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Old 09-24-2009, 02:23 AM
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Automatic or Manual Transmission Fluid?

Im getting ready to do a full tuneup on my 1995 f-150 5-speed 2WD.
Ive been trying to find out what type of fluid my tranny uses but i cant seem to get a clear answer, ive read that if its a mazda 5-speed it uses auto tranny fluid and if its a zf-5 it uses standard manual tranny fluid.

i dont know which i have because the truck has had a engine swap (supposidly with a mustang) so it might have a different tranny.

all i can tell u is the tranny is ribbed all over (like cooling fins)

any help would be apreciated
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:22 AM
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My 92 F Series Ford Shop Manual states that both manual transmission use Mercon automatic transmission fluid. Your F150 should have the Mazda M5R2 five speed manual transmission installed at the factory.
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If you suspect a trans swap you should post a pic of your tranny--someone will identify it in short order, and you can go from there.

Just my .02.
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If it is an aluminum case trans, it uses ATF.(or you can use GM's SYNCROMESH,Realy good stuff but not cheap)f it is a cast iron trans, it uses Gear oil.
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its definatly looks like dull aluminum, ill take a pic later tonight
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Im getting ready to do a full tuneup on my 1995 f-150 5-speed 2WD.
Ive been trying to find out what type of fluid my tranny uses but i cant seem to get a clear answer, ive read that if its a mazda 5-speed it uses auto tranny fluid and if its a zf-5 it uses standard manual tranny fluid.

i dont know which i have because the truck has had a engine swap (supposidly with a mustang) so it might have a different tranny.

all i can tell u is the tranny is ribbed all over (like cooling fins)

any help would be apreciated



The first is the mazda and the second is the ZF. Either way I put Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF in my ZF-542 and haven't had a problem in the last 2-3 years. Mobile 1 is supposed to be the best/most affordable synthetic you can buy. I run full synthetic in my vehicles for the last 5 years and change at 10,000!!! You can usually get it at wal-mart or your local auto parts store. Also my buddy used to work for Ford and was their tranny mechanic... he informed me after the fact that you can get the ford brand synthetic just as cheap at the dealership and it pretty good stuff to from what he says. I'd just recommend a synthetic ATF...
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ya its definatly the mazda

anyone know what the capacity is?
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3.7 or 3.8 qts I believe... Either way you'll need to buy 4qts to top it off...
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Definitely a Mercon compatible ATF for that Tranny. You'll need to buy 4 Qts but it only takes 3.7 or 3.8 like NSTUEVE said.

I did mine last month - same tranny.

Pretty easy and relatively quick job if the drain and fill plugs cooperate.

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Dexron III / Mercon ATF

Will Dexron III / Mercon ATF Work in the Mazda M5R2 Manual Transmission??? if so also i have a borg/werner Transfer Case Hooked to the back of the tranny and was wondering what it takes for fluid and the cap.... i havnt changed either in about 3 years and am wanting to... also the reason i am asking if this atf will work is cause i have a bour 6 qts kicking around and have no other vecheil that it is compatiabale with.... please dont tell me it will if it will hurt it... i have no exta $$$ to repair it... i just did the slave and i hated it but i had no chooice...


thanks in advanced
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You can use any ATF in a manual trans that calls for ATF. It is not important for it to be Mercon III or V or Dexron or whatever. You could even use Type F, if you could find any.
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