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#4433798 - 06/16/17 10:21 PM Mercon LV alternatives
SilverFusion2010 Offline


Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1654
Loc: Crawfordville FL
I have a Ford Fusion with the 6F35 transmission. Spec transmission fluid is Mercon LV. I ran the factory fill until it was serviced at dealer for shift flare under power train warranty, that was around 60k. Fluid was changed around 120k to the Valvoline MaxLife multi vehicle stuff. I just ordered a case of motorcraft Mercon LV because I'm seeing either shift flare or slow torque converter lockup. It's hard to say if it's a legit shift issue because this transmission is electronically controlled and it "learns" your driving style.

Anyway, I'm going to dump five and replace five, then drive it for a few thousand before dropping and replacing five again.

Any advice on the transmission is welcome. My question is this: does anyone make a true Mercon LV besides motorcraft? The Valvoline MaxLife works, and it seemed to shift smoother after that fluid change but I don't know if the fluid truly meets the ford Mercon LV spec so it's got me worried. Are there any other lube manufacturers besides Valvoline that make a Mercon LV fluid?
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#4433801 - 06/16/17 10:24 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
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Why not just use the Motorcraft fluid? Seems fairly inexpensive.
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#4433832 - 06/16/17 11:13 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
Nyogtha Offline


Registered: 10/13/14
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
There are multiple licensed Mercon LV fluids on the market now.

I just did a pan drop & filter change on my wife's 2011 Mustang with 6R80. Least expensive licensed fluid I could find was Kendall Versatrans LV for under $5 / qt. delivered to my door if I ordered a 12 qt. case, which is what I did. Car is driving great. That may be more fluid than you want to buy at one shot, but it coild be used for multiple drain & fills.

https://kendallmotoroil.com/product/versatrans-lv-atf

http://www.kendallmotoroils.com/versatrans-lv/

Pep Boys carries Pennzoil Platinum MVLV licensed fluid.

https://m.pepboys.com/product/details/1162211/00741

http://www.searchautoparts.com/motorage/...s-and-axle-oils

There's Syngard LV from Martin Lubricants

http://syngardoil.com/allproducts/syngar...smission-fluid/

Jump on Amazon and you'll find others like Mag 1 and so on.

All the Ford licensed Mercon LV fluids I found other than Motorcraft are also licensed by GM for Dexron VI (dual licensed).

Valvoline Maxlife LV is not a Ford licensed Mercon LV fluid but says if you have problems with it to contact them. See the PI Sheet via this page.

https://www.valvoline.com/our-products/automatic-transmission-products/maxlife-multi-vehicle-atf


Edited by Nyogtha (06/16/17 11:20 PM)
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#4433842 - 06/16/17 11:24 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
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Is the dexron xi also a low viscosity fluid? I already have 12qt of the motorcraft Mercon LV on the way so that's what I'm going to use in the short term

I'm kind of wary of the multi spec fluids. If it's licensed it should be ok I guess. With ford and GM collaborating on the 9 and 10 speed transmissions I guess it makes sense that the fluids are compatible.


Edited by SilverFusion2010 (06/16/17 11:30 PM)
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#4433845 - 06/16/17 11:33 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
Nyogtha Offline


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Loc: San Antonio, TX
Think you mean Dexron VI. Yes, it is also a LV fluid, which Maxlife LV also isn't licensed for but says it's suitable for. There are more licensed aftermarket brands for just Dex VI out there than there are for Mercon LV, as there are numerous single-licensed Dex VI brands (Super Tech, Mobil, of course AC Delco, etc.)

I did find a licensed Mazda Mercon LV fluid out there, not surprising with links between Ford & Mazda, but it was no bargain price.

Plus if you look at the shape of the Kendall Versatrans LV bottles vs. Motorcraft Mercon LV bottles the connection between Motorcraft and Phillips 66 can be seen.


Edited by Nyogtha (06/16/17 11:41 PM)
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#4433978 - 06/17/17 07:02 AM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
Ethan1 Offline


Registered: 12/29/14
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IIRC Mercon LV lists at $6.65/qt, so why not use the OEM fluid? It's almost the same price as Maxlife, and there's no way that Maxlife can simultaneously have the characteristics of Mercon V AND Mercon LV. If you use the OEM fluid and you still have shifting concerns, you can be sure that the fluid is not the problem.

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#4434180 - 06/17/17 11:26 AM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
Nyogtha Offline


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Not sure what "list" your referring to.

Motorcraft Mercon LV is $7.49 / qt. @ AAP and is not subject to any discount codes etc.

Motorcraft Mercon LV @ AAP Link

Motorcraft Mercon LV is $7.89 / qt. @ O'Reilly

Motorcraft Mercon LV @ OR Link
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#4434205 - 06/17/17 11:50 AM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
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#4434344 - 06/17/17 02:27 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
SirTanon Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 2137
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
I found that my local Ford dealership actually sells genuine Motorcraft Mercon LV quarts for right around $6 per quart, so that's what I bought for my next ATF change on my 2010 Fusion with the 6F35.

In the past, I've been using Valvoline Maxlife LV for this trans, and it's worked well, but I figure for a extra few bucks, it's worth it to go with the genuine stuff.
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#4434362 - 06/17/17 02:42 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: Nyogtha]
Ethan1 Offline


Registered: 12/29/14
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Loc: 'murica
Originally Posted By: Nyogtha
Not sure what "list" your referring to.


Motorcraft products come from Ford. I'm trying to remember the list price from Ford...

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#4434387 - 06/17/17 03:07 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
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5.73 is the MSRP for a quart of Motorcraft Mercon LV.


Edited by bdcardinal (06/17/17 03:09 PM)
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#4434434 - 06/17/17 04:34 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6135
Loc: USA
Maxlife is good stuff, and it seems to be working fine with no problems smile

You're out-of-warranty, so you don't need a licensed Mercon LV fluid, but if you still want one, they are easy to obtain. Autozone has Castrol Full Synthetic ATF for $7.19/qt. Walmart has their ST synthetic LV ATF at a good price. I think Smitty's Synthetic LV is also licensed. There's also Mag 1 LV ATF

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#4434503 - 06/17/17 06:23 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: SilverFusion2010]
Nyogtha Offline


Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 2319
Loc: San Antonio, TX
The in-store bottles of Supertech LV ATF @ WM in my area no longer display "GM & Ford Approved" and no longer display any license numbers.

I don't believe the Castrol ATF @ $7.19 you mention is a licensed Mercon LV product.

Mag 1 licensed products can be found on Amazon. Don't think Smitty's has a licensed Mercon LV product. Schaeffer's is one of the most expensive at over $200 a case.


Edited by Nyogtha (06/17/17 06:34 PM)
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#4434504 - 06/17/17 06:25 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: Ethan1]
Nyogtha Offline


Registered: 10/13/14
Posts: 2319
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: Ethan1
Originally Posted By: Nyogtha
Not sure what "list" your referring to.


Motorcraft products come from Ford. I'm trying to remember the list price from Ford...


Pretty sure Motorcraft oils & ATF's come from Phillips 66. No Ford refineries in the USA.
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#4434591 - 06/17/17 07:59 PM Re: Mercon LV alternatives [Re: Nyogtha]
Ethan1 Offline


Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 1632
Loc: 'murica
You don't buy Mercon LV from a refinery, bud.

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