Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help



Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Tech Information and Support > Diesel Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-21-2006, 10:37 AM
Diesel Dan's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 264
Question What type of transmission fluid do you use?

There has been considerable discussion of motor oil types, but my search of the forum archives yielded less discussion of transmission fluid.

All I found is that some people use the "official" MB fluid, and others use Mobil 1 synthetic ATF fluid. Are there other fluid types to choose from? How about non-sythetic alternatives to the standard MB fluid? What rating does the fluid need to have in order to be okay for the Mercedes?

By the way, I will be changing the fluid on a 1987 300D, if that matters.

Thanks,
Dan

__________________
1987 Mercedes 300D ~200K (Greasecar & Biodiesel)
1993 Ford F-250 7.3 IDI diesel 165K (Biodiesel)
1996 Thomas/International Bus with DT466 engine
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-21-2006, 11:29 AM
sixto's Avatar
smoke gets in your eyes
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Eastern TN
Posts: 20,833
Any Dexron III or Mercon fluid will work. Even Dexron II for that vintage MB but I don't think it's widely available.

Sixto
93 300SD
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-21-2006, 12:56 PM
carnut's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Stockton California
Posts: 637
I use Dextron/Mercon 5. full synthetic.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-21-2006, 02:42 PM
pawoSD's Avatar
Dieselsüchtiger
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 15,430
Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF, it made a big difference and I will keep using it forever.
__________________
-diesel is not just a fuel, its a way of life-
'15 GLK250 Bluetec 109k - mine - (OC-112,500)
'17 Metris(VITO!) - 29k - wifes (OC-34k)
'09 Sprinter 3500 Winnebago View - 61k (OC - 63k)
'13 ML350 Bluetec - 82k - dad's (OC-86k)
'01 SL500 - 98k(km) - dad's (OC-94,000km)
'16 E400 4matic Sedan - 132k - Brothers (OC-139k)
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-21-2006, 04:04 PM
Hit Man X's Avatar
I LOVE BRUNETTES
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: FUNKYTOWN
Posts: 9,087
Thumbs up

Cheapo DexIII/Mercon.
__________________
I'm not a doctor, but I'll have a look.

'85 300SD 245k
'87 300SDL 251k
'90 300SEL 326k

Six others from BMW, GM, and Ford.

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty.
[/IMG]
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-21-2006, 06:53 PM
dieseldiehard's Avatar
Dieseldiehard
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bay Area No Calif.
Posts: 4,340
Quote:
Originally Posted by Diesel Dan View Post
There has been considerable discussion of motor oil types, but my search of the forum archives yielded less discussion of transmission fluid.

All I found is that some people use the "official" MB fluid, and others use Mobil 1 synthetic ATF fluid. Are there other fluid types to choose from? How about non-sythetic alternatives to the standard MB fluid? What rating does the fluid need to have in order to be okay for the Mercedes?

By the way, I will be changing the fluid on a 1987 300D, if that matters.

Thanks,
Dan
Some members get excited when another oil thread gets started but it doesn't bother me. I am using Mobil 1 ATF in my favorite '87 300D. It had a rebuilt transmission. The other diesel is getting plain Dexron III. I can't say I notice any difference whatsoever but I wanted to baby the '87 and I won't change the fluid for perhaps 4 years because we don't drive that car very much so I'll get a lot of time out of a transmission service!
__________________
'95 E320 Wagon my favorite road car. '99 E300D wolf in sheeps body, '87 300D Sportline suspension, '79 300TD w/ 617.952 engine at 367,750 and counting!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-21-2006, 07:04 PM
JamesDean's Avatar
Electrical Engineer
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 5,038
Thumbs up

Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF...~$5/qt.
__________________
Cruise Control not working? Send me PM or email (jamesdean59@gmail.com). I might be able to help out.
Check here for compatibility, diagnostics, and availability!

(4/11/2020: Hi Everyone! I am still taking orders and replying to emails/PMs/etc, I appreciate your patience in these crazy times. Stay safe and healthy!)


82 300SD 145k
89 420SEL 210k
89 560SEL 118k
90 300SE 262k RIP 5/25/2010
90 560SEL 154k
91 300D 2.5 Turbo. 241k
93 190E 3.0 235k
93 300E 195k
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-21-2006, 08:17 PM
sailor15015's Avatar
Reverse lights! Score!
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Posts: 1,184
Quote:
Originally Posted by pawoSD View Post
Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF, it made a big difference and I will keep using it forever.
Same here. $6 a quart times 6 or 7 quarts is $42 a year, max. Dirt cheap compared to the $1300 the p/o payed to have the tranny rebuilt on the '84. Granted, however, that since it was done at around 120k miles, the problem was more likely a miss-diagnosed vacuum problem because it had been taken in a couple of times before with a complaint of "hard shifting".
__________________
Seth

1984 300D 225K
1985 300D Donor body
1985 300D Turbo 165K. Totaled. Donor Engine. It runs!!!
1980 300SD 311K My New Baby.
1979 BMW 633csi 62K+++? Dead odo
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-21-2006, 08:23 PM
rudolfgreen's Avatar
registered cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: HI
Posts: 556
AMSoil synthetic, a noticable improvement..
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-21-2006, 09:05 PM
Hatterasguy's Avatar
Zero
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Milford, CT
Posts: 19,307
I use Mobil 1 ATF.

If your going with regular fluid, use what ever DexIII/Mercon is cheaper. I used Autozone's house brand for a bit. They are all about the same, not changing it is what causes problems.
__________________
2020 GMC Sierra Denali
2007 Tiara 3200
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-22-2006, 07:11 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Jeffersonville, IN
Posts: 92
transmission fluid

The transmission shop I worked in for 5 months put Dexron 3 in Mercedes, just like everything else. It was a premium shop, good reputation in town. Neither of the mercedes I r&r'd had burned fluid, just trash from worn clutches& bands. You can smell burned fluid, it's stinko. If a car doesn't burn the Fluid (modern GM's do), and the car hasn't been driven through high water, I not sure why to change the fluid ever, except 3 months before you rebuild the transmission because the clutches are worn out. Most burned fluid (not GM) is caused by worn out clutches and slipping.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-22-2006, 01:33 PM
Rudolphrocks's Avatar
Dazed and Confused
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Rockford, MI
Posts: 148
Royal purple MAX ATF 8.14 a qt. Good stuff and its purple!!

.....................................................................
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-22-2006, 02:58 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 58
ATF Type Ford is good for really hard shifts. Big improvement compared to ATF Dextron III. Can help even worn out clutches to handle some more mileage.

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page