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Power Steering oil for a 2001 E220?

I am new to Mercedes ownership and was surprised that the Owners manual and service manuals that came with the car I just bought do not tell me what oil to top up the above with and indeed when I searched the internet and went to Castrol's website it was one of the fluids they said had to be referred to Mercedes......strange, I am sure with other cars I have used ATF fluid for this relatively simple function.....but thought it best to try and find the right answer.....so if anyone can advise me that would be great as the level is well below the minimum......

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if I'm not mistaken. 001 989 88 03 10 power steering oil., but also look in the dipstick and check the color if the color is greenish, you need the pentosin type of oil

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Welcome aboard, trevora. Please take a minute to click the user cp link and complete your bw profile re vehicle andlocation as that can be very useful information.

You will find that most of the fluids in your MB are indeed MB specific fluids and the strong recommendation is to use ONLY those fluids. Some places like autohausav.com sell A/F, P/S A/T and coolant but for the typical quantities needed just get them at the dealer. Forget most of what you have done with "other cars" in the past and you'll be fine.

You posted into the general forum but there is a W210 sedan forum that is dedicated to your model. There you will find thousands of posts, DIYs, helps and tips about your car, so come visit us there.

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Those numbers and name do not mean much to me....I have read elsewhere that people say I will have to buy the oil from an MB dealership as it is "special".....I used to work for an oil company selling industrial lubes and truck lubes and apart from Citroen with their unusual suspension fluids was not aware of any other car makers that had oils that could NOT be supplied by real oil or lubricant companies as invariably that is where the car makers buy theirs from as they are not oil companies themselves......power steering fluid ought to be just a simple hydraulic oil I am sure which is why ATF is often used in car applications as this is the closest fluid to an industrial hydraulic oil in the automotive market....of course I could be wrong about all this and so will be interested to hear what others say.....

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PS I am located in the UK and so guess have different suppliers of specialist oil available to those in say the USA?
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thanks for the info on the W210 forum and will look that up....I had tried to find the answer to my question on your forum before I posted mine, but could not find an answer and W210 and E class do not mean the same thing to me (I am new to all these MB numbers and names) - will complete the profile shortly and will take on board what you say about only using MB parts and oils etc but having worked in the oil industry and for Fiat car company in their lubes division am sceptical about the rip off prices they charge compared to others but again I stand to be corrected if I am mistaken here with regard to Mercedes.....
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The US version, in my case the E320 wagon uses the hydraulic leveling fluid and steerig fluid from the same pump and reservoir. I dont see them changing back and forth from ATF to Hydro Oil, The oil is MB specific.
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The US version, in my case the E320 wagon uses the hydraulic leveling fluid and steerig fluid from the same pump and reservoir. I dont see them changing back and forth from ATF to Hydro Oil, The oil is MB specific.
Actually that is the case across the globe if you have self-leveling suspension. Otherwise it is just the conventional reservoir on the PS pump.

Trevora, to my knowlege MB contracts with some folks to supply these products, in others manufacturers (such as Mobil1) comply with Benz requirements to make oil to meet their specs. Some are just MB specific, MB branded, buy at the dealer, such as ATF and PS fluids. Coolant you can use MB or Zerex G-05.

In each case of an MB-specified product it is designed for the application and uses proprietary additives/base packs.

You've bought a highly-designed-and-engineered vehicle, as I noted previously don't carry too much of the generic mindset forward. Generic lubes are cheaper but may lead to serious damage to expensive components, penny-wise and pound-foolish, as they say on your side of the pond.

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