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    Posted: 30-June-2010 at 1:34AM
After changing the filter and fluid in my C4, I used up most of my old stock of Type F transmission fluid. After checking my local parts stores, it has become apparent that Type F is not readily available. So, who makes Type F and what does everybody else use?
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Castrol makes it.  You can usually find it at Advance Auto Parts.  That's what I run in my C4.
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i buy it at napa

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The last bottle of Type F I bought came from Wal-Mart, SuperTech brand, and it is plain Type F. I think they are phasing it out and trying to get people to use the "universal" fluids they have now. They aren't, and I won't, but I'll drive around to stores out in the sticks and buy up old stock when I have the cash to do it.

I haven't had to do a thing to this transmission. It was full and pink when I got it. It's full and pink now. I only bought that bottle of Type F ATF to top off the power steering.
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up here, there is a place called Salvo auto parts that carries a lot of the off brands. Also, Advanced auto parts and I want to say Autozone carry it. I wonder why the power steering runs on transmission fluid? Makes you think.

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I buy my type F at Autozone.
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Pennzoil makes it, so does Valvoline. 
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Originally posted by moose0211 moose0211 wrote:

up here, there is a place called Salvo auto parts that carries a lot of the off brands. Also, Advanced auto parts and I want to say Autozone carry it. I wonder why the power steering runs on transmission fluid? Makes you think.


Why not?  All it's made to be is hydraulic fluid with detergents.
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Heck, alot of screw drive air compressors run trans fluid for oil. Used many a gallon when I was a compressor tech.
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When I was in high school the PS pump on my '75 sedan made all sorts of racket. I discovered there was regular generic PS fluid in there. I sucked out all I could siphoning it. Topped off with Type F. Quieted WAY down but was still groaning a bit under load. Still blew the pump later (and fogged up a good portion of I-35E near Corinth, causing road rage from an off-duty cop) and had to change it and the high pressure hose. But when I put the new pump in it got ALL Type F. Didn't have a problem after that.

The Type F fluid is a fairly thick hydraulic fluid. Type A is thinner, and Dexron is in between I think. When the PS rack in my Aerostar leaked I cheapened myself and bought Type A from dollar stores. It leaked out slower and it ran quieter than Type F or regular PS fluid. Who knew? You'd think the thick Type F would leak out slower? Maybe Type A is thicker? I think it's for OLD cars like Powerglides and 50s-60s Hydra-matics.
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Here is a link to an interesting (albeit brief) discussion about ATF.

http://www.aa1car.com/library/atf.htm


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If you have an O'Reilly's near you, they have a crap load.  That is where I by mine, they even sell it by the gallon I believe.  Not sure of an actual manu but they do have their own they sell.  Hope that helps!
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Good link!
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Interesting article but I am confused (or old age is affecting my memory).
Turning a wrench in the early 70's including a transmission shop, I cannot recall ever hearing of CV tranny fluid. In the article it indicates this a special C6 fluid but I clearly recall even on Ford Police cars that we used Type F.
Does anyone here even know if CV is still available or even needed?
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I found any gas stations around here no longer have type F!
No way in hell will I mix the new age with type F.
I like my older fords. Type F for Power steering. Type F for the transmission.
I know the newer stuff uses like the mercon/dextron2-3 oils, but I have resorted to just carrying type F in my '79 F150 because anymore, the thing leaks bad.
Trying to hold off, because it's not going to be a gasket job, it'll be a pull the front clip and the entire drivetrain type of event.

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I called Advanced Auto Parts and they wanted 3.99 / Qt for Castrol   Type F !! Bunch of HOGS !
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That's how much I paid about at Kragen Auto, is tht bad? Only place I found type F.

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The SuperTech Type F is barely 2.50 a quart at Wal-Mart.
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Now does it really matter what brand I should be buying of Type F?

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I run whatever I can find. 
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I sell regular DEX III for 2.50 / QT
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I bought some at a walmart after said wild goose chase with 5 gas stations not having type F. Funny, in rural places, I can find type F in gas stations. Probably because of all the old Fords still living in the sticks around here.
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