IS 300 what’s fluid? Some say Valvoline max life full synthetic?

(Gonna do the turkey baster method)
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1st gen IS 300 whatís fluid? Some say Valvoline max life full synthetic?

(Gonna do the turkey baster method)
Toyota usually recomends Mobil1 Oil. I work at Toyota and Mobil1 supply all our lubricant needs, Motor oil, ATF, MG75 -90, HD gear oil for transfert case.

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1st gen IS 300 whatís fluid? Some say Valvoline max life full synthetic?

(Gonna do the turkey baster method)
It uses type IV transmission fluid. Just like the automatic. I have used multi-vehicle synthetic type IV compatible with no issues.

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I’m confused I thought it says dexron IIIon the power steering reservoir
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Iím confused I thought it says dexron IIIon the power steering reservoir
You need to use power steering fluid. Kleen-flo makes an excellent one (might be better than the oem we sold) If you do not put the right fluid it will break the seals and powersteering rack will fail

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I use valvoline MaxLife deron ATF and flush every 80,000 miles. Raise the front so the wheel are off the ground, disconnect return line to the resevior, catch the spillage and direct the return hose into a waste bottle. Cap the resevior port and fill the res with new fluid. Then turn the wheels lock to lock with the engine OFF. And top off the resevoir as you go. Once the fluid comes out clean, reconnect the hose and top off the resevoir. This is the easiest DIY you will ever do.

I go one step further and add a Magnefine filter 3/8" in the hose that goes to the cooler. I'm at 260,000 on the original rack and have no leaks. Keep the fluid clean and the seals will last forever (so to speak).

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You just use regular Dexron 4. You don't need any special fluid. It won't hurt as long as it's at least as good as Dexron 4. Honda's require special PS fluid but the IS doesn't.
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per owners manual it called for dexron 2 or 3. atf Toyota fluid my parts guy gave me states it's formulated to replace dexron 3

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