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Old 07-19-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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fluid choices?

going to be doing an sye so while im in there changing my trans fluid while im at it. Ive read a bunch of threads on the matter and its still kinda murky. One says this the other says no that. I have a 2000 4 cyl with the ax5 if im correct. I went to advance and they said dex 3 for my t case and atf +4 for the tranny. Does that sound right at all. Im a little hesitant to put atf in my manual transmission. I know people say redline but I would prefer something I can pickup locally. Thanks

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Absolutely do not put atf in your tranny. If you want to use something you can get at the store use 5w-30 motor oil. I would still recommend redline though as I've used both and Redline is better.
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Your transfer case requires ATF, any ATF is fine in the transfer case is fine. ATF+3 and ATF+4 are two good choices.

Your AX-5 requires either a GL-3 or GL-4 75W-90. Redline MT-90 available from www.summitracing.com would be an excellent choice. Or you can use a synthetic 10W-30 motor oil (not 5W-30) which has been approved for use in the AX-5 and AX-15 by Aisin, the manufacturer of your AX-5. No worries on the seemingly vastly different viscosities of those two lubricants. 75W-90 gear lube and 10W-30 motor oil are measured on two different viscosity scales but in reality, they are both essentially the same viscosity.

A good synthetic 10W-30 would be a good locally available choice for your AX-5 if you don't want to wait for Redline MT-90.

Redline Max Gear 75W-90 is one of the few GL-5 gear lubes (most GL-5 gear lubes are NOT acceptable) that is also acceptable and a fine choice for your AX-5 which may be more readily available in your area than Redline MT-90
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:58 PM   #6
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for a local redline dealer try here

Red Line Synthetic Oil

just put in your zip code. would also call em 1st to make sure they got what you want on hand
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Ok thanks that clears it up alot and I guess I'm returning the 75-90 Lucas gear oil I got today after work. I went and asked again and this time they told me gear oil and not ATF for the tranny. I think I'm gonna stick with one of the ones you suggested. Maybe wait it out and order redline so I have no worries.
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I just read up on the Lucas 75W-90 and it does not indicate it is safe for yellow metals (gear synchronizers) so yep, I'd return it.

But again, either a good quality synthetic 10W-30 motor oil or Royal Purple Max Gear 75W-90 will be fine. Of course synthetic 10W-30 motor oils are available everywhere (like Valvoline, Castrol, Shell, Havoline, Mobil-1, etc.) and it shouldn't be hard to find the Royal Purple Max Gear 75W-90 either.

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