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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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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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many good suggestions in first 7 posts on changing transmission oil , in here :
https://www.ram1500diesel.com/forum/ram-1500-diesel-transmission/43218-how-change-transmission-fluid-check.html
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look at video here :

double check level of oil after the thermal bypass valve has opened
and now cooling system was filled ,
the transmission oil level will now be too low ,
so recheck , and bring back up to proper level .( wait to be in ZF temp region
for oil level check , if still warm it will overflow ) .
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In video , at 12:15 , the guy talks about the cooling system refilling and
bringing level down .
 

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hey BrianF,
Where do you buy PetroCan Duradrive? Looks like they sell online but only if you have a corporate account? Do they carry specialty oils at gas stations?

So hard to find specialty fluids here in Canada. Do you know where to get the transfer case fluid or equivalent BW-44?
 

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Havent changed mine yet, but will be using MaxLife when I do. I have put it in nearly everything I have serviced the trans on and never had a problem.

Where did you get your filter/pan from and would you share what it ran you$$$ wise?

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Cds13ca, I buy from bulk dealers. I am not sure what is in the petrocan fuel stations as i don't go there ever.

Around these parts there are bulk dealers in just about every little town. I think the pc website lists all the dealers.....
 

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I installed Amsoil Fuel Efficient ATF along with a PPE pan 1,200 miles ago. Shifts perfectly, several hundred miles of travel trailer towing as well. No issues.
 
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