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96 5.0 AWD transfer case fluid

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Did a search and can't find answer even tough i'm sure it's failry simple. I am replacing my transfer case and need to know which fluid to use. Is it regular Mercon or Mercon V in the transfer case. TIA
 
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gavin

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either will be fine
 
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I don't see why either would not be fine. However, it calls for Mercon. All the Mercon V bottles I have and Motorcraft branded Mercon V trans fluid says "not for use in transfer cases". Ford dealer says they now have "transfer case fluid". I bought some but am willing to bet its just regular old Mercon trans fluid with a new label and higher price. I have no idea why Mercon V would not work but it only takes a couple quarts so why chance it?
 
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Archerdragon

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I have just bought a 2000 AWD and the owners manual says for mine 2000 Mecury Mountaineer to use Mercon in the transfer case and to use Mercon v in the transmission and not to interchange them. Of course if you look at Mercon V bottle it says not to use in tranfercase. And lots if folks say its bad on youtube. If you look at some Dextron/Merc bottles it will say good for where Mercon has been specified. Im still debating what to use but I know I wont use Mercon V for sure.
 
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Mbrooks420

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Dextron/mercon is correct.
 
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410Fortune

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DO NOT RUN MERCON V in the transfer case
ever ever ever
Mercon V is tooooo slick for transfer cases and will destroy them! I learned this the hard way
Ford stopped using Mercon V in all t cases and you should too
Use MERCON III / DEX in transfer cases, yes even the 5.0 AWD unit

Or you can buy Ford transfer case fluid, which is basically mercon III
 
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96eb96

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Official Licensed Mercon LV is the official Ford fluid being used now. That is what you would get if you went to a Ford dealer.

Regular Mercon (or should I say Mercon compatible, because Mercon is obsolete) would work well too. Again, you have to trust they are meeting the original Mercon Spec.

There is also a "Valvoline Transfer Case Fluid" which is probably Mercon LV for a few bucks more.

NO MERCON V.
 
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