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If you put power steering fluid in transmission, will it hurt it?

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if you put power steering fluid in transmission, will it hurt it?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 years ago.
Hello! Welcome to justanswer!

What kind of PS fluid did you add?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
from oreallys,
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 years ago.
What was it called, PS fluid?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
yes
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 years ago.
Ok, thats oil and will wreck the trans. Have it flushed out at any lube place or shop. Limit your driving to the closest place to you and drive there slow. Or have it towed. Either way the trans has to be flushed right away.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
the check engine light came on?
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 years ago.
How much PS fluid did you add?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
about a cup maybe a little more
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 years ago.
Did the light come on before or after the fluid?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
after the fluid was put in
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 years ago.
Ok, you need to get that fluid out by flushing the trans right away. Thats the problem, the wrong fluid which you put was oil. ATF is not oil but a detergent. Hopefully just a flush fixes it.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
how much does flushing the trans cost? approx
Expert:  Anthony replied 5 years ago.
Hi!

About $175 to do it right.