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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-01-2015 Thread Starter
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T45 fluid

Figured I'd see what everybody likes to run for ATF in their T45 manual trannies? Going to be re-acquiring my '96 soon and the last time it got the trans fluid replaced was when I had recently purchased it the first time; and no I don't remember when I used!

My first thought it to use Valvoline MaxLife synthetic ATF. Or maybe Mobil 1 since it only takes 3.3 pints. But I seem to remember last time reading some concerns about synthetic?


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I know this is a old subject, so maybe thats why nobody replied. Was hoping for some discussion though.

Initially I was looking at running valvoline MaxLife, as it has a great reputation and is allegedly still Mercon/mercon V compatible. Well, after comparing valvoline's own PDS files for their Maxlife and their own mercon V I find that claim a little tall. valvoline maxlife has a viscosity of 5.91cSt @ 100C while their mercon V fluid is [email protected] That seems like a pretty huge gap, to me. Considering I can get both valvoline maxlife and motorcraft mercon V for the same price, its looking- to me anyways- like the mercon V is the way to go, especially in a manual.

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I run Valvoline atf ( blue bottle ) on my 99 gt pretty cheap on Waltmart , my transmission runs awesome shifts like butter no weird noises , my car is happy and I'm more happy
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I run Valvoline atf ( blue bottle ) on my 99 gt pretty cheap on Waltmart , my transmission runs awesome shifts like butter no weird noises , my car is happy and I'm more happy
The dex/mercon version?
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I use syncromesh in my supercoupe,dont try b and m i tried and my car shifted like a 18 wheeler.Thats my experience anyway.
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Correct this one Valvoline D-1 - Automatic Transmission Fluid | O'Reilly Auto Parts A lot of guys on the svt forums are using it , before that I was using Castrol ATF , but the car runs better with the Valvoline
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