Not knowing what is in my transmission, suggestions? My Ford dealer said he is aware of the early problems with switching fluids but their flush and fill would be with the MerV.Automatic Transmission Fluid or dual usage fluids labeled
MERCON(R)/MERCON(R) V. After July 1, 2007, MERCON(R)
Automatic Transmission fluid will no longer be
manufactured, therefore availability of this fluid will
only continue for however long it takes to deplete what
remains in inventory"
The reason for the special service bulletin which harshly
said to ONLY use mercon on the escapes was because they
were afraid of damage (swelling to the brass bushings) in
the solenoids that was happening to the explorer 5 speed
automatics from Mercon V.
The Mercon V fluid has since been reformulated so this is
no longer an issue. You'll be fine with Mercon V.
I wouldn't listen to ***, he's stuck on a rating that was
written before the current spec was even widely available.
You have absolutely no reason to switch back to III and if
you did you would be cheating yourself. V is the better
fluid to use and Merc/Dex is specifically designed to be
backwards compatible. Take the advice from who you want to
but if you take it from me you'd be taking advice from the
guy who assumes liability on the issue almost daily. You
can mix the 2 and you can always use a higher rating in a
trans that was originally spec'd for something lower.
There's many myths in automotives that some people will go
to their graves believing, this is one of them.
This is the key to this whole argument; The Mercon V fluid has since been reformulated so this is no longer an issue.
It sounds like this reformulation is quite recent and SSM 16896 is also correct at the time it was put out.
Most definitely! E-C is a far nicer forum than just about any that I have been on.BLKXLT said:Glad to hear someone has used the new Mercon V with success in an older Escape. Typically you'll hear more from the 3 people with bad experiences than the 30,000 with good. Human nature, I suppose.
I got the quotes from :censor: Ford Truck forums :censor: . I hope its not taboo to mention other forums by name, but I see nothing wrong with politely saying the neighborhood here is much nicer.
Chances are you already have the Mercon-V in there. A dump and fill sure wont hurt. I've had the Castrol Mercon V in my "02" with 68K on it. Shifts just fine no problems...... In fact, what little I have left over. I siphon out of the power steering and top off with the V...spacecowboy53 said:I have an 05 limited with about 75k on its original fluid.C I start doing just a 4 qt dump and fill with merc.v at the next few oil changes? Or should I do a complete flush and fill? The main question is will the fluids mix ok or do I need to get it all out?
You have the answer but what I do is M1 ATF every 15k with 4 ounces of lubeguard red or mercon v every 10k (that's a oil change for me). Been doing it for over 40k and it shifts above perfection. Lubeguard Red is a good preventative measure in weak trans's.. which you can say the cd4e can be. I use M1 in the ps with a little of the lubeguard also wouldn't know it's a ford ps pump. And no I don't work for lubeguard.Kiki said:Has anybody out there got any information on how to properly care for the CD4E? Are there any problems to look out for? I know you guys know the answer to this one.