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Old 02-28-2012, 03:28 AM   #1
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Default Compatible-with-everything ATF?

It'* almost time for a transmission fluid/filter change, and with the mileage getting up there, I've decided to make the jump to DEXRON-VI.

But, I always see that most (if not all) of the ATF bottles on the shelves say they're somehow compatible with everything. For example, a Valvoline bottle says:
Did ATF makers recently obsolete all the standards, or would it be better to try to find a bottle of something that'* only DEXRON-VI-compatible?
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being compatible with pretty much any fluid means that:

the fluid passed every test and met every specification necessary for every certification.

being compatible with only 1 fluid means that:

it passed everything necessary for the 1 certification.



more often than not, the fluid that can be used in everything is the better fluid.
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Valvoline Maxlife and Amsoil are the two that I've seen that cover most of the bases. Royal Purple may also.
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being compatible with pretty much any fluid means that:

the fluid passed every test and met every specification necessary for every certification.

being compatible with only 1 fluid means that:

it passed everything necessary for the 1 certification.



more often than not, the fluid that can be used in everything is the better fluid.
Good point. I had the opposite viewpoint: jack of all trades, master of none.

I guess I'll just go with whatever compatible fluid I can find.
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