What type of transmission fluid is recommended?

Our top pick for the best transmission fluid is the Castrol Transmax Dex/Merc ATF. It works for the majority of domestic cars out there and delivers great results. If you’re looking for something even more wallet-friendly, check out the ACDelco Dexron VI Synthetic ATF.

What type of transmission fluid should I use?

Dexron III/Mercon – This is one of the most common fluids on the market. Most GM and Ford units call for this type of ATF, as well as many imports. If your owners manual recommends any form of Dexron, or any Mercon – other than Mercon V – this is the fluid you want.

Which type of ATF is used on today’s vehicle?

The most notable transmission fluid specifications are the DEXRON and MERCON series. This is what most car manufacturers use today.

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What’s the difference between ATF and ATF 4?

ATF +4 is a synthetic fluid for finely-tuned transmissions, so if you use a non-synthetic ATF instead of ATF +4 in a car or truck that calls for it, you could damage the transmission. You may use ATF +4 in most applications that call for older Dexron and Mercon fluids.

Does it matter the brand of transmission fluid?

Brand doesn’t matter but fluid specifications really do, especially with automatic trans fluids. Put the wrong stuff in and your clutch packs burn out fast.

Can I use dexron 3 instead of ATF 4?

Indeed Dexron III/Mercon compatible is what you want. Not ATF+4. Chrysler has a habit of superceding the fluids specified by the original manufacturer with something that they can get for very cheap.

Can I use ATF 3 instead of ATF 4?

ATF+4 is backward compatible with ATF+3 so you can use it with no issues.

Is power steering fluid the same as transmission fluid?

Power Steering Fluid versus ATF: Is power steering fluid exactly the same as transmission fluid? No, but they’re the same type of fluid. … ATF, however, contains friction modifiers and detergents to clean out the automatic transmission’s dirt and grease away yet damage the hydraulic valves of the steering rack and pump.

Are all CVT transmission fluids the same?

The fluid requirements for CVT transmissions are very different versus a typical stepped gear transmission. Each specific CVT fluid is formulated for a specific transmission; however, oil marketers have been able to demonstrate good performance with a single CVT oil across many different transmission designs.

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Will any transmission fluid work?

Yes, even a manual needs transmission fluid. The type of fluid can vary from car to car, however. Some manuals require conventional engine oil, and others function best with automatic transmission fluid. So make sure you’re putting in the fluid that’s specified for your car.

What happens when you put the wrong transmission fluid in your car?

Using the wrong fluid can cause poor lubrication, overheating, and possibly transmission failure. A mechanic might not be able to reverse the damage, even by flushing the transmission. Mistakenly adding motor oil or brake fluid can also destroy your transmission.

Can I use ATF 4 instead of ATF?

ATF+4 is better in every way – higher temp rating, better viscosity, synthetic for longer life. I have run it in my truck, which took Dexron II, for over 60K miles now, and it never ran better. Chrysler recommends it as the replacement for all automatic transmission fluids from the Torqueflite on up.

What transmission fluid does Chevy use?

The type of transmission fluid used by the chevy silverado is carquest dexron®-vi full synthetic atf.

Can you mix old and new transmission fluid?

This fluid starts to lose its standard properties and should be changed to keep the transmission parts and its performance at its peak. Mixing old and news fluids wont give you the ideal viscosity and the reduces the performance of the transmission system.

Can you mix different brands of CVT fluid?

No, absolutely not – unless your “automatic” is a CVT, and then you must use CVT fluid. ATF and CVT oils are chemically completely different fluids with different additives, base stocks, viscosities, friction coefficients, etc.

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Is dexron III the same as dexron VI?

General Motors Powertrain has recently upgraded to DEXRON®-VI ATF with the start of 2006 vehicle production. Only 2005 and prior models that currently use DEXRON®-III may use DEXRON®-VI as a replacement. All 2006 and future models that use DEXRON®-VI are to be serviced with DEXRON®-VI fluid only.