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#2350568 - 08/18/11 07:05 PM Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic
Nightmare Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 117
Loc: KY
Sifting thru the choices for a Ford Mercon V Transmisson fluid change,---- and noticed that yes, Valvoline Mercon V is a full synthetic.

MERCONŽV ATF is a premium, full synthetic automatic transmission fluid engineered to be superior to conventional ATF.
http://www.valvoline.com/products/brands/valvoline/automatic-transmission-fluid/35

Is there really any reason for me to buy say Mobil 1, RP, Redline, etc., for a daily city driver?

BTW, I also noticed the Castrol Mercon V is not fully synthetic. Same price @ my AutoZone.

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#2350569 - 08/18/11 07:07 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
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You might want to check out Valvoline Maxlife as well. That's also synthetic. It is great stuff.
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#2350616 - 08/18/11 07:40 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: qdeezie]
chad8 Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
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I put amsoil in my taurus and couldn't be happier. Found a dealer who couldn't get rid if it. Bought 15 quarts for $50.
I tow a trailer with periodically it and it shifts smoothhhh.
Amsoil meets mercon v.

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#2350708 - 08/18/11 08:58 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
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I don't think Valvoline Mercon V is a-->{True} Full Synthetic... It is a top quality ATF... Valvoline Maxlife I believe was stated at a semi-synthetic... with a very robust additive package...

If you are looking for a so called Full Synthetic ATF? Look into--->M1-Amsoil-Redline

Be careful what is in print...Companies kinda fudge the {Fully Synthetic} Slogan! It all depends on the base stocks... Do some in depth research and you will see...
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#2350965 - 08/19/11 06:58 AM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
chad8 Offline


Registered: 08/26/09
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Syn , I think you are right. Although valvoline states that its mercon v is full synthetic ,several other places in its literature say that it is a blend. Since Motorcraft Mercon v is a blend , they are getting away with it. There might even be 2 versions with the same stock numbers.The below statements are from various valvoline websites
I think I found it.
The blue bottle with lighter blue stripes where it says mercon v written in white seems to be full synthetic. The blue bottle with greenery and mercon v written in yellow is the blend.
Both have the same stock number.
I would steer clear unless you either got a great deal or the bottle stated full synthetic on it.

Valvoline VV360 MERCON V DEXRONIII ATF Pack of Twelve 1 Quart Bottles : Valvoline Mercon V ATF is a premium synthetic blend automatic transmission fluid engineered to provide performance benefits over conventional ATF fluids. Have techical questions, please feel free to call our Tech Service 1-800-TeamVal


Does Valvoline make a synthetic ATF?

Yes. Valvoline makes several synthetic ATF's. MaxLife Dexron/Mercon ATF, Mercon V ATF, ATF +4 and Dexron VI are all synthetic

MERCONŽV ATF is a premium, full synthetic automatic transmission fluid engineered to be superior to conventional ATF.
Sizes and Grades
Name MerconŽ V ATF
Size 5-Gal
Part VV318
UPC 0 74130 0031 0
Name MerconŽ V ATF
Size Quart
Part VV360
UPC 0 74130 00360 6
Name MerconŽ V ATF
Size 55-Gal
Part VV320
UPC 0 74130 0032 0

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#2351491 - 08/19/11 06:21 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
Nightmare Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 117
Loc: KY
Thanks for the suggestions everyone!! I'm just doing a partial change using a suction device, 5-6 qts.. from a 13.4 capacity trans.
Probably will just go with some Valvoline based on price, and it's just a partial. Also Valvoline/Ashland Oil Co., is based here in KY.
Actually I went earlier to O'Reilly's to get some Motorcraft for 70 cents a bottle cheaper than Valvoline or Castrol. None in stock.

What I did see was RP for $13.99 qt., and Amsoil ATF for
$13.49 qt.

Probably do a partial 5 qt in a few months , right before winter. I want to try either one, or a few of each. I have seen Redline @Aamazon for $10.49 qt..LQQKs tempting also...

