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Old 04-16-2013, 05:15 PM
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ATF or 15w40?

Picked up an '06 Meristar and changing the trans fluid out. I was told it would be wise to use 15w40 instead of ATF. Thoughts?
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:22 PM
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I use 15w40 for my 2011 X2. Some say it keeps the plates from "slapping" each other at idle and low speed, thus creating a quieter transmission.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:33 PM
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V-drives and gear reduced transmissions from that era typically get the 15W40 to alleviate rattle.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:40 PM
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Picked up an '06 Meristar and changing the trans fluid out. I was told it would be wise to use 15w40 instead of ATF. Thoughts?

My 06 uses motor oil.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:44 PM
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:00 PM
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:42 PM
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My dealer (Rambo Marine) advised me to use motor oil in my '99 205v.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:46 PM
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I've always used ATF - but I have a DD.

One question for the masses - it is generally acknowledged in motorcycles with wet plate clutches that some motor oils (remember shared trans/engine/clutch lube) can cause reduced friction in the plates.

ANy issues in that with a velvet drive?
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:47 PM
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Use ATF Dex/Merc in a Velvet Drive and any 1:1.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:07 AM
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Thanks everyone! I will go with 15w40 as I will be doing quite a bit of wakesurfing @ 10 to 12mph.
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