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ATF Automatic Transmission Fluids

Designed to protect critical transmission components, Castrol’s range of automatic transmission fluids will help prolong component life. Discover the range.

ATF Automatic Transmission Fluids

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUIDS

 

Automatic transmissions are now more complex than ever. In fact, the automatic transmission is perhaps the most complicated mechanical component in a car. The automatic transmission combines electrical & mechanical systems, hydraulics and computer processors to shift smoothly through the gears and transfer engine power to the drive wheels. They place huge demands on automatic transmission fluids (also known as ATF oil).   

 

CASTROL ATF FLUID PRODUCT RANGE

 

Castrol offers a wide range of ATF fluids designed to protect critical transmission components and help prolong component life. These include our premium Castrol Transmax ATF  fluids formulated with Smooth Drive Technology™ to provide smoother gear changes for longer and deliver a more relaxing drive.

 

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUIDS FAQs

 

Q: Why can I find EP on the label of ATF oils?

A: EP stands for extreme pressure. EP is an additive designed to stop metal-to-metal contact taking place between transmission components.

 

Q: Will synthetic gear oils and mineral gear oils mix together?

A: Yes, but always check the specifications in your manufacturer’s handbook to make sure that you are using an oil of the right specification.

 

Q: Are filled for life gear oils a good idea?

A: In theory these are fine but it’s a good idea to change ATF fluids periodically to flush out wear debris. You should consult your manufacturer’s handbook for recommendations.

 

WHAT IS AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION?


An automatic transmission is a multi-speed transmission which transfers power from the engine to the driveshaft without the driver having to change gears. 

 

TYPES OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUIDS

 

Over the years there have been different types of ATF oil or trans fluid developed by different manufacturers and the introduction of new technologies.

 

  1. Type F – This is now a rarity and can only be found in the gearbox of classic cars.
  2. Dexron III/Mercon - This is one of the most common automatic transmission fluids on the market and is the right ATF fluid for most GM and Ford cars as well as many Japanese and European brands. 
  3. HFM-Style Fluids – These ATF oils have been specially developed for all Audi, VW, Porsche, Volvo, Toyota, Lexus and Saab models (amongst others) fitted with an Aisin Warner automatic transmission.

 

Synthetic Fluids offer improved resistance to heat, cold, oxidation and sheer and are the reason why many manufacturers have eliminated the transmission dipstick. Their improved characteristics mean that there is less reason to access a vehicle’s transmission and its operation between services. 

 

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID vs MANUAL TRANSMISSION FLUID

 

Automatic transmission fluids are distinctly different from fluids made for manual transmissions. The properties of a high performing ATF fluid are:

  1. Heat resistance and thermal stability to help prevent deposit and sludge from forming due to high temperatures
  2. Frictional characteristics to enable smooth gear changes by supplying the correct friction to the transmission clutches and bands
  3. Extreme pressure/load carrying performance to ensure anti-wear and gear durability
  4. Viscosity stability or proper fluid thickness over a wide temperature range
  5. Low temperature flow to ensure effective operation of hydraulics and electronics controls at low temperature


Key performance and protection requirements for manual transmissions: 

 

  1. Synchronizer compatibility, durability and shift quality. 
  2. The transmission synchronizer must engage smoothly for proper shift performance.
  3. Anti-wear and load carrying components in the transmission fluid must ensure long synchronizer life and gear protection. 


Always consult your car’s handbook to make sure you find the correct fluid for your transmission.

TRANSMAX ATF DEXRON®-VI MERCON® LV MULTIVEHICLE

CASTROL TRANSMAX ATF DEXRON®-VI MERCON® LV MULTIVEHICLE

Castrol Transmax DEXRON®-VI MERCON® LV Multivehicle
Full synthetic transmission fluid, formulated with Smooth Drive TechnologyTM, approved and licenced by GM and Ford for use in vehicles requiring their latest ATF specifications. Suitable for use in most Asian and European automatic transmissions.

