What transmission fluid does my car take?

The easiest way to make sure you’re using the right type of ATF is to check the owner’s manual. It’ll tell you exactly which ATF the manufacturer recommended for your car. You may also find a recommendation on the dipstick. Either is a reasonable resource for determining the right type of fluid for your transmission.

Does it matter what kind of transmission fluid I put in my car?

Some transmission fluids are very incompatible with different transmission types as they use different additives in the fluids. Your car transmission needs the correct fluid, as specified by your car manufacturer, to run correctly and to the fullest length of life.

Is automatic transmission fluid universal?

Ultra1Plus™ Transmission Fluid Full Synthetic ATF Universal is a universal automatic transmission lubricant which is suitable for use in nearly all makes and models of automatic transmissions including passenger cars, light trucks, heavy-duty trucks, commercial vehicles, as well as off-road vehicles.

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Do all cars take the same transmission fluid?

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.

Can I use ATF instead of 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.

Is ATF and CVT fluid the same?

The CVT transmission uses fluids that are designed with friction modifiers which provide sufficient friction to ensure chain or belt grip while providing protection and performance enhancement. So the difference between ATF and CVTF fluids is fundamentally in the way their respective gearboxes work.

What happens if I use the wrong transmission fluid?

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.

Is ATF 4 the same as Dexron 3?

ATF+4 has specific additives designed for specific Chrysler transmissions. The additives and the make up of the fluid keeps the transmission working properly. If you put the wrong fluid in at best it won’t shift right, at worst it will ruin the transmission. Dexron is the same thing only for Chevy vehicles.

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Can I use ATF 4 instead of ATF 3?

ATF+4 is backward compatible with ATF+3 so you can use it with no issues. The factory recommendation for your 1996 van is to have the fluid serviced every 30,000 miles; 100,000 is way-WAY too long.

Is mercon the same as Type F?

Mercon is a suitable replacement for Type H and Type CJ fluid, but not for Type F.

What color is CVT fluid?

CVT Fluid comes in red, Color does not indicate quality or product applications. Note: Please consult your vehicle owners’ manual for proper transmission luid requirements. CVT Fluid is a functional part of the Continuously Variable Transmission.

Can you add new transmission fluid to old fluid?

You should not mix the old transmission fluid with a new one. The main reason is it won’t offer you the ideal viscosity. At the same time, the mixing will reduce the performance of the transmission system. So it will cause overall engine performance.

What is CVT fluid?

Phillips 66® CVT Fluid is a premium-quality, full-synthetic transmission fluid specifically designed for use in passenger cars with belt-driven continuously variable transmissions. It has been specifically engineered to have the unique frictional properties required for use in this type transmission.

Can I use Dexron 2 instead of ATF 4?

ATF IV and Dexron II are different enough I’d suggest against using it, however all Dexron fluids are backwards compatible, so you could use Dexron III or Dexron VI.

Is ATF OK for power steering?

Yes, you can. You can use ATF or automatic transmission fluid in your power steering pump as a substitute for power steering fluid when you’re in a bind. Both your ATF and power steering fluid are hydraulic fluids and your power steering system is a hydraulic system like your transmission system.

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Can I use Dexron VI instead of ATF 4?

ATF +3 and 4 are compatible. +4 is meant to not break down as quickly as +3 mainly. Dex 3 and 6 are also compatible for similar reasons.