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Old 08-11-2019, 07:00 PM   #1
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Question ZF 80A transmission

How often do you change the fluid/filter?


Says 300 hours,

Can I use DEX 6


What do you use
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What does the manual say?
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Filter is cleanable. Wire mesh strainer, really, no need to replace. Get fresh seals, though. If Dex 6 is backwards compatible, then yes. But check the manual or online specs. Do a couple fluid changes during break in, then every few hundred hours or few years.
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I have no history if or when the filters were changed, so I'll just buy new for now so I have a base line.


The manual says DexIII, which is no longer on the market, they list many foreign recommendations which are not avail here and
since they say dex III I think that list is obsolete.


Like feedback from other users of this tranny
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Dex 3

I bought 4 gallons of Dex III at Walmart last month.
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In the past, i’ve discarded the filter. How do you clean it? It’s not cheap @~$34 ea.
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I have the same transmissions and used Castrol Transmax DEX/MERC transmission fluid from Advance Auto. Says it meets Dextron III. https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...9fcb/8140021-p
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In the past, iíve discarded the filter. How do you clean it? Itís not cheap @~$34 ea.
Take it out, rinse in diesel or gasoline or brake cleaner, blow out with compressed air or just shake it out. It's just a wire mesh strainer.
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Take it out, rinse in diesel or gasoline or brake cleaner, blow out with compressed air or just shake it out. It's just a wire mesh strainer.
Exactly...
Cleaning is relatively easy.
Never having seen one I bought a replacement so I could do the change & refill then clean the old one and put in the spares bin with my other filters.
Once you see it I'm sure you will agree that cleaning is straight forward.
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