MEETS OR EXCEEDS INDUSTRY STANDARDS:

 

  • GM DEXRON®-VI (J-60172)
  • Ford MERCON® LV (MLV141002)
  • Meets JASO 1A LV₍₁₃₎
  • Suitable for use where the following are called for: Aisin Warner AW-1, AW-2; AML Oil No. G 055005 A1 / A2 / A6; ATF M1375.4; D3M; MA-1; SP; Bentley Oil No. PY112995PA; BMW Oil No. 8322 0142516, 83 22 2 3 55 599 (ATF6), 83 22 2 413 477 (ATF7), 83 22 2 289 720 (ATF3+), ETL 7045E, LA 2634, LT 71141; Chrysler Oil No. 68157995AA, ATF+4; Daihatsu AMMIX ATF D-III Multi D3-SP; Ford MERCON® ULV ATF, MERCON SP, M2C924-A, M2C949-A; GM 1940767, GM DEXRON II, III, IIIH; Honda ATF Type 3.1, 08263-999--01HE (EU), DW 1/Z-1; Hyundai/Kia SP III, SP IV, SP IV M, SP IV RR, Oil No. 040000C905G; Isuzu, Red 1; Jaguar Oil No. 02JDE 26444, Fluid 8432; JASO 1A₍₀₃₎, JWS 3314, 3317, 3309, 3324; Land Rover Oil No. LR023288, TYK500050; MB 236.10, 236.12, 236.14, 236.15, 236.17; Maserati Oil No. 231603; Mazda ATF M-III, M-V, FZ; Mitsubishi SP II, IIM, III, IV, PA, J3; Nissan Matic D, J, S; Subaru F6, Red 1; Suzuki AT Oil 5D06, 2384K; Toyota T III, T IV, WS; Volvo 1161540; VW / Audi TL 52990 (G 052 990), TL 55540 (G 055 540), TL 60162 (G 060 162); ZF Lifeguardfluid 6, Lifeguardfluid 8; the OFF ROAD application Volvo 97342 (AT 102); Porsche; 7 and 9 speed automatics from Mercedes Benz, and 8 and 9-speed automatics from Audi, BMW, Mini-Cooper, Jaguar, Peugeot/Citroen, Saab, Volvo, and VW, whose specification or part number is not specifically mentioned above
TRANSMAX ATF DEX/MERC MULTIVEHICLE

CASTROL Transmax ATF Dex/Merc Multivehicle

Transmax ATF Dex/Merc Multivehicle
For use in the automatic transmissions of a wide range of Japanese cars, light commercial vehicles and SUVs and in GM and Ford vehicles requiring Dexron III or Mercon fluids.

MEETS OR EXCEEDS INDUSTRY STANDARDS:

 

  • Meets Dexron®-IIIH, Mercon®
  • Suitable for use where JASO 1A₍₀₃₎, JASO 1A LV₍₁₃₎ is required including: Toyota T III, T IV, WS; Mitsubishi SP II, IIM, III, IV, PA, J3; Mazda ATF M-III, M-V, FZ; Honda/Acura DW 1/Z 1; Nissan Matic D, J, S; JWS 3314/3317/ 3309; Suzuki AT Oil 5D06, 2384K; Isuzu; Subaru F6; Red 1; Daihatsu AMMIX ATF D-III Multi, D3-SP; Hyundai/Kia SP III, SP IV
  • Suitable for use as Power steering fluid.
TRANSMAX ATF DX III MULTIVEHICLE

CASTROL TRANSMAX ATF DX III MULTIVEHICLE

Castrol Transmax Dex III Multivehicle
For use in GM automatic transmissions pre 2005 and Ford automatic transmissions built between 1983 and 1996 where DEXRON® (II or III) or MERCON® are required. Approved for use in many European heavy duty automatic transmissions.

MEETS OR EXCEEDS INDUSTRY STANDARDS:

 

  • Allison TES-389
  • MAN 339 L1, V1, Z1
  • MB-Approval 236.9
  • Voith H55.6335.xx
  • Volvo Transmission Oil 97341-071
  • ZF TE-ML 04D, 14A
  • Meets Allison C4
  • Meets Ford Mercon®, GM Dexron® IIIH*
  • Meets the requirements of Volvo Transmission Oil 97340
*GM Dexron III(H) supersedes GM Dexron II(D)
Transmax ATF Z

CASTROL TRANSMAX ATF Z

Transmax ATF Z
Full synthetic transmission fluid, formulated with Smooth Drive TechnologyTM, for use in automatic and semi automatic transmissions of  buses and coaches.

