Date registered: Mar 2019
Vehicle: 2003 ml500, 2004 ml350
Location: boise Id
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As I understand it Dexron III is also fine to use, Needed to replace the steering pump reservoir O-ring. So while at the dealer while I asked if then had a return hose and what
fluid to use. He said "I can sell you the Mercedes or you can just use Dexron III", I said that is what I heard there's no problem using it he said none at all.
If you look at the specs on the list and take a closer look at say the Gulf ATF MX it states it meets Dexron III. You use so little of it unlike transmission oil cost is not a major factor here what is more important is what you can get ahold of should you need it in a pinch. Straight Dexron III is not as common as it once was either, Auto Zone only carries one.
236.3 Steering gear oils (ATF, Specification 236.3)
The following product list should help you to select the correct operating fluid for your vehicle/major assembly from the variety of products in the market.
We are recommending to use exclusively the products listed in the following overview, because only these products have been tested and approved by Mercedes-Benz.
We recommend using only products
which are distinctly marked with the label indicating the approval of Mercedes-Benz, e.g. “MB-Approval 229.51”. Labels referring e.g. to “MB 229.51” don't have an approval of Mercedes-Benz.
Which are listed in the current MB BeVo. Only listed products are tested and approved by Mercedes-Benz.
Application in vehicles/major assemblies refer to Sheet 231.1 (passenger cars, cross-country vehicles) Sheet 231.2 (commercial vehicles) Sheet 231.3 (UNIMOG, MB tractor)
Last update: 05/16/2019
Mercedes-Benz Genuine Power Steering Fluid MB 236.3 Daimler AG, Stuttgart/Deutschland
MB 236.3 Genuine Power Steering Fluid A000 989 10 04 Daimler AG, Stuttgart/Deutschland
Fuchs PENTOSIN PSF Fuchs Petrolub AG, Mannheim/Deutschland
GONHER ATF DIID M 6.3 Lubricantes de América, S.A. de C.V., SANTA CATARINA/MEXICO
Gulf ATF MX Gulf Oil International, London/ENGLAND
LIQUI MOLY LENKGETRIEBE- ÖL 3100 Liqui Moly GmbH, Ulm/Deutschland
LUBRAL ATF DIID M 6.3 Lubricantes de América, S.A. de C.V., SANTA CATARINA/MEXICO
megol Lenkgetriebeoel Stability Meguin GmbH & Co. KG Mineraloelwerke, Saarlouis/Deutschland
PANOLIN ATF MULTI PANOLIN AG, MADETSWIL/Schweiz
PETRONAS ATF FLUID 236.3 PETRONAS LUBRICANTS INTERNATIONAL, VILLASTELLONE (Torino)/ITALY
Sinopec Greatwall ATF-B3 Lubricant Company, Sinopec Corp., Beijing/P. R. of CHINA
As to the power steering return hose it was out of stock, so I went with Gates 3/8 bulk hose, gave it a broad turn, made sure nothing was rubbing against it. What I did notice is it was a bit softer then the old hose. I know there was a clamp recall on this, but I wonder if the issue was not the clamps but the molded hose being too stiff?