Dexron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon)
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Valvoline MaxLife Dexron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon)

Part No. 773775 Warranty  
MaxLife DEX/MERC ATF contains a blend of base oils and a unique additive package to help extend the life of transmissions with over 75,000 miles. It is formulated to maximize transmission performance, reduce transmission wear and improve and maintain smooth shifting longer than conventional fluids. MaxLife DEX/MERC ATF is compatible with new and rebuilt transmissions and will not void new car warranties. Recommended for use where DEXRON, DEXRON II, III and VI, Toyota T-IV and WS, MERCON®, MERCON® SP and LV, Allison TES 295 and 389, Nissan Matic-D, Matic-J and Matic-K, Honda Z-1 (except CVT), Mercedes NAG-1, Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II and SP-III and many others are required.
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Base Oil Stock:Synthetic
Color:Red
Container Size:1 gal
Contains Stop Leak:No
Flash Point:202 C
Pour Point:-51 C
Specific Gravity:0.843
Viscosity Index:173

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Valvoline MaxLifeDextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon)
 
4.6

(based on 50 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves vehicle performance (36)
  • Reduces wear (22)
  • Runs clean (20)
  • Safe (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Car (29)
    • Regular use (24)
    • Truck (16)
    • Quick fix (7)
    • RV (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Auto enthusiast (15), Mechanic (11), Casual driver (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Auto enthusiast (11), Casual driver (9), Mechanic (6), Truck enthusiast (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    did a "easy trans flush"

    I did an easy trans flush....drained oil, replaced oil several times. between each refill, i ran the transmission to clean the trans and reintroduce dirty/diluted dirty oil into the pan...Read complete review

    I did an easy trans flush....drained oil, replaced oil several times. between each refill, i ran the transmission to clean the trans and reintroduce dirty/diluted dirty oil into the pan until the oil in there looked like new oil. My car, a 04 avalon, is very smooth shifting now. This is some of the only stuff advanced carries that meets toyotas trans spec. This stuff smells awful though. You'll get some on you if you did what i did. Don't even think about wearing your cloths inside your house or the wife will kill you. Put a towel down in your vehicle as well for when you get in there to put the car in gear.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Would not use it in my wheelbarrow

    I would not ever use this product again, I think if I'd left it in my 2004 Impala it would have caused the transmission to go out, it did'nt shift firm and would hesitate...Read complete review

    I would not ever use this product again, I think if I'd left it in my 2004 Impala it would have caused the transmission to go out, it did'nt shift firm and would hesitate and jerk when starting out sometimes. After 500 miles I drained it back out and replaced the filter again and put plain Castrol Dex/Merc fluid back in and the transmission went back to shifting properly and not hesitating after about 100 miles.

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    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great replacement for Hyundai/Kia SP III

    By Johnny

    from South Jersey, NJ

    About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

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    3 or more reviews submitted

    Pros

    • Improves Vehicle Performance
    • Reduces Wear
    • Runs Clean
    • Safe

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Car

      Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

      This is a great ATF for us Hyundai/Kia owners. I have a 2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS with 193K miles and as many of you know, Hyundai asks to ONLY use Hyundai Diamond SP III transmission fluid. As many know, this fluid is not cheap so I researched online to find another alternative to this fluid. I found many forums saying how great Valvoline MaxLife ATF is. Make sure you use this MaxLife Dexron III/Mercon Multi-vehicle ATF.

      Anyways, I decided today to this job. First I drove the car and then let it rest for 45 min. Then I jacked it up, put in on jack stands, put a container that can collect at least 8 quarts, get a 24 mm socket, remove the bolt (be careful with you hand while removing it, it can spill all over your hand and splatter all over the place), and let all the ATF drip. After all the fluid has dripped, clean the magnetic plug with a rag and put it back in (replace the gasket if it's damaged). Now to know how much fluid you've collected, use an empty 5-quart empty motor oil container and carefully pour all the ATF in there (when I did it, about 4 3/4 quarts of ATF came out). Lower the car back to the floor, remove the Transmission dipstick and put a funnel in its place. SLOWLY pour the MaxLife ATF in the transmission (5 quarts came out, carefully pour 5 quarts back in). After pouring all the ATF, replace the dipstick and start your car. Let it idle for a 2-3 mins and then with your foot on the brake, shift to each gear (P > R > N > D > 3 > 2 > 1, then back to P) so the fluid can travel to all of the transmission's veins and clutches. Drive the car around for a few miles, then check the fluid. Put more fluid if needed.

