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Automatic transmission fluid explained

Lubricants are the lifeblood of a vehicle and just as an engine oil keeps the components inside well lubricated and performing at the best possible level, Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) protects the components inside automatic transmissions.

An ATF is specifically designed to meet the needs of transmission systems, which have unique requirements that are not found in other mechanisms. For example, a transmission system will need a fluid that provides pressure to the valves and protection for components such as the torque converter – An ATF addresses these issues and much more.

To meet the challenging conditions inside an auto gearbox, ATFs use additives for enhanced lubricating qualities. They are resistant to wear and enhance the rust and corrosion resistance of the metal surrounding them. They are also strengthened with detergents and other compounds that protect and clean metallic surfaces. They also provide stable viscosity across a wide temperature range and other compounds, extending the lives of seals.

The majority of damage that a gearbox suffers takes place during gear shifts, high-speed operations and start-up. The transmission starts taking damage from the very first second the engine is started up. As the lubricating fluid rests in the sump, the gears start turning, increasing the friction. During these key moments, low-grade lubricants won’t be able to prevent damage to the transmission, but a high-quality fluid can protect the mechanism at both low and high temperatures. Also, as the temperatures increase the components are put under greater stress. High-quality lubricants don’t lose their lubrication properties, even at these higher temperatures. For automatic transmissions, Total has developed the Fluidmatic LV MV, an ATF that is designed to deliver outstanding performance in extreme conditions.

Fluidmatic LV MV
Your vehicle transmission is just as important as your engine, working hard to maximise your overall engine-transmission performance. Developed in state-of-the-art research facilities, Total Fluidmatic LV MV is just what you need for longer protection, higher efficiency and industry-approved performance.
Fluidmatic LV MV is a multi-purpose low viscosity automatic transmission fluid developed for the latest generation of high efficiency 6 and 7-speed planetary gearboxes. A lubricant with exceptional friction and anti-shudder performances, this ATF has been selected with specific friction modifiers that provide excellent friction characteristics.

A technically low viscosity, high-performance lubricant, Fluidmatic MV LV provides a strong oxidation control of the fluid, even in extreme conditions, while also having outstanding film-strength and antiwear properties that are needed for best performances.
Fluidmatic MV LV is suitable for use in all automatic transmissions requiring either GM Dexron VI, Ford Mercon LV, Mercedes Benz approvals, Nissan Matic S, Hyundai/Kia SP-IV, Honda Z1 or Toyota T-WS fluid specifications. It also meets the requirements of main transmission manufacturers such as Toyota T-WS (JWS 3324), Hyundai/Kia SP-IV, Nissan Matic S, JASO 1A, GM Dexron VI, Ford Mercon LV, ZF M-1375.4 (6HP), Honda ATF DW-1 and MB 236.12 & 236.14.
This product is available today from Finol Oils, the official distributor of Total Lubricants in Ireland. To find out more about this product and other ranges, contact Finol Oils today at 01-4555484 or go to