Just got my 2004 Bayliner 175 out of storage and checking her out for the season. Noticed the power trim fluid looked low. The container is about 1/2 full and is located just behind the battery, to the left of center when you look towards the rear of the boat.
I've seen other posts which say they use ATF fluid, but when I checked the fluid, it looked more like motor oil, not red in color like ATF fluid.
Any recommendations on what I should use? Appreciate any and all help.
Mercruiser recommends either their power trim and steering fluid or straight 20 motor oil. If I remember correctly, ATF will damage seals in the cylinders. Also...make sure your drive is completely down when you check the fluid or you will overfill the reservoir.
I use 10/30 motor oil in mine. I pump the old oil out once a year and put in fresh oil. I pump it out with the hand pump I use to fill the outdrive. I had to empty the power steering pump this spring to replace a hose and it worked good for that also.