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Ford engineers recommend against one-size-fits-all automatic transmission fluids

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 09:00
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When it comes to automatic transmission fluids, there is no one-size-fits-all-solution. Ford transmissions are designed for use in many different service environments and operating conditions, and each transmission has its own set of fluid requirements. All of the Motorcraft Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) have specially formulated properties to meet unique requirements that result in optimal vehicle performance – something that can’t be achieved with just a single product on the shelf.

“Motorcraft has boiled down their ATF offerings to eight high-quality, reliable fluids that installers and authorized distributors can carry to service all Ford and Lincoln vehicles,” said Robert Boss, Motorcraft Chemical and Lubricants Product Marketing Manager. “While the aftermarket may say there is a one-size-fits-all solution, each transmission needs the correct fluid to function properly so we have worked closely with our engineers to manufacture fluids that are right for our vehicles.”

Motorcraft’s Automatic Transmission Fluids are recommended to achieve optimal performance for Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Products include:

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  • MERCON® LV
  • MERCON® V
  • MERCON® SP
  • Continuously Variable Chain Type Transmission Fluid
  • Premium Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • FNR5 Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Dual Clutch Transmission Fluid
  • Type F

Engineers do not recommend adding cleaners, conditioners or other “performance enhancing” products to these ATFs. Specially designed performance additives are already included in Motorcraft ATF formulations, making additional additives not necessary. Aftermarket additives do not prolong the life of the fluid or the transmission, and can mask transmission symptoms without providing a cure.

Motorcraft’s line of transmission fluids undergo extensive testing, both in the lab and in real-world conditions, to ensure they provide optimum performance and durability. MERCON fluids are the only fluids approved by Ford Motor Company for their recommended application, and each product is formulated for specific applications. Service facilities can visit www.fcsdchemicalsandlubricants.com to access the latest application charts, vehicle fluid capacities, product specifications and the online catalog for all Motorcraft chemicals and lubricants.

For more information, visit www.motorcraft.com

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