BMW Power Steering Fluid Type | ATF | CHF 11S |

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What is the recommended power steering type for my BMW? Check the list of the recommended BMW power steering fluids shown below.

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  • 1990+ and newer BMWs use Pentosin CHF-11S, which is readily available online. To do a complete power steering flush, you will need up to 2.5 quarts. The full list of BMW vehicles that use CHF-11S can be found below.
  • 1990 and older BMWs use Pentosin CHF 7.1

Don’t use off-the-shelf power steering fluid on BMW vehicles. Always verify the recommended BMW power steering fluid. See the owner’s manual.

What power steering fluid will be used on a BMW if CHF-11S is unavailable?

If CHF-11S is unavailable, it is better to use Dexron III automatic transmission fluid (ATF) if the owner’s manual recommends ATF to be used or if “ATF Fluid Only” words are printed on top of the power steering cap.

Should I use CHF-11S or ATF on the BMW power steering system?

BMW power steering fluid atf

CHF-11S is preferred over ATF fluid.

ATF fluid can be used on BMW with the word “ATF Fluid” on the cap of the power steering fluid. One downside of using ATF fluid as a substitute for the recommended BMW power steering type is that over time, ATF fluid in the BMW power steering system can make seals brittle, eventually developing leaks.

BMW vehicles with hydraulic brake boosters and rear self-leveling systems share the reservoir with the power steering system.

BMW Power Steering Fluid Color

Remove the power steering cap to verify which fluid type is used in your BMW.

  • If the color of the power steering fluid is RED, ATF fluid is present.
  • If the color of the power steering fluid is GREEN, CHF-11S is present.

It is not recommended to mix power steering fluids.

Pentosin CHF-11S Uses

  • MINI – uses it as P/S Fluid only
  • BMW – uses it as P/S Fluid and Hydraulic System Fluid

Compatibility

Model Year Model SubModel BodyType
MINI Compatibility
2002 – 2012 Cooper
2011 – 2012 Cooper Countryman
BMW Compatibility
2011 1 Series M
2008 – 2012 128i
2008 – 2012 135i
1992 318i Sedan
1993 – 1998 318i
1992 – 1997 318is
1995 – 1999 318ti
2000 323Ci
1998 – 2000 323i
1998 – 1999 323is
2001 – 2006 325Ci
1992 – 1993 325i Sedan
1994 – 1995 325i
2001 – 2006 325i
1992 – 1995 325is
2001 – 2006 325xi
2000 328Ci
1996 – 2000 328i
2007 – 2012 328i
2009 – 2012 328i xDrive
1996 – 1999 328is
2007 – 2008 328xi
2001 – 2006 330Ci
2001 – 2006 330i
2001 – 2006 330xi
2009 – 2011 335d
2007 – 2012 335i
2009 – 2012 335i xDrive
2011 – 2012 335is
2007 – 2008 335xi
1989 – 1995 525i
2001 – 2007 525i
2006 – 2007 525xi
1997 – 2000 528i
2008 – 2012 528i
2009 – 2010 528i xDrive
2012 528i xDrive
2008 528xi
1994 – 1995 530i
2001 – 2007 530i
2006 – 2007 530xi
1989 – 1993 535i
2008 – 2012 535i
2010 – 2012 535i GT
2011 – 2012 535i GT xDrive
2009 – 2012 535i xDrive
2008 535xi
1994 – 1995 540i
1997 – 2003 540i
2004 – 2005 545i
2006 – 2012 550i
2010 – 2012 550i GT
2010 – 2012 550i GT xDrive
2011 – 2012 550i xDrive
2012 640i
2004 – 2005 645Ci
2006 – 2010 650i
2012 650i
2012 650i xDrive
1988 – 1992 735i
1988 – 1992 735iL
1993 – 1995 740i
1997 – 2001 740i
2011 – 2012 740i
1993 – 2001 740iL
2011 – 2012 740Li
2002 – 2005 745i
2002 – 2005 745Li
2006 – 2012 750i
2010 – 2012 750i xDrive
1988 – 2001 750iL
2006 – 2012 750Li
2010 – 2012 750Li xDrive
2004 – 2006 760i
2003 – 2008 760Li
2010 – 2012 760Li
1994 – 1997 840Ci
1993 – 1997 850Ci
1995 850CSi
1991 – 1992 850i
2007 – 2008 Alpina B7
1995 – 1999 M3
2001 – 2006 M3
2008 – 2012 M3
1991 – 1993 M5
2000 – 2003 M5
2006 – 2010 M5
2006 – 2010 M6
2004 – 2012 X3
2000 – 2012 X5
2008 – 2012 X6
1996 – 2002 Z3
2003 – 2012 Z4
2000 – 2002 Z8
2003 Z8 Alpina

Part Numbers

  • 1987 to 9/1991 production – All BMW Models
    • Pentosin CHF 7.1
    • Part Number: 81 22 1 468 879
  • 1990 on  – All Models – Check owner manual
    • Pentosin CHF 11S
    • 82 11 1 468 041

Febi Bilstein makes CHF-11S fluid as well. Common part numbers for Febi are:  83290429576 / 83 29 0 429 576 Febi Bilstein / 83-29-0-429-576

We hope you find the BMW Power Steering Fluid Type guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your BMW.

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