      So far I've driven the car with this fluid and it's great, a cheaper alternative to Hyundai's OEM ATF. Hope this has helped.

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      (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A godsend for Kia and Hyundai owners

      By Med Man

      from Hendersonville, TN

      About Me Auto Enthusiast, DIY Mechanic, D-i-y Mechanic, Professional driver, Shadetree mechanic

      Pros

      • Improves Vehicle Performance
      • Reduces Wear
      • Safe

      Cons

      • Bad Smelling

      Best Uses

      • Car
      • Regular Use
      • Truck

      Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

      If, like me, you are the owner of a Kia or Hyundai that is beyond its warranty period, you may have discovered that the SP-III specification for the transmission fluid in your car is pretty hard to find. You may also be somewhat leery of putting anything in it that says Dexron/Mercon on the front label.

      I was in the same boat. I desperately needed to change the transmission fluid in my 2007 Kia Sedona, as it was having some hard shifts at lower speeds after a couple hours on the interstate. But I could not afford to part with a lot of money for OEM. But I also didn't want to take the risk of pouring random junk in it that was going to destroy it.

      After scouring all the forums online, and reading the Valvoline website, I decided to take the leap. I did a partial change (5 quarts out of 6.5, the big jug plus a quart) with the Valvoline Maxlife ATF. I did this two days ago, and have driven it 700+ miles since. Shifting is back to the way it should be, even after long miles on the highway.

      Word of advice to my Kia and Hyundai friends - when you pour this into your transmission (through the dipstick tube), do it SLOWLY. Pour a very little bit into your funnel and let it burp; lather, rinse, repeat. Do NOT fill your funnel halfway, thinking it will drain down slowly. What will happen is, air will erupt forcefully up the funnel and splatter all that fluid everywhere, making an awful mess. And as I and others have noted, this stuff smells worse than average.

      But don't let that deter you - use the Maxlife. You'll be glad you did.

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      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Product!

      By Laurent

      from Montgomery Village, MD

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      Pros

      • Improves Vehicle Performance
      • Reduces Wear
      • Runs Clean

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Regular Use

        Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

        Worked great on my 93 Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon

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        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Valvoline Maxlife ATF

        By Laser1987

        from Kent, OH

        About Me Casual Driver, Diyer, Phd Student

        Helpful Reviewer

        Pros

        • Improves Vehicle Performance

        Cons

        • A Bit Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Car

        Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

        I am just a PHD student and purchased a 2007 Nissan Versa as used. The automatic transmission fluid need to be changed (dark brown color, nearly black) and my local store want to charge $109 for 5 quarts flush!

        I like DIY and purchased this stuff. Although this 1 gallon bottle can change only half amount of the oil, the effect is obvious. The shifting is much smoother and it seems that the acceleration is much better.

        Most important - it only cost me about $25! If you like DIY, just choose this!

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        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works in my Hyundai

        By RickBlaine

        from new jersey

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        3 or more reviews submitted

        Pros

        • Improves Vehicle Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Car
          • Regular Use

          Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

          My Sonata (with 60k) had very harsh downshifts. I flushed the trans with this product and the downshifts were much smoother.

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          (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          seems working well

          By handyman

          from reston, va

          About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

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                Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

                flushed auto transmission fluid on my Mercedes 2002 C240 sedan, took 3 gallons, seems working very well

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                (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Better than expected

                By Colby92

                from Omaha, NE

                About Me Auto Enthusiast, Volvo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Improves shifting
                • Improves Vehicle Performance
                • Reduces leaks
                • Reduces Wear

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • As A Transmission Fluid
                • Car
                • Quick Fix
                • Regular Use

                Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

                I have a 2004 Volvo S80 2.9, which has a GM 4T65E transmission that originally took Dexron III. I performed a complete drain and fill of the system with this Valvoline Dexron VI fluid, along with a new transmission filter from Advance. I have 107k miles on the vehicle/transmission and this fluid has made it shift very smooth again. I was not having any major trouble with the transmission before but, shifting was rougher than I would have liked from a luxury car. I will use this fluid again next time I change the ATF, since I have no complaints.