I forgot to mention I have 58,000 miles on the car. Is it too early to use Max-Life? Or would it even matter? I didn't see on the specs online that it is formulated for Mercon V. Just regular Mercon & Mercon SP & LV


Edited by Nightmare (08/19/11 06:29 PM)

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#3016002 - 05/28/13 05:13 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
sws669 Offline


Registered: 07/22/11
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Loc: hawaii
Quote:
Does Valvoline make a synthetic ATF?

Yes. Valvoline makes several synthetic ATFs. MaxLife Dexron/Mercon ATF, Valvoline ATF for MERCONŽ V* applications, ATF +4 and Dexron VI are all synthetic transmission fluids.


http://www.valvoline.com/faqs/system-fluids/automatic-transmission-fluid/


Edited by sws669 (05/28/13 05:14 PM)

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#3016314 - 05/28/13 09:53 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
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Registered: 08/14/10
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What vehicle I this for?
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#3016603 - 05/29/13 09:39 AM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
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Registered: 08/04/11
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I don't think that Valvoline is actively reccomending MaxLife for Mercon V applications anymore, because the KV100C is too low to qualify for the Mercon V approval. It will still work in a Ford trans calling for Mercon V (I have it in our Mountaineer) but they don't want to have any warranty issue by reccomending it and then have the viscosity drop too low in service.
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#3017737 - 05/30/13 12:41 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
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Don't know if it matters to you but the Valvoline is not a Ford licensed Mercon V....It is "recommended for Mercon V applications"...
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#3019306 - 06/01/13 02:16 AM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
Zako2 Offline


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^

I agree! If you really care for your transmission then put Motorcraft Mercon V into it. You can buy it from Ford dealer, or from O'Reilly parts store on special order (best value, $5 a quart last time I checked). If not possible, look for a fluid that's called "Mercon V" (meaning licensed by Ford) instead of "Recommended for Mercon V"

It's kind of fishy that Valvoline "Mercon V" is not licensed by Ford. Long time ago I heard that there is no licensing fee charged. Likewise, do not use Maxlife for Mercon V application. It's much thinner than most true Mercon V fluids. It probably won't meet Mercon V spec if Valvoline tried to get Mercon V license.


Edited by Zako2 (06/01/13 02:18 AM)

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#3020056 - 06/01/13 08:18 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: 901Memphis]
Nightmare Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 117
Loc: KY
Originally Posted By: 901Memphis
What vehicle I this for?


2005 Taurus

Looks like this thread was bumped from a couple of years ago...

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#3020065 - 06/01/13 08:23 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: chevys10]
Nightmare Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 117
Loc: KY
Originally Posted By: chevys10
Don't know if it matters to you but the Valvoline is not a Ford licensed Mercon V....It is "recommended for Mercon V applications"...


I'm using Redline D4 at the moment, previous 5 1/2 qt drain & fills were Mobil 1 and Amsoil ATF's. this tranny really seems to like a syn atf...

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#3201564 - 11/29/13 08:18 PM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Nightmare]
spk2000 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 275
Loc: Brownsburg, IN
I have a 2001 sable that likes the synthetic BG transmission fluid as well. Very smooth and flawless for 4 years and about 40,000 miles now.
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#3202006 - 11/30/13 10:40 AM Re: Valvoline Mercon V- Full Synthetic [Re: Zako2]
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Loc: Cape Cod, MA
Originally Posted By: chevys10
Don't know if it matters to you but the Valvoline is not a Ford licensed Mercon V....It is "recommended for Mercon V applications"...
This.
Originally Posted By: Zako2
look for a fluid that's called "Mercon V" (meaning licensed by Ford) instead of "Recommended for Mercon V"
...and this.
Quote:
It's kind of fishy that Valvoline "Mercon V" is not licensed by Ford.
At one time, only a few years ago, it WAS licensed. Valvoline used to proudly state that it was "officially licensed and approved by Ford" when it was actually called "Mercon V", not the weasel-y "ATF for Mercon V Applications" that they call it now. At least they do tell you on the web site that it's NOT a licensed product. Small comfort. :rolleyes:
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