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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, the pump will work. Just more time laying on the ground, I'd rather fill it up standing instead and let gravity do its thing. I also meant to say the factory didn't put enough fluid in originally. I heard around that some others found that too.
Laziness gets the best of you haha, I'll try this project sometime in the next few months. Just gotta find some MTF and a pump.
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The shop I use put Red Line MTL in it at 30,000 miles. I'm in Northern New England, and the transmission shifts fine in the winter with the MTL in it.
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I use a pump I got from Autozone. It screws onto the top in place of the cap and has a piece of flexible hose on the end.
I would use the Ford Motorcraft stuff, not the Redline. Many people who have used Redline report that it is not good in colder weather. The Motorcraft is pretty much the best out there for your gearbox. I use it in my Miata and it makes a big difference. Its going in my 3 when the time comes.

Google this: Motorcraft XT-M5-QS 75W-90 GL-4

Whatever you go with, use GL4 fluid, not GL5.
Does it matter if its MT or ATX? I'm looking to replace the fluid in mine.
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Does it matter if its MT or ATX? I'm looking to replace the fluid in mine.
Automatic and manual transmissions are two completely different things. The above applies only to 6 speed manual shift cars.
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I would use the Ford Motorcraft stuff, not the Redline. Many people who have used Redline report that it is not good in colder weather.
My experience is the exact opposite of this. Red Line MTL is excellent, and shifts beautifully no matter the weather. I ran it for over 20 years in my previous Mazda. I will run it in this one when I change the fluid.
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Noob question here. I'm thinking about changing the MT fluid for my M3 at the dealership, and the service manager said I don't need to change it on this car until i reach 100,000km, or about 5 years of driving. Is that true? Or should I just go ahead and change it?
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Noob question here. I'm thinking about changing the MT fluid for my M3 at the dealership, and the service manager said I don't need to change it on this car until i reach 100,000km, or about 5 years of driving. Is that true? Or should I just go ahead and change it?
That is true - it won't NEED it for a rather long time, about 80k miles or so.
Most people on here are changing it to give better performance, smoother shifts and less hesitation in cold weather.
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I'm gearing up to do this on my 2015 s GT at 55k miles.

I'm between redline 75w80 GL-4 and the Ford Motorcraft 75w90 GL-4 fluids though. Which will be better?

Is there any reason that putting in 75w-90 when the car calls for 75w80 would be a problem?

Are there any other options out there I'm not considering?
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I also used Redline MTL with a pump I bought from Summit Racing.

The others already covered the process involved, so I won't go into that. However, I didn't notice much of a difference in the shift quality, even in colder weather (sub 32F/0C). I did notice a drop in fuel economy, thought. Not much, just 1 MPG or so.

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