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Is there a way to determine the type Transmission fluid used. Can you tell by smell, sight or feel of synthetic?
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Wonder if analysis would tell you. Synthetic always seemed thinner and more slippery to me.
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Rick, I think I can tell ATF from oil or synthetic oil.
get a sample and put it in the freezer, then take a look at it. +96
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Is there a way to determine the type Transmission fluid used. Can you tell by smell, sight or feel of synthetic?
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Thanks all. I know Synthetic is advertised to handle higher heat. I guess we could do a boil off test
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Cliff used TranSyn in my tranny, I continue to use it. It's a very light color, almost clear...if that helps any.
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Cliff used TranSyn in my tranny, I continue to use it. It's a very light color, almost clear...if that helps any.

Thanks Dan. No hint of pink?
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It could be, but I'm remembering it's just kind of a light gold color coming out of the jug. When I check it, I really have to hold the dipstick in the light to see the line. The first couple of times I checked it, I was freaking out thinking there was no fluid on the stick! LOL I don't have a gallon here at the house or I'd go check again just to make sure I'm not fibbin to ya. I always carry a gallon in the bird "just in case". It's definitely not dark red.

I think I've seen some comments on here somewhere that Precision recommends regular 30 wt oil...maybe I'm seeing things. I'll be over there in a couple weeks and I'll ask them.
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I am pretty sure ZF recommends synthetic. I either read it in the ZF manual, or heard it on the internet.
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I am pretty sure ZF recommends synthetic. I either read it in the ZF manual, or heard it on the internet.
ZF does recommend synthetic but I believe it for a transmission that has been reconditioned; I would not change it for the sake of changing it. Why take the risk? We just had this conversation within the last month and Bob E., from Precision said it takes a thorough flushing to rid all the old fluid. When I had my transmission gone through by Precision I was given the option and I went back to the Dextron as was in it when I took it to them. JMO
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