What is the right transmission fluid for 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 XL?

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#1

Can anyone please recommend the right type of fluid for 1969 Ford Galaxie 500 XL with automatic transmission (C6), Y engine (8 Cyl. 390 CID)? What currently available brand/type/grade would be appropriate? Please mention more, if there are options - this is for a friend in Europe that is looking for guidance for his recently bought Galaxie… Thank you.


#2

As I recall, it takes “Type F” transmission fluid. It is also possible that Mercon fluid, which came later, is compatible, but I will leave it to Tester, Transman & OK4450 to state whether I am correct here.


#3

Thank you… he also heard and tried GM Dexron III, but apparently that did not work quite well…


#4

Type “F” it is, plainly marked on the dipstick. Dexron is WAY to “slippery” for an old Ford transmission. It will slip badly when shifting…Have your friend google “Type F transmission fluid” and go from there…


#5

You need Type F fluid. Dexron/Mercon will not do the trick. Type F is available at Advance Auto and probably other stores. Valvoline, Pennzoil and Mobil all still make it. You will probably need to do a flush on the AT to get the Dexron, etc out. This may take some repetitive pan drops and fluid exchanges.


#6

I suspect that car will have a drain plug in the torque converter. Remove the bellhousing splash shield and turn the flex plate until you see the drain plug…That way, ALL the fluid can be changed…