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tranny oil, what to use?

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.8L DOHC' started by GTScort, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. GTScort

    GTScort New Member

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    I'm doing my swap this weekend and I'm gonna chance my tranny fluid.

    Whatever it is, gear oil, or whatever its going to be Amsoil. What do our trannys call for?

    thanks 8)
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    ATF. Sounds funny, but true.
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    marclar Administrator Staff Member

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    um.. if its an ATX use ATF.
    if its a 91-96 MTX use ATF.
    trust me the manuals DONT USE OIL they use ATF.[/u]
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    Hmm what does ATF stand for again? I know the Ford manuals says to use ATF in the manuals but you will see a total difference with gear oils.

    In the Protege manuals it said to use gear oil 75-90w or something around there. I heard Red Line gear oils are the best to use. You can feel the difference with gear oil.. Smmoothh

    I recommend Red Line MTL 70W/80W. Works greeat!
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    i taught it was gear oil.....atf stands for automatic transmission fluid...i use redline 70-80w..its much better
  6. marclar

    marclar Administrator Staff Member

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    definately auto tranny fluid.. just dont put gear oil in the tranny.
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    yeah call ford up... they will say atf and they know their tranny... i heard something about gear oil not chemically getting along with the bronze blocking rings in the syncros, but im no chemist :) also our trannys are slightly different as much as they are the same... use ford stuff in ford mazda stuff in mazda (yes its a ford tranny... my cousin rebuilt 2 differentials and he ordered ford parts one time then the same mazda parts the second time... and they are shaped slightly different and stuff... all of that to say as much as its a mazda tranny its a ford tranny.

    if you didnt wanna read all of that or couldnt understand it... USE ATF!
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    Heck, just try gasoline. Helps in combustion; what harm could it do here?

    Different trannies use different things. My truck uses 75W90 gear oil but my Escort POS uses ATF. Gear oil may sound universally more appealing for any tranny, but it simply isn't true.

    Please use what the designer intended. The designers of our cars know far more about them than we pinheads do, no matter how smart we think we are. There are bona fide reasons (in this case metallurigcal) for the specs in the manuals, even if we don't understand them.
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    LISTEN TO ME

    OK PEPS THIS IS WHAT YOU USE ATF FLUID.
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    hmm its funny because my tranny is from a protege and when I pulled it had gear oil in it. Call Mazda see what they tell ya..
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    ATF is thinner than gear oil, it absorbs heat faster, and dissipates it faster, not to mention, it doesnt foam like gear oil does. I made the mistake of putting gear oil in a truck tranny that called for ATF and the oil expanded so much from the heat buildup in the tranny that it locked itself in a gear and wouldnt come out till it cooled down... make a long story short ATF, prefferably synthetic.
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    hmm funny indeed... :) basically replace it with what was in it... if its redish/ brownish/ blackish (combine :) ) then its ATF and if its thick and smells like crap its gear oil.

    yes the protege is a mazda. and mazda specifies gear oil for their trannys... you would probably have to talk to someone way up the food chain at either of the 2 manufacturers to find out why they call for 2 different fluids but they do and my only suggestion is you obey what your specific manufacturer suggests ford or mazda (the gts being ford)
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    ROYAL PURPLE

    look peeps I use royal purple MAX ATF and it works great, use gear oil if you want, and you will see, ROYAL PURPLE MAX ATF is the best. go do your home work.
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    i ran Castrol Dexron III in my trannies when i was n/a but once i bumped up to boost i run 75 weight gear oil. no issues. its just fine.

    NEUMAN
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    You could also try the Synromesh stuff as listed in another post :)
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    To heck with it, just use water and sawdust. I promise it will be noise free and perfect for at least 20-30 seconds.....
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    Would having the wrong fluid make it seem as though the clutch went out when that fuild got hot?

    This is my assumption from what I've read so far.
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    yeah i mentioned syncromesh before... its worth a try... i personally will probably stick with royal purple atf...simply because even being royal purple synthetic atf it is like half the price per quart of syncromesh :)
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    I use mobil 1 synthetic atf. No probs at all.

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