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Old 09-16-2010, 12:08 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by Grabbit View Post
I need a little help here, is everyone using Mercon V fluid? The manual says to use Mercon V and nothing else, is this correct?
Well, it has to meet the specs for Mercon V. Do you want to use something that doesn't meet this spec? I'll be using Mobil 1 synthetic ATF when I do my tranny flush in a few weeks.

Originally Posted by Grabbit View Post
Also I keep trying to check the fluid level and I think the fluid may be too hot. (In Arizona 100 degree heat) I can never tell on the dipstick exactly where the level is, its just to thin. At first I thought it was low so i added about a quart and then got the same reading as before. I guess I'm going to have to let it cool down and try again.
I have the same problem right now (in the 90s here in CO). The online manual for my '02 says to check the fluid between 120F-140F, so a short drive (5 mi?) is going to be enough to get it up to correct inspection temp when you're starting out at 100F.
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