ATFs from ADDINOL - Automatic Transmission Fluids

The abbreviation ATF stands for “Automatic Transmission Fluid”. The ATF oils are specially adapted to the requirements of modern automatic transmissions and are the result of intensive research. The ATFs from ADDINOL score with their high performance, resilience, wear and corrosion protection as well as fuel-saving power transmission.

Our Automatic Transmission Fluids

ADDINOL ATF CVT

Specifications / Approvals:

Ford Mercon C

meets the requirements:
Hyundai SP-III, KIA SP-III, Mitsubishi SP-III, VW G 052 180, VW G 052 516, Ford WSS-M2C928-A, BMW EZL 799, Chrysler Mopar CVTF +4, Mitsubishi CVTF J1, Honda HMMF, Dodge / Jeep NS-2, Dodge / Jeep CVTF +4, Toyota TC, Subaru NS-2, GM DEX-CVT, Nissan NS-2, Suzuki TC + numerous other specifications

ADDINOL ATF DCT

Specifications / Approvals:

meets the requirements:
Ford WSS-M2C936-A, Fiat 9.55550-MZ6, Audi/VW/Seat/Skoda G 052 182, VW G 052 512, Audi/VW G 052 529, Ford WSS-M2C200-D2, Volvo 1161838, Porsche 999 917 080 00, BMW MTF-LT-5, Mitsubishi SSTF-1, MB release 236.21 (001 989 85 03), VW G 055 529, Renault 77 11 428 122 + numerous other specifications

ADDINOL ATF XN HD

Specifications / Approvals:

meets the requirements:
Volvo 97341 (AT 101), MAN 339 V2, MB 236.9, Voith H55.6335.XX (G607), ZF TE-ML 14C, MAN 339 Z3, MAN 339 Z12, Voith 150.014524, ZF TE-ML 20C

ADDINOL ATF XN 2

Specifications / Approvals:

meets the requirements:
Allison C3, Allison C4, Caterpillar TO-2, MAN 339 V1, MAN 339 Z1, MB 236.1, MB 236.7, ZF TE-ML 04D, ZF TE-ML 14A, ZF TE-ML 17C, GM Dexron II D, Volvo 97340, MB 236.6, Voith H55.6335.XX (G607), Renk DOROMAT, Ford ESP-M2C138-CJ, Ford ESP-M2C-166-H, Ford ESD-M2C186-A + numerous other specifications

ADDINOL ATF XN 3

Specifications / Approvals:

meets the requirements:
Allison C4, Caterpillar TO-2, MAN 339 V1, MAN 339 Z1, MB 236.1, MB 236.5, ZF TE-ML 04D, ZF TE-ML 11B, ZF TE-ML 14A, Volvo 97340, Ford Mercon, MB 236.9, Voith H55.6335.XX (G607), Chrysler Mopar ATF +3, Ford ESP-M2C138-CJ, Ford ESP-M2C-166-H, Ford ESD-M2C186-A + numerous other specifications

ADDINOL ATF XN 5

Specifications / Approvals:

meets the requirements:
Allison C4, MAN 339 Z2, MB 236.1, MB 236.2, MB 236.7, ZF TE-ML 04D, ZF TE-ML 14B, ZF TE-ML 16L, Allison TES-295, VW G 055 025, VW G 052 162, BMW ETL-7045E, BMW LA 2634, BMW LT 71141, Volvo 97340, Volvo 97341 (AT 101), Ford Mercon V, Ford FNR5, Honda ATF-Z1, Hyundai SP-II, Hyundai SP-III + numerous other specifications

ADDINOL ATF XN 6

Specifications / Approvals:

meets the requirements:
Aisin Warner AW-1, VW G 055 025, Nissan Matic-K, Nissan Matic-S, Toyota T-IV, Toyota ATF WS, MB 236.14, MB 236.12, MB 236.41, Volvo 1161540, VW G 055 005, VW G 055 162, VW G 052 540, GM 1940771, Jaguar C2C 8432, Ford WSS-M2C924-A, Ford WSS-M2C938-A + numerous other specifications see product page + product page for further details see product page for product page for Ford WSS-M2C924-A, Ford WSS-M2C938-A + numerous other specifications

