Performing your own servicing on your car can save you money. That might be inclusive of draining and refilling your transmission. Even if all you are doing is just checking the level and filling, it can get economical to do it yourself. However, ensure you get the right kind of automatic transmission fluid. Using the wrong one could spoil your transmission and cost you a lot more at the end.
Th General Motors’ automatic transmission fluids are of the Dexron series. The original that was just known as “Dexron.” Dexron II was made to be an improvement over Dexron and could be used in any transmission that needed Dexron. Dexron III ( Dexron IIE replacement) is made specifically for General Motors’ electronic transmissions. There is this special formulation of Dexron III for Saturn transmissions. Dexron VI can be used in any transmission that needs Dexron II or III.
The Chrysler’s automatic transmission fluid called “Chrysler 7176” is made for its front-wheel drive transmissions. There are a couple variants. The first is 7176D, and it is basically an upgrade and can be substituted for 7176. However, 7176E is made specifically for use in Chrysler’s four-speed automatic transmissions. Vehicles built in 2000 and 2001 use ATF+4. Any newer Chrysler cars need ATF+5.
The F type was the original Ford automatic transmission fluid. Type CJ and Type H are special fluids meant for specific Ford transmissions. They do not interchange with any of the other Ford fluids (or each other). Mercon V is one of the newest Ford automatic transmission fluids as of 2010. It is the right fluid for most modern Ford products. Ford Torqshift transmissions, though, require Mercon SP fluid.
BMW LT7114l and LA2634 are particularly made for specific BMW transmissions. Honda ZL ATF is the way to go for most Honda automatic transmissions. Mitsubishi’s require either SP-II or SP-III. Nissan manufactures a fluid known as “J-Matic” for their car. For Toyota there are several different fluids: T, T-III and T-IV. However, many cars made by Toyota (including Lexus) can use Ford’s Type F automatic transmission fluid, too.
Other Aftermarket Fluids
In addition to the fluids produced and for the automobile manufacturers, there are other synthetic aftermarket alternatives offered. These are made for different cars and the best way to know which one you require is to consult the labels. You should check your warranty, though, too. It’s possible that when using a fluid other than the OEM one could void his warranty.