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used mb gearbox dipstick to check level and oil is diff colour

i bought atf from mb i gave them my vin number and the oil theu gave me is red, when i dipped the gearbox it was clear/yellowy colour, is this ok
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Most of the newer ATF is backwards compatible. What type of MB do you have and how old is the fluid? If it's been in there for 40,000+ miles I'd change it completely to the newest compatible fluid plus the filter if you have one. I'd also check for a leak in the system.

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Most of the newer ATF is backwards compatible. What type of MB do you have and how old is the fluid? If it's been in there for 40,000+ miles I'd change it completely to the newest compatible fluid plus the filter if you have one. I'd also check for a leak in the system.
hi thanks for reply, i have 2005 clk 500 it has done 60,000 miles, so will they mix ok
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HOLD ON!!! If you have a 2005 CLK500 then you have the 7speed transmission. Which does NOT have a dipstick. You fill the transmission through the drain plug with a special tool. The yellowish/clear fluid that you checked is your engine oil!!! The transmission fluid is red and the more miles there are on it, the darker it gets. NOT yellow.

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HOLD ON!!! If you have a 2005 CLK500 then you have the 7speed transmission. Which does NOT have a dipstick. You fill the transmission through the drain plug with a special tool. The yellowish/clear fluid that you checked is your engine oil!!! The transmission fluid is red and the more miles there are on it, the darker it gets. NOT yellow.
Sorry its the 2003 clk 500 i have , the filler/dipstick plug is next to the engine oil filler but lower down, but it has made me wonder why is the atf in there not red like the atf i got from mb, since ive put the atf in the car pulls away fine and theres no slipping anymore but i havent driven it just tried it on my drive way
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..... but it has made me wonder why is the atf in there not red like the atf i got from mb, ......
rest assured...the red dye in your new ATF is not permanent. As the fluid ages, it may become darker or become brown.

btw, when you check the ATF level, sniff the fluid on the end of the dipstick. If it smells like burnt toast, the fluid has 'cooked' itself and is no longer capable of providing proper lubrication for the transmission. At that point it must be replaced, or expensive gearbox maintenance is assured.

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