Presently, I am using coastal multi vehicle Mercon V ATF for almost 2 months now, and the shift is not smooth especially in the morning. I could feel the shift slightly as it changes, Performance is sluggish compare to before now, It tends to jerk very slightly as the gear changes.
Fluid is only one of many factors for shifting quality. It can be valve body or the clutches.
Did this problem exist before changing fluid?
Have you changed the fluid as required by the owners manual?
February, 19, 2013 AT 12:23 PM
The problem doesn't exist before the fluid change. I started observing it a month after the fluid change, and I didn't do a transmission flush, it was a drain and fill. Though the OEM ATF recommended was Mazda ATF M-V but since I was unable to get it, I had to make do with the coastal multi vehicle Mercon V that states its compatible to the OEM. One thing I observed again, is after a long drive when the transmission is warmed up much, the shift will be a little smooth all through that day until the next morning when it will be rough again at start of the day.
February, 19, 2013 AT 12:26 PM
Ok, the mixing of fluid may be [art of it.
I would have all the fluid removed from the trans and have the correct fluid installed. Make sure the converter is completely drained.
Start there. It may take a little time for results as the fluid will have to penetrate the clutches.
February, 19, 2013 AT 12:36 PM
Could you recommend a best compatible aftermarket ATF for my mazda 6 because from other forums online, there are complaints that coastal ATF is not too good as it has low cold viscosity performance.
February, 19, 2013 AT 12:44 PM
I would get the fluid directly from the dealer. Dont play around with the aftermarkets.
An opinion from a trans shop may help too. They rebuild them all the time. Find out what fluid they use.
February, 19, 2013 AT 12:50 PM
Thanks so much Roy. You just relieved me from this transmission issue frustration. And I have just learnt this from you; "never mix transmission fluids in your car trans". Thanks man, I shall keep you update on how far I have gone with it. Expecting best compatible ATF recommendations from you, please.