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Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid #4524279
09/23/17 07:30 PM
09/23/17 07:30 PM
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Manitoba, Canada
Randy_270 Offline OP
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Manitoba, Canada
Gonna do a fluid change on my truck. Truck is a 2012 Ford F250. Ford recommends Mercon LV for the transmission, Motorcraft transfer case fluid, and 75W140 for the rear axle and 80w90 for the front but I'll probably use 75w90. Here is my dilemma, I live in Canada and its already getting to freezing temperatures at night and only a couple degrees above during the day and we're still in September! So I want synthetic for everything, the best performance and protection for cold weather, and for towing in the summer time. Do I really need special transfer case fluid? It an NV 271 transfer case. What fluids do you guys recommend??

Last edited by Randy_270; 09/23/17 07:30 PM.

2012 Ford F250 XLT, 6.2, 4X4 - M1 AFE 0W20, MC FL820S
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD - M1 AFE 0W20, Fram Ultra
Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524326
09/23/17 08:42 PM
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For the transmission, Maxlife or any other LV multi ATF. Many of them are licensed Mercon LV, formally approved by Ford.

Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524329
09/23/17 08:46 PM
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Michigan
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Michigan
Personally, I'd use a licensed Mercon LV trans fluid (I'd probably just buy the Motorcraft), Motorcraft XL-12 transfer case fluid, and whatever synthetic diff fluid I could find locally (probably M1).

I would absolutely avoid any "suitable for" multi-vehicle ATF and transfer case fluids that didn't have explicit licensing.

Ford is quite explicit with their assertion that Mercon V and LV are not suitable for use in a transfer case. Could an older Mercon product be suitable? Maybe Dexron III? It's your transfer case if you'd like to find out. If it were mine, I'd stick with what Ford says is ok.

Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524361
09/23/17 09:41 PM
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Alberta
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Alberta
I run Amsoil in everything but my T-case for my Silverado. SVG 7590 front SVG 75110 in rear and Torque Drive in the trans.


2007 Silverado Classic 5.3L PPPP 10w30 455,000kms
Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524369
09/23/17 09:51 PM
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Manitoba, Canada
Randy_270 Offline OP
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Manitoba, Canada
Thanks guys. I was thinking of drinking the Amsoil kool aid but didnt know if it was actually worth the premium price over oem/others.


2012 Ford F250 XLT, 6.2, 4X4 - M1 AFE 0W20, MC FL820S
2011 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD - M1 AFE 0W20, Fram Ultra
Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524380
09/23/17 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted By: Randy_270
Thanks guys. I was thinking of drinking the Amsoil kool aid but didnt know if it was actually worth the premium price over oem/others.
It definitely is and is arguably the best gear oil in the market today. It is easily a 100K+ oil even with towing. I recommend you run 75W-110 in the front axle. It is the viscosity the upper range of 75W-90 used to be before they updated the J306 tables. If you get a preferred Amsoil account (hit Pablo up here about it), the cost is comparable with other premium synthetics.


2018 MB AMG GLC43 3.0L Coupe - Castrol 0W-40/Purflux
2018 MB C300 2.0L - M1 0W-40/OEM
2015 F-250 6.7L PS Diesel - Delo 15W-40/CQ Blue
2014 Explorer 3.5L Limited - M1 AFE 0W-20/FU
Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524388
09/23/17 10:10 PM
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VA
Gebo Offline
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Originally Posted By: Randy_270
Thanks guys. I was thinking of drinking the Amsoil kool aid but didnt know if it was actually worth the premium price over oem/others.


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Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524547
09/24/17 06:58 AM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline
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Amsoil.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: MrHorspwer] #4524562
09/24/17 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted By: MrHorspwer
Personally, I'd use a licensed Mercon LV trans fluid (I'd probably just buy the Motorcraft), Motorcraft XL-12 transfer case fluid, and whatever synthetic diff fluid I could find locally (probably M1).

I would absolutely avoid any "suitable for" multi-vehicle ATF and transfer case fluids that didn't have explicit licensing.

Ford is quite explicit with their assertion that Mercon V and LV are not suitable for use in a transfer case. Could an older Mercon product be suitable? Maybe Dexron III? It's your transfer case if you'd like to find out. If it were mine, I'd stick with what Ford says is ok.


+1. Ford fluid for at and transfer case, amsoil svg for the two diffs.

Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524589
09/24/17 08:14 AM
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NY
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I'd use the Ford recommended fluids for the trans and transfer case and Mobil 1 gear oil for the differentials, which is what I use. I have heard good things about the Amsoil gear oils as well.


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Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524737
09/24/17 11:05 AM
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Flaherty, KY
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For stuff like this that doesn't have to be changed very often, I use Amsoil. I especially like their 75w-110 Severe Gear. I think that would be ideal for at least the rear diff in your application, due to ambient temps in Canada, unless you work it extremely hard.


1985 F-250HD 7.5L 4x4 135k- Maxlife 15w-40 HDEO
04 Odyssey EX 182k PUP 0w-40
96 Maxima GLE 250k QS Defy 5w-30
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Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524742
09/24/17 11:11 AM
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Upper midwest
Mainia Offline
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Upper midwest
Amsoil is a great oil but for the same money I myself go Redline, I love group 5 oils!!!

Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4524869
09/24/17 01:33 PM
09/24/17 01:33 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Amsoil is premiere! Especially their gear oil and transfer case GL-4 oil. Pablo (Amsoil Rep) on these forums is a pleasure to deal with and very knowledgeable. I'm starting to look at Schaeffer's Oil right now. But, I really like Amsoil in my rig.



Respectfully,

Pajero


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Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4525043
09/24/17 05:17 PM
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Alberta
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Alberta
In my area Amsoil gear oils are the cheaper priced stuff. Makes it an absolute no brainer for me grin


2007 Silverado Classic 5.3L PPPP 10w30 455,000kms
Re: Help me pick atf, transfer case, and diff fluid [Re: Randy_270] #4525172
09/24/17 08:07 PM
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socal
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socal
I would use maxlife ATF for the trans, mercon TC fluid, and whatever 75w140 and 75w90 syn u like best (I like Delo for $6 / qt)


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