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03-03-2013 12:45 PM
Calvin S Thanks. Will check with Agent.
02-23-2013 12:00 AM
sailor There's a good answer.

Ours that have hydraulic power steering recommended this fluid for it (Ford's current ATF), so it's a good guess they followed this spec. everywhere.

Many don't notice location, and some believe the "World Car" advertising means it's the SAME everywhere - it's still good to check for that bottle since the question HAS come from those with electric steering as well! (They wanted to know what to use in advance of checking fluid levels, if they'd looked the question would have been "where is the reservoir" (grin))

Luck!
02-22-2013 11:42 PM
suss6052 Its not listed in the UK ford owners guide even though they also have that 1.6L engine as a low level or base that was being replaced with the 1.0L EcoBoost i3.

However usually you can use either a dedicated power steering fluid, or some automatic transmission fluid like the following:

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Motorcraft® MERCON® V Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) and Power Steering Fluid
Premium-quality dual-use fluid for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles
Can be used in vehicles requiring MERCON® V or MERCON® type automatic transmission fluid
Provides excellent performance in electronically controlled automatic transmissions
Manufactured with high-viscosity index, premium-quality, hydroprocessed base oils and specially designed performance additives
Provides excellent shifting characteristics at high and low ambient temperatures
Offers excellent thermal and oxidation resistance, as well as good low-temperature fluidity
Provides wear protection and inhibits the formation of gum, sludge, lacquer and foam
Provides protection against rust and corrosion
Dyed red for easy leak detection
Suitable for use as a hydraulic oil in a wide variety of industrial applications that call for an ISO 46 or SAE 20W viscosity grade hydraulic oil
Not for use in applications where MERCON® SP, MERCON® LV, Continuously Variable Chain Type Transmission Fluid, Motorcraft® Premium Automatic Transmission Fluid, FNR5 Automatic Transmission Fluid or Type F Automatic Transmission Fluid is recommended
Not for use in transfer cases
Recommended by Ford Motor Company
Available in cases of 12 one-quart bottles, four (4) five-quart bottles, six (6) one-gallon units and 55-gallon units
Use of bulk fluid is environmentally proactive and bulk quantities are available at substantial savings
http://www.fordparts.com/products/ch...ionfluids.aspx

If your car is losing fluid so early in its life is this a concern for the Warranty, or is there not one that is very good there in Sri Lanka?
02-22-2013 11:04 PM
Joeywhat You should contact the dealer.

A quick Google search shows that the Focus available in your area with your specific engine may not have the electric steering assist. Since that vast majority of MK3 Foci do have this, you probably won't get an answer quick here.

Likewise, it very well may be in your owners manual.
02-22-2013 10:42 PM
amc49 If it uses fluid the owner's manual will state what type.............
02-22-2013 10:32 PM
jdubhack
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Originally Posted by Calvin S View Post
The reservoir cap clearly says 'power steering' and has the steering wheel symbol on it. Don't think it gets clearer than that.
Pics?
02-22-2013 10:31 PM
Calvin S The reservoir cap clearly says 'power steering' and has the steering wheel symbol on it. Don't think it gets clearer than that.
02-22-2013 10:24 PM
jdubhack
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Originally Posted by Calvin S View Post
Hi,

My car does contain a reservoir for power steering fluid. What is the power steering fluid I should use?
Pics or it didn't happen. The Mk3, as already stated, is an electric assist.
02-22-2013 10:15 PM
Calvin S Hi,

My car does contain a reservoir for power steering fluid. What is the power steering fluid I should use?
02-10-2013 11:49 AM
whynotthinkwhynot He's right, if there's not a reservoir for PS fluid under the hood, then there's no worries. The reservoir would be visible and marked with a pictograph- usually a steering wheel.

I think all Focis are now electric assist.
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