Had a bit of a leaky problem with my power steering recently - waiting on it getting fixed in a few days, but in the mean-time am just going to have to keep filling up the power steering fluid each time I drive.
I've bought some general "Carlube" power steering fluid, but it says on the back:
"suitable for use in all vehicles*, where the specification for the power steering fluid demands one of the following specification."
GM Dexron III
GM Dexron II Type 'D' and 'E'
Ford Mercon WSPM2C185A
Note: Curiously, the wee star doesn't seem to correspond to any particular piece of information!
I checked the specification in my ford manual and it says WSS-M2C 204-A2 is the recommended fluid.
Just wondering how stringent you have to be with this and whether the CarLube stuff I have just now will be fine?
When the PAS started whining today my uncle put some fluid in it from a random bottle in his garage, just to get me home. Will that be okay?
Edit: Getting a bit panicky now as the fluid my uncle used was red, and everywhere I look online seems to say that WSS-M2C 204-A2 is green (we couldn't tell at the time because it was so low)... and everywhere also seems to say that mixing them is a BAD idea! Some places also say the colour of the cap is a good indication - black for red, green for green, and it is a black cap. So not entirely sure if the manual is even correct - especially as it's a general manual which seems to cover all sorts of different focuses with different engines, etc...
How screwed am I?
P.S. it's a 2005 Ford Focus 1.6 Ghia (100ps).