Auto Trans Fluid for 2001 C70 - recommendations

Discussion in 'Volvo C70' started by In Vancouver, Jul 29, 2003.

  1. In Vancouver

    In Vancouver Guest

    Before those few of you tell me that the auto trans shouldn't require
    service, let me tell you that I have a need to replace the fluid in my C-70.
    Nuff said.

    Now the question. The owner's manual says "use only special Volvo fluid" I
    can't find any of that stuff for sale. Dealer tells me he can't sell what
    they use in containers. Everyone's solution; bring it on in and we'll do it
    for you.

    Well I want to do it myself, and I know how, I am just looking for opinions
    on replacement fluid that I can use. Dexron III like my older 850???
     
    In Vancouver, Jul 29, 2003
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  2. In Vancouver

    Tim.. Guest

    AFAIK the spec calls for a fully synthetic Dexron III type fluid. If you're
    going to change the fluid every ~20,000miles this will be fine.

    Tim..
     
    Tim.., Jul 29, 2003
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  3. What about Mobil 1 synthetic trans fluid?
     
    Jeff Lesperance, Jul 30, 2003
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  4. In Vancouver

    Mike F Guest

    Dexron III is not a good fluid for the Volvo 5 speed automatics. Other
    than the genuine Volvo fluid, I don't know of anything available, but
    that doesn't mean that it's not out there. I don't have a car with one
    of those transmissions, so I'm not too worried about it yet.
     
    Mike F, Jul 30, 2003
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  5. In Vancouver

    Tim.. Guest

    That still doesnt explain what is wrong with using a fully syntheitc dexron
    III style fluid from anyone who makes one. Whats so special about Volvo's
    synthetic fluid??

    Tim..
     
    Tim.., Jul 31, 2003
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  6. In Vancouver

    Mike F Guest

    On your owner's manual. For my '98s (4 speed auto) the owner's manual
    specifies Dexron IIE/III and Mercon. Yours doesn't. Now I think (and
    I'm basing this only on general knowledge, I don't know anything
    specific) the only difference between Dexron and the Volvo fluid
    specified in your manual is the friction modifiers, which affects how
    smoothly the transmission shifts, and you won't damage anything with
    Dexron III. However, if it were my transmission, I would only put in
    the specified fluid, or a fluid from a reputable company that
    specifically mentioned that it was OK for use in your particular
    transmission. Unfortunately for us, lots of carmakers have gone to
    their own transmission fluid formulations, a far cry from the days when
    there was only Dexron and Type F.
     
    Mike F, Jul 31, 2003
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