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Old 02-02-2021, 05:58 PM #1
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power steering fluid type for 2016 4runner trail recommendations?

2016 Trail 4runner

noticed that my power steering fluid, is at minimum cold level.

cant be the only one with this question.

ive read other posts, but looking for current recommendations, or what others are using.

what are you using for power steering fluid?

owners manual says dex III, but local dealer, only have dex IV.

what are you using?

what is working for others?

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cheap supertech.. dont overthink this one dex III.. if it makes you paranoid then change it yearly to keep it a nice bright red.. its the cheapest, easiest, cleaniest fluid change ever..
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cheap supertech.. dont overthink this one dex III.. if it makes you paranoid then change it yearly to keep it a nice bright red.. its the cheapest, easiest, cleaniest fluid change ever..
so no dex iii @ local dealer..

should i top off with toyota Dex IV?
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so no dex iii @ local dealer..

should i top off with toyota Dex IV?
Just go to any parts store, or Walmart, and get Dex III. No reason to get Toyota brand fluid for something like this.
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2016 Trail 4runner

noticed that my power steering fluid, is at minimum cold level.

cant be the only one with this question.

ive read other posts, but looking for current recommendations, or what others are using.

what are you using for power steering fluid?

owners manual says dex III, but local dealer, only have dex IV.

what are you using?

what is working for others?

thanks.
The dealer is wrong. Just get some dex-iii atf and top it off.
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so no dex iii @ local dealer..

should i top off with toyota Dex IV?
the power steering system doesnt work as hard as the transmission does.. DEX III will suffice..
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the power steering system doesnt work as hard as the transmission does.. DEX III will suffice..
1000+ psi???
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Dex IV is just an upgrade over Dex III. Either will work well. Buy where you find the best price.
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cheap supertech.. dont overthink this one dex III.. if it makes you paranoid then change it yearly to keep it a nice bright red.. its the cheapest, easiest, cleaniest fluid change ever..
Yup thats what I use in my rig. Bought a gallon of the SuperTech DEXIII fluid. Killed half a gallon using a gas syringe taking all the old fluid out and putting in new fluid and turning the steering wheel several times. Just kept continuing the same cycle over and over for about 20 times. Took about an hour or less.

I’ll kill the rest of the gallon after 50K miles.

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Okay...i was asking about dex IV bc i have plenty of it leftover from a camry atf drain and fill.

Btw thanks for all the replies..always good to get a few different data points on what others are using

Any harm with using toyota dex IV?
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Okay...i was asking about dex IV bc i have plenty of it leftover from a camry atf drain and fill.

Btw thanks for all the replies..always good to get a few different data points on what others are using

Any harm with using toyota dex IV?
Either use dex-iii or T- IV. If you already have dex-iii then drain and fill with T-iv My personal preference is not to mix different grades of oil. Don't want to open up the pendora's box of mixing different grades of fluid.
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Right..meant to write T-IV

Thanks for the reply.

Im just topping off bc im at the low mark.

Ill change out the PS fluid later this spring
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