Transmission Fluids: What You Need To Know

The two most important systems in a car are the Engine and Transmission systems. When it comes to these two, never ever take it for granted because if damaged, they can and will completely ground your car.

Your transmission fluid should be replaced every 30,000 to 60,000 miles on your odometre. Some Nigerians don’t know this and most clumsy mechanics will never tell you. When your car exceeds this benchmark, this will lead to an expensive risk of replacing a new transmission box.

The most notable transmission fluid specifications are the DEXRON and MERCON series. This is what most car manufacturers use today. There are also oil based and synthetic based ATF which provide different properties such as longer life and effectiveness in high heat.

When servicing your transmission, it’s important to know the recommended transmission fluid for your car. You will most likely see it in your car manual but for the reason of clarity, below is a diagram showing car makes and their proper transmission fluids.

Car Make Transmission Fluid Type
  • Dodge
  • Jeep
  • Chrysler


  • Ford
  • Mercury
  • Lincoln
Mercon VMercon V
  • Ford (DuratecHE)
  • MAZDA (Europe / Asia)
Mercon LVMercon LV
  • GM
  • Toyota (pre-2004)
Dexron VIDexron VI
  • All Honda (except CVT)
  • Acura (except CVT)
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Infiniti
Matic S, Matic K, Matic DMatic S
  • Toyota (2004 and later)
  • Most Toyota, Lexus, and Volvo
  • Some Audi and Volkswagen
  • Hyundai
  • Kia
  • Mitsubishi

You can order transmission fluids from our online store here or contact our parts shop phone number for specifications.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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