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Old 02-14-2002, 12:59 PM
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Question MB Dealer sold me Valvoline Dextron III???? Use it or not?

My local MB dealer here in Michigan sold me Valvoline Dextron III for my 1994 E320? I thought that I would go to the dealer and get exactly what my transmission required.

I know there has been much discussion on this topic, but I am new to the MB experience and want to be sure before change something so critical as the trans fluid.

I called Merecedes and they stated that I could use any Dextron III and that Valvoline ATF Dextron III is approved.

Then I called the dealer in Indianapolis where this vehicles trans fluid was changed twice already. The service department stated that they use MB Dextron III in my car previously, but that I should use any Dextron III. "Dextron III is Dextron III", he said. Am I being paranoid?

Should I use Val Dexton III or buy something else? Your input would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-14-2002, 01:27 PM
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The Val Dextron III is great. If you wish something better than factory recommendation use a synthetic Dextron III.

The MB synthetic trans fluid isn't used until the 722.6 trans. This didn't come in the 124 body in any model.
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Old 02-15-2002, 03:26 PM
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Thanks Steve, what are "lintless" rags? I understand that they should be used when changing the trans fluid.

Can I buy them at any autoparts store?
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Old 02-15-2002, 08:22 PM
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My manual recommends Chamois for checking trans fluid.
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Old 02-16-2002, 09:15 PM
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Lintless rags are just rags that will not leave half the cotton fiber behind. You could also use some good paper towels. That is what I think I would use if I had an automatic trany. No mess to clean up or get in the washing machine.
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Old 02-17-2002, 01:22 AM
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JOHNE 320.
I believe the discussion about dextron -3
versus dextron-2 was in relation to certain models which use
trans fluid OR power steering fluid in that reservoir.
The older formulation '2' seems to have better lube
features than the current '3'. All in all, type A trans fluid was recommended by one savvy member for this steering application or just the use of
power steering fluid.

For the trans, use what is reommended.
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