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Power Steering Fluid

I have read that Jeep owners should use only the correct power steering fluid. I also read in the specs here that I should use only MS5931 fluid which I can get at the "Steelership". So this morning I went to our local dealer to get some steering fluid. They have no clue what MS5931 is and so we used my VIN number to look up there listed fluid. They could not find it at all. No fluid listed for the 2004 Grand Cherokee. They even called headquarters and they too could not find a part number for my Grand.

So the parts man asked what they use in the service dept and they told him it would be OK to use MS 10838 which is a "clear" fluid. I guess they have red too, but they wanted me to use the clear.

Has anyone else had this issue and if so what did you end up using. I'm not sure why the resivor needs topping off, but it does look low. I park in a heated garage and so I think I would see a spot, but I don't. I have not heard any noise, just looked at the level last week when I changed the oil. It looked a little low and so here I am! I do not want to open and use the MS 10838 if it is not the right stuff. I'll take it back with the correct number if anyone has the right number. Thanks
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:43 AM
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There is a Valvoline product that meets the requirement that I have been using.

Valvoline.com > Products > Valvoline > Power Steering Fluid Valvoline > Valvoline® Power Steering Fluid
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Re: Power Steering Fluid

I bet the Valvoline product is more reasonable in price than the $17.00 MS 10838 qt I bought. I can take it back and may do that after a couple of days. It hard to imagine that we cannot use other power steering fluids, but I don't want to screw up if it does make a difference. Thanks for the tip.
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I think the Valvoline stuff is about $5/quart. I need to pick up some tomorrow as I have a PS fluid leak
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Re: Power Steering Fluid

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read this thread. After I posted it, I found several other threads concerning the same or simular issues with power steering fluid.

I went to our local dealer trying to purchase the MS-5931 fluid. They told me that it was no longer available. They looked at the specs per my 2004 Grand Cherokee Overland, they went to the manufacture service dept by phone and neither produced anything in regards to the numbers my manual suggested I use. So they suggested I use MS-10838 which is also a clear power steering fluid and so I bought 1 qt from them, this is Dellen Chrysler/Jeep in Greenfield, IN at $17.00. After I got home, I started looking on my own again. The first dealer I called was the oldest dealer in Indianapolis, IN. I did this hoping they might have an old dust covered qt on the shelf. WOW! no problem, they have it, MS-5931 in qts at $11.00 per.

I will take back the qt I purchased from Dellen and most likely will never use them again. So anyone needing the MS-9531 or part number 04883077 Power Steering Fluid, it is still available and at $11.00 per qt, that's not too bad. Per everything within all the threads concerning power steering fluid here at The Jeep Garage, I think it's very important to use the right stuff. Especially with the fluid driven fan, you don't want to have to replace all the steering parts just because you used to wrong fluid.

Thanks Again for all the tips and suggestions.
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I bet the Valvoline product is more reasonable in price than the $17.00 MS 10838 qt I bought. I can take it back and may do that after a couple of days. It hard to imagine that we cannot use other power steering fluids, but I don't want to screw up if it does make a difference. Thanks for the tip.
Google "ms5931 equivalent"
A few claims that since fiat took over, it may not be readily available as MS5931 thru Mopar, but there are several good name brand equivalents.

Autozone's web site lists the MS10838 thusly.
| Repair Guides | Specifications | Fluid Specifications | AutoZone.com

If it were my vehicle, I'd get an aftermarket equivalent of the correct fluid from a name brand vendor like Valvoline, etc.
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Re: Power Steering Fluid

I use amsoil as it crosses over from mopar to amsoil
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