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Transmission Fluid for 2004 RWD.

Hi everyone- i am planning to change my 2004 RWD car transmission fluid since oil pan appeared a little wet!
I will order pan gasket and filter. However, i am not sure which fluid and how many quarts that need for the transmission. I have read thru forum regarding tranny fluid Shell 134 etc. Where can i buy transmission fluid beside dealer? Can i buy fluid from dealer? Thanks so much for your input.
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Thank you Roadking for your information. Mine is 2004 E320 so it's 722.6 or722.9 transmission? and should use 236.10 or 236.12 ATF ?

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722.6,
236.1 is obsolete, if you go to dealer they will give you ATF134 at $19/Liter, the same stuff from shell is $5.50 and is approved by MB
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Roadking, the link you gave us above is for Penzoil, how about Shell 134? They are two difference manufacture or the same?
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Your car use 236.10 spec. Although the 236.12 and 236.14 claimed to be backward compatible, some have problem with rough shifting after using them on the 722.6 tranny. On the other note, I haven't heard anyone complain about 236.10, so it's best to use it.

Personally, I've used other fluids that claim to meet 236.10 spec. (although not approved my MB).

MB 236.10 sheet

MB 236.10 Flüssigkeitsgetriebeöl (ATF) A 001 989 21 03 Daimler AG
Mercedes-Benz Getriebeöl Blatt 236.10 Daimler AG
Shell ATF 3403-M 115

You can get it at autohausaz, get the genuine mercedes A001 989 21 03 . Complete flush 14 quarts, drop pan and replace 4 quarts.

http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...ber=0019892103

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Thank you Roadking and Jeffrey, your information are very helpful. I haven't change my transmission fluid yet and i believe it's original fluid. Now it's time to change the fluid, however, i won't to fluid flush. I will replace 4-5 liters for first time after dropping the pan, replace gasket and filter. Running for few hundreds miles then suction the transmission fluid from fill tube then refill the amount taken out. Repeat for 2,3 times i think i will get 85-95% of new fluid in transmission.

My question here is: my car transmission fluid now is original (not sure exactly what fluid MB used 8 years ago), can i use Shell 134 or any 236.10 for partial transmission fluid change?
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Thank you Roadking and Jeffrey, your information are very helpful. I haven't change my transmission fluid yet and i believe it's original fluid. Now it's time to change the fluid, however, i won't to fluid flush. I will replace 4-5 liters for first time after dropping the pan, replace gasket and filter. Running for few hundreds miles then suction the transmission fluid from fill tube then refill the amount taken out. Repeat for 2,3 times i think i will get 85-95% of new fluid in transmission.

My question here is: my car transmission fluid now is original (not sure exactly what fluid MB used 8 years ago), can i use Shell 134 or any 236.10 for partial transmission fluid change?
That's quite a good approach. Please fill out your user profile so members can be more helpful.

To answer your question:
And it's just my opinion, as I said earlier "Although the 236.12 and 236.14 claimed to be backward compatible, some have problem with rough shifting after using them on the 722.6 tranny. On the other note, I haven't heard anyone complain about 236.10, so it's best to use it." Since Shell 134 is 236.14, it should work but MAY NOT be the best.

Personally, I've used the Valvoline Maxlife (on my 2003 E500) which claim to meet 236.10 or NAG1, it works nicely. Other members also have used it for a while and had no problem, some also claimed that it reduces noises and provides smoother shifting.

Check out this thread if you are interested. By the way, I am not a Val Maxlife saleman.

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w210...d-722-6-a.html
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Interesting Jeff. I agree with you at this point, using 236.10 for 722.6 is safer application. Do you have a link and/or detail about Valvoline Maxlife fluid available?
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Interesting Jeff. I agree with you at this point, using 236.10 for 722.6 is safer application. Do you have a link and/or detail about Valvoline Maxlife fluid available?
Go to autozone or advanceautopart website and look for Val Maxfile ATF fluid.
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