SOMEBODY PUT THE WRONG TRANS FLUID IN THE TRANS

  • Tiny
  • OregonOldMan
  • 1988 Ford Ranger
  • 2.9L
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • manual
  • 104,300 miles

1988 Ranger Custom inherited from father-in-law.
The Haynes repair book says there were 2 transmissions made for this truck.
Mazda M50D which uses MERCON Auto Trans fluid.
Mitsubishi M50D which uses SAE 80W standard trans lubricant.
The Haynes book says I have the Mitsubishi Trans BUT THERES MERCON IN THERE.
A couple of years ago I went to a Nationally known 'Quick Lube' place and of course they said it needed to be changed, which I said ok to.
I've also taken the truck to the local Ford dealer and had the oil changed, and some repairs done.
So what do I do - is the wrong stuff in there? - There is NO drivability issues, it shifts smoothly, no noise, nothing that I can think of that's wrong. I'd just like to use the CORRECT FLUID and if possible that it is the gear lube that's the right one I would like to use a synthetic lube as I don't drive that many miles per year (I've also been using Mobile 1 in the engine) The photos enclosed are of the label on the drivers side of the trans.
and of the decal on the drivers door.
Thanks for your help, Patrick-OrOldMan

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Friday, July 25th, 2014 AT 8:33 AM

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  • Wrenchtech
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My factory service data show MerconV only for that vehicle. It does not show any other option or trans applying to that vehicle so you have the correct fluid.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014 AT 9:20 AM
  • Tiny
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Thank you so much for the quick reply. I noticed that only the photo with the VIN info showed up.
In the Haynes manual they stated that the trans model no. FM 146 which is on the trans label I have was the Mitsubishi that takes the SAE 80W gear lube that's why I was concerned. It goes to show you that sometimes info can be wrong - Ford knows best.
Thank you again I'm very pleased that your service is available, Patrick

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Friday, July 25th, 2014 AT 1:11 PM
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Just so you know, you can't trust Haynes Manuals.

If you want accurate info go to www. Alldatadiy. Com

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Friday, July 25th, 2014 AT 1:16 PM

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