Automatic transmission fluids have specific viscosities, friction coefficients, and additives. ATFs are engineered to work with the design of specific automatic transmissions. They are not all the same.
What type of automatic 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.
Are automatic transmission fluids interchangeable?
Yes. Synthetic ATF and conventional fluids are 100 percent compatible with each other. Is MaxLife ATF compatible with other brands of automatic transmission fluid? MaxLife ATF is a multi-vehicle transmission fluid that is compatible with many brands and manufacturer recommendations.
What happens if you use the wrong automatic transmission fluid?
Automatic transmissions must only use the fluid specified by the automaker, such as General Motors’ Dexron series or Toyota’s Type T. 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.
What does ATF 4 mean?
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.
What transmission fluid is compatible with Type F?
Mobil Type F ATF is recommended by ExxonMobil for use in applications requiring Type F fluid as follows: Automatic transmissions in certain older Toyota, Mazda, Volvo, and other imported vehicles that require an ESW-M2C33-F fluid. In addition, this type of ATF is specified for some Ford power steering systems.
How many quarts of transmission fluid do I need?
In general, transmissions take about 9 to 13 quarts to fill completely. The amount of transmission you add will vary, depending on whether you are draining or replacing it all or you are just topping it up. Again, you should avoid adding too much. It is advisable to put in little amounts at a time.
How do I know if I need transmission fluid?
The 5 signs include: 1) strange noises or even grinding coming from the transmission, 2) you experience problems shifting gears, 3) you experience some slippage when shifting gears, 4) unexplained surging of you vehicle, and 5) delay in movement after placing the vehicle in gear.
Can I use any transmission fluid?
Each car has its own recommendations from the manufacturer on which transmission fluid your car needs. Some transmission fluids are very incompatible with different transmission types as they use different additives in the fluids.