Mopar ZF ATF alternatives

Mopar ZF ATF alternatives

This is a discussion on Mopar ZF ATF alternatives within the RAM 1500 Diesel Transmission forums, part of the RAM 1500 Diesel Garage - RAM 1500 Diesel Mechanics Corner category; So I've got my trans pan/filter ordered, but i'm seeing a lot of chatter, but nothing definitive, on alternatives to the Mopar ZF trans fluid. ...

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    Mopar ZF ATF alternatives

    So I've got my trans pan/filter ordered, but i'm seeing a lot of chatter, but nothing definitive, on alternatives to the Mopar ZF trans fluid. I see some people using Valv Max Life, but others (on other forums) saying don't use. Amsoil? Redline? Also seeing a generic ZF fluid on amazon. What the skinny?

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    I recently retired from a transmission manufacturing company that was a competitor of ZF but we did very similar testing. All of our testing was done with only one type of fluid that would match the clutch material for each model and that is why we only recommended that fluid. We were not in the business of proving if other ATF manufacturer's was ok with our transmissions. The wrong fluid can cause shift harshness or slipping or lubrication issues. I'm not saying other ATF's are not ok, but the reason that other fluids are not recommended is because the original manufacturer does not test the transmissions with other companies ATF.
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    Amsoil fuel efficent signature series has proven good results in my transmission.
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    I have Amsoil ready for my transmission service this summer.


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    you using the Fuel Efficient or the multi-vehicle?

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    Valvoline Maxlife ATF is perfectly fine to use. It's a great oil at a great price. I run it in my transmissions and power steering in my other vehicles. It's what I'll be using when I service the transmission on my EcoDiesel.

    (See attached product sheet)
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    I run the Valvoline MaxLife in my Ram. Valvoline lists it as suitable in the ZF transmissions.
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    I did the MOPAR ZF at 148.5. Since, I have read a 1/2 million mile trans with MaxLife since OEM change.

    MaxLife was next for me however...may go Amsoil route still undecided...have another 66k to figure it out.
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    For us in Canada, PetroCan has their Duradrive LV ATF that is suitable for use with ZF. I know the 7.4cSt Duradrive is around the same price per litre as Maxlife but I assume the new LV will cost more. Maxlife is what will be going into my AS69RC next change.

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    thanks for the responses guys. Im gonna give the MaxLife a shot as it seems to be working well for everyone.

    Thanks again.
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