Tips for Choosing the Type of Automatic Transmission Fluid to Use in Your Car

Transmission fluid is extremely important for the functioning and the well being of your car. It keeps your transmission’s parts properly lubricated and prevents overheating, which is the number one cause of transmission failure. Transmission fluid properties are meant to prevent the fluid from foaming or oxidizing and losing viscosity, as well as helping to protect your transmission from high temperatures, increase the rotational speed, and lengthen the life of the fluid.

In order to get all the benefits of automatic transmission fluid, you need to make sure you use the right kind for your specific car. If you’re not sure what kind of transmission fluid to use, the best course of action is to use whatever your car’s manufacturer recommends for the model you drive. You should be able to find this information in the owner’s manual that your car came with. Can’t find it? Here’s what should be compatible with your car. Note that not all models are listed here, so if you still can’t locate the information you need, get in touch with your manufacturer or mechanic so you don’t wind up using a kind of transmission fluid that may damage your car.

If You Drive a Dodge, Chrysler, or Jeep…
You should be using ATF+4.

If You Drive a Lincoln, Ford, or Mercury…
Opt for Mercon V.

If You Drive a Ford from 2009 or Later, or a Mazda EU/AS…
Fill up on Mercon LV.

If You Drive a GM or a pre-2004 Toyota…
You probably need Dexron VI.

If you Drive a Honda or Acura That Isn’t a CVT Model…
Your car probably takes ATF DW-1.

If You Drive Any Honda, Except CVT…
Shop for some Honda DW (ZF).

If You Drive an Infiniti, Nissan, or Subaru…
You need Matic D, Matic S, or Matic K, respectively.

If You Drive a Toyota or a Lexus from 2004 or Later…
Your manufacturer suggests Toyota ATF-WS.

If You Drive a Kia or a Mitsubishi…
SP-IV is recommended for you.

Can I Use a Different Kind Than What My Manufacturer Recommends?
The short answer to this is no. You absolutely should not use any transmission fluid other than what your car’s manufacturer says you should.

It’s important to realize that each different kind of transmission fluid has different ingredients and additives, so what works for one car may not do anything for another one. The kind of transmission fluid your car’s manufacturer recommends is what will provide the best possible lubrication, anti-rust, anti-corrosion, and anti-wear for your specific model. If you use transmission fluid meant for a different model than what you drive. You could be preventing your car from getting all of the protections it needs to function at its peak. Using the wrong transmission fluid can also damage your transmission, which can put you in need of expensive repairs.

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