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people with m5od problems please read!

well after a few months of my trans being hard to shift and grinding, i fixed it.

me and my dad put a new clutch in my truck and the trans tipped over and leaked out most of the synthetic fluid, so we filled it with cheap trans fluid he had laying around.

well, my trans was fine until it warmed up, then it would be really hard to shift into 2nd and 3rd, and you had to grind gears most of the time, i couldn't down shift it, it sucked, i thought something else major was bad.
it was like it was sticking into gears or the syncros where not working.

but! its fixed!

i went to autozone and got three quarts of "Synchromesh" for $20.

it didn't seem to help at first, but after about a mile down the road the trans is smooth as butter now.

feel free to ask any questions.

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Syncromesh? Is that synthetic trans fluid? My trans has been kind of picky lately, I am going to do the clutch and slave soon, maybe I should put this in instead of mobil 1.
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i have no idea if its synthetic, nor do i care, im not big on the "oh wow its synthetic" thing.
try it out.

http://www.pennzoil.com/products/gea...cro_fluid.html
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PennzoilŪ Synchromesh Fluid is a synchromesh transmission fluid designed for certain manual transaxles and manual transmissions used by General Motors or Chrysler. PennzoilŪ Synchromesh Fluid is formulated with high quality paraffinic base stocks, a fluidity modifier, multifunctional performance additives, corrosion inhibitors, a foam suppressor and a shear stable viscosity index improver additive. It provides excellent oxidation stability, low temperature performance, excellent synchronizer performance and compatibility with yellow metals, such as bronze, brass and copper components found in manual transaxles and transmissions. This product will satisfactorily lubricate General Motors or Chrysler manual transaxles and transmissions from -40°C to +150°C.

Benefits:

* Exhibits excellent low temperature performance
* Meets GM Specification 9985648 and Chrylser Specification MS-9224
* Suitable for use in GM manual transaxles and transmissions requiring GM Part No. 12345349 or 12345577
* Suitable for use in Chrylser transaxles and transmissions requiring Part No. 4874464
* Excellent synchronizer performance
* Excellent yellow metal compatibility
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^^^^ It specificly says several times that it is for GM and Chrysler...
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^^^^ It specificly says several times that it is for GM and Chrysler...
so?
it fixed my problem didn't it?
it has also fixed alot of others on RPS..
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^^^ I just don't like the fact that it isn't approved for Ford transmissions. Has anyone on RPS put any kind of miles on there vehicle with it? I drive 2000-2500 miles a month, so I would need to know that there aren't any long term affects. Sounds interesting though, I will have to look into it...
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^^^ I just don't like the fact that it isn't approved for Ford transmissions. Has anyone on RPS put any kind of miles on there vehicle with it? I drive 2000-2500 miles a month, so I would need to know that there aren't any long term affects. Sounds interesting though, I will have to look into it...
Amsoil isn't approved for anything, idk what the problem would be.

its made for manual transmissions, what could it harm?
it obliviously fixed the problem i had with my trans.
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a few people on here have switched to synchromesh also.
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Well I am hoping to get my clutch and slave put in soon, so I will put it in before we go up north for the holiday...but its your *** if I get stranded....LMAO. J/K
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Well I am hoping to get my clutch and slave put in soon, so I will put it in before we go up north for the holiday...but its your *** if I get stranded....LMAO. J/K
haha it will be fine man, i honestly can't see what it would harm.
if anything, its better because its yellow metal safe.

go upto autozone or w/e your prefer with about $21 and grab three quarts, its by the gear oil.
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oh um, i had to use a suction thingy, its hard as hell to put the fluid in without it.
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Ok I will... I usually go to Murray's but if auto zone has it for sure, I will just stop on the way home.

On a side note.... How did you bleed your slave? Every time I ask, I get a different answer, so I figured since you just did it and yours works, why not ask...
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im quoting this from one of my dads posts.

"the hydro system on these trucks is a "self bleeding" system

all you need to do is fill the master then open the bleeder screw and let it gravity bleed for a few minutes (do not let the master run dry) then close the bleeder screw and simply pump the pedal 40-50 times. the first couple of pumps you may have to help the pedal back to the top. and thats it."

heres a thing on TRS.
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...leedclutch.htm
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Ok I will... I usually go to Murray's but if auto zone has it for sure, I will just stop on the way home.
yeah most of the time i goto murrays, the prices seen to be lower, but autozone is walking distance from his work so i just went there.
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Ok... Too bad I don't live closer to your Dads shop, I would just have him do it...lol
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^^^^ It specificly says several times that it is for GM and Chrysler...
it never says its "only" for GM and Chrystler, what i got from it is those two require a certain type and only that type
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you wont use it because it isnt approved by ford? is penzoil part of gm?
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it never says its "only" for GM and Chrystler, what i got from it is those two require a certain type and only that type
yeah, its basically a better fluid for manual transmissions, it helps the synchros, idk im sure someone that knows more about this kind of stuff will chime in.
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^^^ I am going to try it, but I was just concerned that it said GM and Chrysler but not Ford.
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PennzoilŪ Synchromesh Fluid is formulated with high quality paraffinic base stocks,
does that fact they use paraffin, which is used to make candles, bother anyone? it does me. not trying to start anything, just a thought.
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I will be picking up some as well I think...Ranger has only 44,000 on it but not sure when they replaced it last so might as well start new :).
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ya that **** don't work
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ya that **** don't work
wth are you talking about, ive had it in my truck for a few weeks now and it made my trans feel new again.
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haha, all his ****s in caps, dont worry about him haha


i use ATF like it calls for, why is calls for AUTOMATIC transmission fluid will always be a mystery to me, maybe ill switch over to syncromesh next time i flush it, i used to work at Vatozone, always saw it but never heard anything about it
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