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What are the top of line LV trans fluids? #5375590 03/13/20 03:51 PM
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The wife just got a 2014 Ford Fusion. I am planning on changing the fluid myself ( filter is internal so no messing with that)

Is the Motorcraft LV good stuff or are there better choices for a little more money?

What do or would you use?


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Re: What are the top of line LV trans fluids? [Re: ZZman] #5375594 03/13/20 03:57 PM
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There is nothing wrong with Motorcraft, but there are other licensed fluids at a better price smile

For example, Castrol Full Synthetic ATF often goes on sale for $5/qt or so at the parts stores. It is officially-licensed Mercon LV

Many house brand syn LV ATF's are also officially approved by Ford and available at a great price

During the warranty period, use something that is licensed Mercon LV. I would use the cheapest licensed Mercon LV.

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Valvoline maxlife and castrol are the 2 primary LV fluids I have used in Fords, and many others, and work well.


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I would use what the owner's manual called for. Nothing else.

How are you gonna change it?


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Re: What are the top of line LV trans fluids? [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5375681 03/13/20 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by ZZman
The wife just got a 2014 Ford Fusion. I am planning on changing the fluid myself ( filter is internal so no messing with that)

Is the Motorcraft LV good stuff or are there better choices for a little more money?

I think any claims of "better" are hard to prove. More below....

Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
For example, Castrol Full Synthetic ATF often goes on sale for $5/qt or so at the parts stores. It is officially-licensed Mercon LV.
I've never seen Castrol's full synthetic ATF for $5. Their Import Multi-Vehicle goes down to $5 though.

Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
Many house brand syn LV ATF's are also officially approved by Ford and available at a great price

During the warranty period, use something that is licensed Mercon LV. I would use the cheapest licensed Mercon LV.
The Castrol full synthetic is one that's licensed by Ford for LV applications. Supertech has an LV fluid that is as well. Warren's MAG1 is also, Federated's LV ATF is too.

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Originally Posted by hallstevenson
I've never seen Castrol's full synthetic ATF for $5. Their Import Multi-Vehicle goes down to $5 though.
The Castrol full synthetic is one that's licensed by Ford for LV applications. Supertech has an LV fluid that is as well. Warren's MAG1 is also, Federated's LV ATF is too.


I've seen the sale as "Any Castrol ATF 2 for $10" at both AAP and Autozone, and they did include All Castrol ATF's, including the Full Synthetic, and even the CVT fluid

Re: What are the top of line LV trans fluids? [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5375767 03/13/20 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
I've seen the sale as "Any Castrol ATF 2 for $10" at both AAP and Autozone, and they did include All Castrol ATF's, including the Full Synthetic, and even the CVT fluid

I presumed you meant Autozone and AAP's sales and those were what I was thinking of as well. For a year or longer, it's been more like "2 for $14". The IMV even seems to be "2 for $12" anymore.

Re: What are the top of line LV trans fluids? [Re: Gebo] #5375770 03/13/20 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Gebo
I would use what the owner's manual called for. Nothing else.

How are you gonna change it?


Probably just do a drain and fill. Car only has 28,000 miles on it.


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Re: What are the top of line LV trans fluids? [Re: ZZman] #5375799 03/13/20 08:17 PM
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Does it have a dipstick?


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Re: What are the top of line LV trans fluids? [Re: ZZman] #5375802 03/13/20 08:19 PM
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I am using M1 LV ATF in my 2017 Fusion and it shifts smoother than MC LV or Valvoline Maxlife LV. I ordered mine from O'Reileys.


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Originally Posted by Gebo
Does it have a dipstick?


No. You add fluid in the top but It uses a weep hole in the side for proper level.


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Originally Posted by ZZman
Originally Posted by Gebo
Does it have a dipstick?


No. You add fluid in the top but It uses a weep hole in the side for proper level.

Check the level now (for reference). If it's good, just do the standard measure-what-comes-up and replace-with-the-same-amount. Don't worry about the whole thing about hot ATF expands and thinking you have to let it cool down to measure it. Trust me, I've done it (3) times and from 'hot' to 80º F, the amount doesn't change (based on my Sharpie mark on the side of the mark).

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I have had great results using MaxLife in any application which is claims to be compatible. Which to date is only three applications. Toyota, Mercon LV and Dex VI.


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Re: What are the top of line LV trans fluids? [Re: hallstevenson] #5375870 03/13/20 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by hallstevenson
Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
I've seen the sale as "Any Castrol ATF 2 for $10" at both AAP and Autozone, and they did include All Castrol ATF's, including the Full Synthetic, and even the CVT fluid

I presumed you meant Autozone and AAP's sales and those were what I was thinking of as well. For a year or longer, it's been more like "2 for $14". The IMV even seems to be "2 for $12" anymore.


I'll admit I haven't been paying attention closely in awhile, but if that's true, that sucks cry

Re: What are the top of line LV trans fluids? [Re: tig1] #5375873 03/13/20 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by tig1
I am using M1 LV ATF in my 2017 Fusion and it shifts smoother than MC LV or Valvoline Maxlife LV. I ordered mine from O'Reileys.

M1, go figure.

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