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                (8 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Keep away from this JUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                By Kazuaa

                from Adairsville,GA

                About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Ineffective
                  • Unsafe

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

                    I recently have replaced the fluid and fliter , done a complete clean out(removed the pan inspected)in my 2010 F350 DRW. Run this JUNK for a couple of weeks and now I have a transmission that is shifting all out of whack, hesitation between shifts but the next same gear tries to break your neck it shifts so hard. Leaking at every seal, line, and gasket after the fluid get warm, And yes it all started after I changed to this fluid.. JUNK!!

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                    (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice upgrade for older trans

                    By baddogkuzz

                    from Lake Station, IN.

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                    3 or more reviews submitted

                    Pros

                    • Improves Vehicle Performance
                    • Reduces Wear

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Car
                      • Regular Use
                      • RV
                      • Truck

                      Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

                      This ATF has additives that help fight wear in older transmissions that are still shifting correctly. I use it in all my GM's and they all have over 100,000 miles on stock trans. My Trailblazer has 186,000 miles and thanks to this product still shifts like a 50k trans.

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                      (10 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Smooth

                      By Dude Man

                      from Usa

                      About Me Casual Driver

                      Level 2

                      Pros

                      • Improves Vehicle Performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Car
                        • Quick Fix

                        Comments about Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon):

                        Flushed 3 quarts out of my Santa Fe transmission through the dipstick hole using one of those cheap orange siphon pump dealies. So a partial ATF change (it takes 8.98 quarts). Took me 20 minutes. After putting the Max Life in, my shifting improved IMMENSELY.

                        I used to have rough shifts between each gear. They were not horrible but you could definitely feel them, and sometimes the vehicle would really shift down when slowing to a stop. Now the transmission is effortless and smooth, you don't feel it shift hardly at all.

                        Even at a 40% replacement, the vehicle feels much better to drive both at highway speeds and in town. I recommend this 100% for Hyundai Santa Fe.

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                        • Q:

                          Will this work in Hyundai 2007 accent GS? Thank you
                          Asked on 11/23/2014 by Pushpak from Chicago,IL

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Hi Pushpak, I'm glad to help you! The part #773775 will be suitable for use in your 2007 Hyundai Accent. If you wanted to purchase this in a smaller container you can also use the part #VV324, and this will be the quart container.

                            Answered on 11/24/2014 by Solomon
                        • Q:

                          Can I use this in a 2007 Honda CRV? Thanks!
                          Asked on 10/27/2014 by Tommy from VT

                          1 answer

                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                            A:

                            Yes Tommy, you should be able to use this fluid in your 2007 Honda CRV as it is recommended for Honda Z-1 (except CVT) specifications.

                            Answered on 10/29/2014 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          can i use this in a 2004 Mitsubishi lancer ES?
                          Asked on 9/5/2014 by cody from United States

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Hi Cody, glad to assist you! This product is recommended for use where DEXRON, DEXRON II, III and VI, Toyota T-IV and WS, MERCON®, MERCON® SP and LV, Allison TES 295 and 389, Nissan Matic-D, Matic-J and Matic-K, Honda Z-1 (except CVT), Mercedes NAG-1, Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II and SP-III and many others are required.

                            Answered on 9/7/2014 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Will this work for a KIA SPECTRA 07 LX
                          Asked on 6/26/2014 by Jr from FL

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Great question, Jr.! This Valvoline MaxLife Dexron/Mercon ATF does meet the Hyundai/Kia SP-III specification and will work in your 2007 Kia Spectra LX.

                            Answered on 6/27/2014 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                        • Q:

                          can I use this in lexus rx350 2007 model
                          Asked on 5/30/2014 by pj from 10532

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Hi PJ, glad to assist you! This product is recommended for use where DEXRON, DEXRON II, III and VI, Toyota T-IV and WS, MERCON®, MERCON® SP and LV, Allison TES 295 and 389, Nissan Matic-D, Matic-J and Matic-K, Honda Z-1 (except CVT), Mercedes NAG-1, Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II and SP-III and many others are required.

