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Unread 09-19-2005, 10:56 AM   #1
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Lesson Learned

About a week ago, I mail ordered 4qts of Redline MTL $40, and got around to changing the oil yesterday. The gears seemed to be a little notchy...I was confused b/c I had read so many good things about the MTL fuild. So back to the computer for a quick search and realize I have the NV3550 and not the AX-15. So this morning I go pick up the MoPar fuild (same price as the MTL) and quickly swapped the fuilds.

End result, the trany now shifts much smoother without the notchy shifts I had experienced with the MTL.

The lesson learned...get the Spec Sheet from DC...don't assume anything.

btw, I did read a post by someone saying the MTL could be used in the NV3550 tranys...I would say it is pretty obvious that it will not work.

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Unread 09-19-2005, 12:10 PM   #2
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Can I look up the specs to my vehicle on line or do I need to go to a dealer? We do not have a DC dealer in my town.
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Unread 09-19-2005, 01:30 PM   #3
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http://www.stu-offroad.com/misc/maint.htm

Good info there. Read the stuff below the table...
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Unread 09-19-2005, 03:23 PM   #4
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"Can I look up the specs to my vehicle on line or do I need to go to a dealer? We do not have a DC dealer in my town."

You need to use the "contact us" link on the DC website. Give them your VIN and they will send you a spec sheet on your Jeep.


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http://www.stu-offroad.com/misc/maint.htm

Good info there. Read the stuff below the table...

Great site and the reason I went with RedLine MTL. After reading that site I thought there were only the ax-5 or the ax-15 (4 cyl or 6cyl). Since I have a 6cyl I ASSumed the trany was the AX-15. I did not even know about the NV3550 until I received the spec sheet from DC.
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Unread 09-19-2005, 04:08 PM   #5
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I can not recall reading any threads or sites where MTL was recommended for a NV3550.

MT-90 is almost always recommended for AX-15 and AX-5 units. I personally use MT-90, MTL or a mix of both in my AX-15.

That being said, it sounds as though your refill with the correct fluid solved the temporary problem you experienced.

And as I've said before, even DC is not always correct. If you follow the info in the early years TJ owner manual, you will be using GL-5 fluid in your manual tranny....and that is NOT what is required. At least they got it right in the FSM.
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Unread 09-19-2005, 04:34 PM   #6
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...ghlight=nv3550

There's the post about MTL in theNV3550...not hardly worth the read.

Thanks for the website Stu! I was a little lost on the type of trany I had...all is much better now,
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Unread 09-19-2005, 08:26 PM   #7
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Glad I could help point you in a good direction. There are several sites that are EXCELLENT for working on your TJ - Stu's is one of them.

Others include:
www.4x4xplor.com
www.4x4icon.com
www.stu-offroad.com (LOTS of stuff on there)

I would bookmark each of these sites. You WILL use them repeatedly.
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Unread 09-19-2005, 08:46 PM   #8
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Paul, what part of N. AL are you from?
I am from Florence...
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Unread 09-20-2005, 08:18 AM   #9
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I've seen a few posts recommending MTL in the NV3550, mostly be people regurgitating bad information.

The ONLY recommended fluids for the NV3500 are the Mopar stuff, Penzoil Synchomesh (same thing as the Mopar, lots cheaper), and supposedly Royal Purple Synchomax (don't know anyone who runs it though...). Supposedly Red Line is working on something to be compatible.
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Unread 09-20-2005, 08:21 AM   #10
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hehe that IS 10 characters, but I'll add this too.
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Unread 09-20-2005, 08:50 AM   #11
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Glad I could help point you in a good direction. There are several sites that are EXCELLENT for working on your TJ - Stu's is one of them.

Others include:
www.4x4xplor.com
www.4x4icon.com
www.stu-offroad.com (LOTS of stuff on there)

I would bookmark each of these sites. You WILL use them repeatedly.
It would really help people like Stu if you would PayPal those who own the sites a few $$$ to help maintain the sites. I sent Stu $25 recently because I have gotten more from his site than I could have ever have learned from a $25 "fix-it-manual" I could buy. All 3 of the above do an excellent job of documenting real world mods and problems. They have put a lot of effort into building their sites and deserve our support.

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Unread 09-20-2005, 10:56 AM   #12
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I run the Royal Purple Syncromax in my NV3550....works great. Can't say if it is better then the DC stuff but i was able to get it without a trip to the dealer and the RP was only 6.80 a quart. I run the RP Max Gear in my axles as well....
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