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Hello All.

So I finally decided to pony up and pay to get the switch for my backup lights (56 bucks for a stupid switch...). However, to change the thing out I have to drain the entire transmission because the switch is almost at the bottom of the tranny housing.

Does anyone have any suggestions for the brand of ATF to put back in the thing? (Side Note: It just seems strange to have to put ATF in a manual transmission....)

Thanks in Advance!!

~Bug
 

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the book says atf with mercon 3
theres a guy on here or on the protege board that works at a transmision shop. he said they use a mixture of gear oil and something else. ill see if i can find out.
i use atf mercon 3 with lucas trans additive.
 

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Hey again all.

Thanks for the quick responses back.

I was planning on using the Dexron/Mercon type ATF, but I was also wondering if anyone can suggest any brand names to use.

And will any of the ATF additives (like lucas) help in a manual tranny?

Thanks again!

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Hey Everyone.

so I decided to actually look at all the manuals I bought for the 'scort and have a new problem.

I have the factory shop manual for the '97 escort, and it says to fill the transmission with 75w90 gear oil. However, my owners manual and haynes manual say to use the ATF.

I guess Im going to have to go ask the dealer, simply because now I have two different publications from Ford telling me two different things.

Any thoughts?

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Here's a thought.. the owner's manual is probably reccomending ATF because the ATF can be used in both ATs and MTs safely. If it put confusing data like "75w90 gear oil for a manual transmission and ATF 2 or 3 transmission fluid for an automatic transmission" the chances of the owner pouring 75w90 gear oil into their AT is increased dramatically.

I'd go with a synthetic gear oil myself.. it is, after all, a manual tranny with gears.
 

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That is definitely a good thought Beaverboy. I had never looked at it that way. It would make sense to consider the idiot factor that Ford has to keep in mind for their owners manuals. I am definitely more inclined to use the gear oil if the factory manual recommends it.

Thanks for the input!!

~Bug
 
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