                            Answered on 5/31/2014 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          I have a 1992 Ford F250 2wd Pickup with a 4.9l 6 cyl. engine and (4 speed + Overdrive) Manual Transmission. Is Dex / Merc the correct oil ? Please advise.

                          Chuck
                          Asked on 9/29/2013 by Chuck from Campbell River B.C

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Hi Chuck, with reference to your question, the Valvoline MaxLife Dextron/Mercon (ATF) Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 Gallon) - Part No. 773775, OEM Specification Approval(s): Meets DEXRON-VI, MERCON LV, Toyota WS, etc. Engineered with a unique blend of viscosity modifiers and base oils to provide better oil flow at low temperatures and greater film protection at higher temperatures. Long-life friction modifiers and premium base oils help improve smooth shifting, eliminate slippage and shudder, prevent clutch wear and improve drivability longer than conventional fluids. Enhanced cleaning additives help reduce varnish formation and keep the transmission running properly longer. MaxLife Dex/Merc automatic transmission fluid meets the Mercon V* specifications. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 9/30/2013 by Max from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Will this work for the 2006 Ford fusion with 5 speed transmission
                          Asked on 9/9/2013 by John B. from Boone, Co.

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            The Valvoline MaxLife MaxLife DEX/MERC ATF (1 Gallon) (Part No. 773775) is recommended for use where DEXRON, DEXRON II, III and VI, Toyota T-IV and WS, MERCON®, MERCON® SP and LV, Allison TES 295 and 389, Nissan Matic-D, Matic-J and Matic-K, Honda Z-1 (except CVT), Mercedes NAG-1, Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II and SP-III and many others are required. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 9/9/2013 by Steve from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Can I use mercon Lv Where mercon v is used.
                          Asked on 3/18/2013 by Mike from Nyc

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Sorry, with reference to your inquiry on the Valvoline MaxLife MaxLife DEX/MERC ATF (1 Gallon) - part# 773775, the Mercon LV fluids are a totally different specification and will not be compatible with the older Mercon V standard. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 3/19/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                        • Q:

                          is this compatible with mercon V ?
                          ton
                          Asked on 3/3/2013 by tony from grand junction,Michigan

                          2 answers

                          • A:

                            Per the valvoline web site, yes. They state:

                            Suitable for use in:
                            Ford MERCONÆ, MERCONÆV, MERCONÆSP and MERCONÆLV applications
                            GM DEXRONÆ-II, DEXRONÆ-III and DEXRONÆ-VI applications
                            Nissan/Infiniti Matic D, Matic J, Matic K, and Matic S applications
                            Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II and SP-III applications
                            Hyundai/ KIA SP-II, SP-III, SP-IV and SPH-IV applications
                            Subaru ATF and ATF-HP applications
                            Toyota/Lexus Type T, T-III, T-IV and WS (except hybrids) applications
                            Honda/Acura ATF-Z1 (except in CVTs) applications
                            Allison C4 and TES-389 applications
                            Mercedes Benz NAG1 applications
                            Volvo passenger car applications and STD 1273.41
                            Volkswagen TL52162
                            Voith H55.6335.33(G607) and H55.6335.33(G1363) applications

                            Answered on 9/16/2013 by tom from canton,ga
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                            A:

                            This Valvoline MaxLife MaxLife DEX/MERC ATF (1 Gallon) (Part No. 773775) is recommended for use where DEXRON, DEXRON II, III and VI, Toyota T-IV and WS, MERCON®, MERCON® SP and LV, Allison TES 295 and 389, Nissan Matic-D, Matic-J and Matic-K, Honda Z-1 (except CVT), Mercedes NAG-1, Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II and SP-III and many others are required. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                            Answered on 3/3/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                        • Q:

                          Do you beat competitors prices?
                          Asked on 11/7/2012 by Jman from NY

                          1 answer

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                            A:

                            Please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                            Answered on 11/8/2012 by Aaron from AAP
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