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Mercon or Mercon V?

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by Bshmastr, September 16, 2002.

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  1. Bshmastr

    Bshmastr Active Member

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    My owner's manual says regular Mercon in both tranny and t-case, but Haynes says Mercon V in the tranny and Mercon in the t-case. Right now I have Mobil 1 ATF in the t-case which meets Mercon, but not Mercon V specs. Is that OK?

    Also, can I put Mobil 1 in the tranny since the owners manual says Mercon, or should I stick with Mercon V in the tranny?
     
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  3. JDraper

    JDraper Somewhat Functional Moderator Emeritus

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    Go by the owner's manual. Mercon V is a relatively new fluid that (If I remember correctly) didn't exist when your truck was made. You can use the Mobil 1 if it meets or exceeds the Mercon specs.
     
  4. BradE.

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    Mercon and Mercon V are NOT interchangeable, they are very different fluids. Stick with the required spec.

    Not sure on a 95, but my 97 Explorer requires Mercon. But, then again I have a 1995 Lincoln that takes Mercon V. If the owners manual says regular Mercon, I would go with that.

    Good Luck!
     
  5. Alec

    Alec Elite Moderator Moderator Emeritus

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    I know M 5 is required for 96.5 trannies and up, especially if they have updates.
     
  6. Bshmastr

    Bshmastr Active Member

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    Thanks guys, I'll probably switch the tranny to Mobil 1. But don't manufacturers sometimes change the recommendations for fluids? How do I find out what Ford currently recommends for the '95 model year 4R55E?
     
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    Alec Elite Moderator Moderator Emeritus

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    Call up your local tranny shop.
     
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    jasonb Jackstand Wheeler Moderator Emeritus

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    the tranny fluid fill cap on mine has "USE ONLY MERCON V" stamped on it in big bright letters.
     
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    While I was at Autozone the other day I noticed that they are starting to carry some Mercon V fluids. They had AAMCO MerconV @ $2.99 qt and I believe Castrol which was slightly more. They both say on the bottle Synthetic blend fliud MerconV.

    Dale
     






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