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Ford recommmends ATF, but I've been running gear lube in my '88 Pony for years without any problem except stiff shifting in cold weather. I've also heard of people using synthetic motor oil in manual transmissions. I've never tried it so do so at your own risk. Everyone I've heard say they used synthetic oil says it makes them shift smoother.
 

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On My 98 there's a drain plug on the bottom and a fill plug about 3/4 up on the front of the trans. The 97 I had was the same way. I filled it to the top of the fill hole. About 3.5 quarts if I remember right. I could feel the difference right away when I changed to Synth Mob 1 ATF.
 

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EscorGo said:
The original post also asks what viscosity to use. There's no risk in using ATF. it's the recommended fluid. Putting gear oil in a trans designed for lighter fluid will make it work harder than it needs to. The Mazda trans require gear oil.
Original post: "how do I go about changing my manual gear oil on my 97 tracer". Yes, it also asks viscosity.
 

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I think once you get some time on forums you'll find that most responses don't address every question in a post. Hopefully they respond to the parts they are sure they have something to contribute to. However, if you are going to interpret a post in your own way "The original post asks how to change it." you are going to run into someone who will defend their response. There's nothing in my response that is "correcting" you: "The original post also asks what viscosity to use." 'nuff said.
 

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did anyone here over hear of GM Synchromesh? It's a 75/90 oil sold at GM dealerships..it's probably the only thing GM makes that is good..haha...

anyways...i used it my Dodge Stealth and it made every transmission problem go away...no more grinding...no more rough shifting...I was thinking of using it in my tracer...
 

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I'm pretty sure Amsoil makes a synthetic ATF too. I've never used any Amsoil products, but everyone I've ever heard talk about Amsoil speaks of it very highly. Of course if Amsoil does make synthetic ATF it may cost $15. a quart.

As someone else has already stated. When I make contibutions to a thread I try to give useful information and either not make a comment on the parts that I don't know about or make it clear that I'm not sure, but may have an idea. I didn't speak up on how to change the fluid on a third generation manual transmission, because I've never done it or looked into how to do it.
 

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well..anyways, the reason I asked about all this is because my car is shifting fairly rough. It's not grinding or anything...but it's pretty sluggish to row through the gears...you have to put some muscle into it compared to other escorts i've driven...

you think changing the gear oil will alleviate this or do you think it's rusty shift linkage? I don't know..I haven't ever crawled under these cars to take a peak around..not sure how their shift linkage works
 
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