Perhaps this message will help someone who was in my situation...
Our 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette Minivan (Premiere) was making a whining
sound from the power steering. After checking the reservoir, it
appeared the fluid was a little low. The manual calls for GM Power
Steering Fluid Part Number 1052884 or 1050017 (pint or quart). Of
course, at 5:00pm on a Saturday night, you're not going to find too
many dealership parts counters open who are willing to sell you this
very "special" power steering flud. So,.. off to Pep Boys for what I
thought would be a quick trip for an equivalent product. Guess again.
Pep Boys and most other Auto parts stores don't carry this "special"
fluid or an equivalent. And to boot, the auto parts stores were
"certain" that you can only use the GM product.
The more I contemplated this, the more I realized it's nonsense.
After a little homework, I found the MSDS sheets on the Valvoline site
for their Valvoline Synpower Power Steering Fluid and it is perfectly
acceptable for this application. This blend is evidently a synthetic
power steering fluid. After looking further, there are other choices
So, if you are in the same boat, probably with many other GM vehicles,
you do have alternatives besides the dealer.
Fill er up !