Power steering

Asked by Jan 25, 2017 at 01:25 AM about the 2004 BMW X5 3.0i AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2004 BMW X5 3.0i my steering is making a groaning noise So I checked
steering fluid looks low Went to auto zone they gave me CHF 11 which is
power steering fluid but my cap says Atf . I'm not sure on what kind to use
.I've been given several different answers n three different places sold me
three different kinds.  What would be the best recommendation I have Castrol
ATF  import for Honda doesn't mention bmw and is Dex  / mecron , which
autozone said they didn't recommend and gave me dextrin 6 for GM cars,  
also have auto tech synthetic blend  multi vehicle AtF which one would be

2 Answers


Your car calls for CHF 11s. They gave u the correct ine. I was reading up on it and it says Bmw has been using the same power sterring reservoir since mid 80's and placed a bmw sticker over the ATF label, it must've cane off


No, I disagree, If the cap says ATF, use Dex/Merc or equivalent. Open up the reservoir and put a screwdriver in and wipe on a white paper towel. Is it reddish in color? Then use ATF. CHF 11 does not mix with ATF. The cap is right.

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