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Re: I mail order Aisin Type T-IV from Rock Auto
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Posted by cheaptechs (more from cheaptechs) on Sun, 10 Jan 2021 11:33:07 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: I mail order Aisin Type T-IV from Rock Auto, thewheell22 [Profile/Gallery] , Sat, 9 Jan 2021 19:16:59
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I agree with your approach - if the transmission is operating well with valvoline maxlife I'd say it is ok, plus I'm not entirely sure the 3309 is a full synthetic while valvoline maxlife is.

I'd recommend using one of the flush products - IIRC you add them for a short period prior to changing out your fluid, I think I used lubegard in the past with good results - they will remove varnish buildup from solenoids.

I have a Hyundai Sante Fe and Hyundai's ATF is outrageously priced $15/qt , so I used a combination of Valvoline Maxlife and some Mobil 3309 I had purchased for my Saab, if you look at the Maxlife the viscosity rating IIRC is thinner than 3309. Works just fine.

Lots of fud/misconceptions about ATF fluids, many are made from similar/identical base stocks and various additives are mixed in - friction modifiers may be the most critical to having the tranny shift in the same manner as oem fluid, the other addivies are stuff like anti corrosion, anti foam , most all modern ATFs have those.

IMO a full synthetic is a better choice as it is more tolerant of high temps before breaking down. I think with some of the makers you can buy straight ATF oil and then buy your own blend of additives, in essence creating your own specific formula.

I think Valvoline Maxlife is ok - but there are better multi tranny ATFs on the market.

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