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I have a question about Transmission Fluid. I will be having a transmission flush and filter change some time in October and I have 3 different types of fluid to go with. I would like opinions. 1) Valvoline Mercon V2) Valvoline High Mileage MERC/DEX3) Merc V from the Ford Dealership (ridiculously expensive)What should I go with? The vehicle has approx 195000KMs and has no known transmission problems. I bought this car 2002 Taurus DOHC from my mom several years ago. I do not believe she ever had any transmission fluid changes (drain and filter) before. The fluid is starting to look a little darker than what I would like, hence I am having a pro preform a flush and filter change.
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Under no circumstance do you want to hook a flush machine up to your Taurus. Also, never ever use any flush chemicals or fluid additives/conditioners. The guy at the shop will tell you how great they are, but his opinion is completely based on the information provided to him by the rep for the company selling him these chemicals. Our transmissions have very small passages in the valve body as well as very tight tolerences. Most other modern transmissions do as well. Any deposits broken loose from flush chemicals or a power flush machine can clog these passages and blow up your transmission in short order. The waiver you have to sign to have a shop flush your transmission should be a solid indication of how often this happens.This is the proper flush procedure:How to Flush your transmission at home - Taurus Car Club Maintenance and Modification WikiIt is very similar to what was mentioned above, but pumping some of the fluid out of the pan before dropping it makes the job a lot less messy.The Valvoline Mercon V is fine. I prefer to use a full synthetic ATF like Mobil 1, but there is a decent price difference. The MaxLife stuff is a waste of money and does not meet the Mercon V specifications required for your transmission to work properly.