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Recommended BMW Power Steering Fluid Type

What is the recommended BMW power steering type?

  • 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. 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 by looking it up on your owners manual. 

What power steering fluid to use on a BMW if CHF-11S is not available? 

If CHF-11S is not available, it is better to use Dexron III automatic transmission fluid (ATF) when the owners 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?

CHF-11S is preferred over ATF fluid. 

ATF fluid can be used on BMW that has 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 fluid type is that over time ATF fluid in BMW power steering system can make seals brittle which will eventually develop leaks. 

In BMW vehicles that have hydraulic brake boosters and rear self-leveling system shares the reservoir with the power steering system.

What color is the BMW power steering fluid? 

To verify which fluid type is used in your BMW, remove the power steering cap. 

  • 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 Notes 

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

Pentosin CHF-11S BMW Compatability

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 owners 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

By YOUCANIC on Jul 5, 2019

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