MEETS OR EXCEEDS INDUSTRY STANDARDS:

 

  • MAN 339 V2, Z3, Z12
  • MB-Approval 236.81
  • Voith H55.6336.xx
  • VW/Audi 501 60
  • ZF TE-ML 04D; 11B; 14C; 16M; 16S; 20C; 25C
  • Meets JASO 1A₍₀₃₎
  • Suitable for use where the following are called for: JASO 1A LV₍₁₃₎; Toyota T, T II, T III, T IV, WS; Nissan Matic D, J, S; Mitsubishi SP II, IIM, III, PA, J3, SP IV; Mazda ATF M-III, M-V, JWS 3317, FZ; Subaru F6, Red 1; Daihatsu AMMIX ATF D-III Multi, D3-SP; Suzuki AT Oil 5D06, 2384K; JWS 3314, 3317; Hyundai/Kia SP III, SP IV; Aisin Transmissions requiring JWS 3309; Honda/Acura DW 1/Z1; Isuzu (where Toyota T-IV is required); BMW, VW, Audi and Jaguar 5 speed automatic transmission and MB 4 and 5 speed automatic transmissions; BMW Oil No. 8322.9407807; Citroen Oil No. Z 000169756; Jaguar Oil No. JLM 20238, LA 2634, LT 71141; Mercedes Benz Oil No. 0019892203, MB 236.1, 236.6, 236.7, 236.9, 236.10; Peugeot Oil No. Z 000169756; Porsche Oil No. 999.917.547.00; VW / Audi TL 52162 (G 052 162); ZF Lifeguardfluid 5
TRANSMAX DUAL

CASTROL TRANSMAX DUAL

Castrol Transmax Dual
Full synthetic dual clutch transmission fluid, formulated with Smooth Drive TechnologyTM, approved and factory-filled by Audi. Recommended for use in major equipment and car manufacturers, including GetragFord, Volvo, Mitsubishi and Chrysler (European models) and suitable for use in VW, SEAT and Skoda (6 speed) DSG.

MEETS OR EXCEEDS INDUSTRY STANDARDS:

 

  • VW / Audi TL 52529 (G 052 529)
  • Recommended for use in the following: VW / Audi TL 52182 (G 052 182), Seat; Chrysler (Europe); Ford WSS-M2C936-A (Dual Clutch); Mitsubishi dual clutch including Dia Queen SSTF-1; Peugeot using Getrag DCT, PSA Transmission oil 9734 52; Skoda 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DSG); Volvo Dual Clutch Transmission
TRANSMAX CVT

CASTROL TRANSMAX CVT

Castrol Transmax CVT
Full synthetic transmission fluid, formulated with Smooth Drive TechnologyTM, for use in continuously variable transmissions (CVT) of most passenger cars. Recommended for use in most passenger cars fitted with push belt technologies.

MEETS OR EXCEEDS INDUSTRY STANDARDS:

 

  • Suitable for use where the following are called for: Toyota CVT Fluid TC, FE; Nissan CVT Fluid NS-1, NS-2, NS-3 ; MMC DIAQUEEN ATF SP-III, CVT Fluid J1, CVT Fluid J4, CVT Fluid J4+; Mazda CVTF 3320, Subaru i-CVT Fluid, i-CVT FG, Lineartronic II; Lineartronic High Torque Chain CVTF; Daihatsu AMMIX CVT Fluid DC, CVT Fluid DFE; Suzuki CVT Fluid 3320, Green 1, Green 2, CVTF TC, NS-2; Honda HCF-2 *; Hyundai/Kia SP-III, SP-CVT 1; Chrysler NS-2, CVTF+4; Mini Cooper EZL799; Ford CVT23; MB 236.20; VW / Audi TL 52180 (G 052 180), TL 52516 (G 052 516); Dex CVT
*Transmax CVT is suitable for use in all of Honda CVTs except 2001-2007 Model Honda Fit/Jazz which are equipped with Starting Clutch.