ADDINOL ATF XN 7

Specifications / Approvals:

meets the requirements:
BMW LT 71141, Ford FNR5, Nissan Matic-S, Toyota T-IV, Toyota ATF WS, MB 236.14, MB 236.15, BMW ETL-8072B, VW G 055 005, VW G 055 162, Hyundai SP-IV, KIA SP-IV, JASO 1A-LV, Honda ATF-DW1, GM Dexron VI, Mazda ATF FZ, Mitsubishi SP-IV

ADDINOL ATF XN 8

Specifications / Approvals:

meets the requirements:
VW G 060 162, Ford WSS-M2C924-A, Ford WSS-M2C938-A, Ford Mercon LV, Land Rover LR023288, Chrysler 68157995AA, BMW ATF 3+, FIAT 9.55550-AV5, Jaguar 02JDE 26444, Hyundai SP-IV-RR, Honda ATF Type 3.1, ZF 6HP, Ford SP XT-6, Ford SP XT-8, Ford SP XT-10 + numerous other specifications

ADDINOL ATF XN 9

Specifications / Approvals:

meets the requirements:
Land Rover LR023288, MB 236.16, Honda ATF Type 3.1, MB 236.17, Land Rover LR023289, ZF 9HP, ATF M-1375.6, Ford Mercon ULV, Ford XT-12

Types of automatic transmissions

Modern automatic transmissions are both efficient and sporty and are largely independent of the design principle. Here the specialist distinguishes between three systems, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages and makes special demands on the automatic transmission fluid. There are automatic transmissions (AT - most widely used), double clutch transmissions (DCT - also common and increasingly popular) and continuously variable transmissions (CVT - small market share, more popular in Asia).

Type Advantages Drawbacks Oil requirements
Automatic transmissions
  • High starting and manoeuvring comfort
  • Familiar shifting feeling
  • Highest torques
  • Lower efficiency
  • Large installation space
  • Good friction behaviour
  • High thermal stability
  • EP and AW properties
  • Good heat dissipation
  • Low viscosity with high shear stability
  • Elastomer compatibility
Double-clutch transmission
  • Sportier shift behaviour
  • High driving comfort
  • High torques
  • Compact design
  • Disadvantages with rear axle or all-wheel drive
  • Stable friction behaviour with wet clutch
  • Thermal and oxidative stability
  • EP and AW properties
  • Low viscosity with high shear stability
  • Elastomer compatibility
CVT
  • Good CO2 efficiency
  • Small installation space
  • Lower efficiency
  • Unusual noise behaviour
  • No typical shift feeling
  • Stable friction behaviour
  • Thermal and oxidative stability
  • Excellent foaming properties
  • High wear protection
  • Good EP properties

Tasks of automatic transmission fluids

An automatic transmission is a sophisticated system that combines various technical principles. Only the interaction of different parts enables perfect power transmission from the engine to the road. In order for an ATF to meet these requirements, it must fulfil specific tasks for each component.

ATFs are working media for internal hydraulic circuits (e.g. valve movements). They ensure the correct friction of the multi-disk brakes and clutches during switching operations, protect the individual transmission stages and bearings against wear and corrosion or serve as pressure transmission medium for torque converters in automatic converter systems.

ATFs require versatile properties for this:

  • Optimized viscosity level
  • EP and AW behaviour
  • Thermal and oxidative stability
  • Elastomer compatibility
  • Very good foaming behaviour
  • High shear stability
Representation of an open automatic transmission
Representation of an open automatic transmission

Automatic transmission fluid composition

Different automatic transmission fluids are used to optimize the operation of the different types of automatic transmissions. The ATFs are optimized to meet the requirements of the transmissions, as they take on more versatile tasks than classic automotive transmission oils.

Depending on the application and specification, base oils of groups I, II, III, IV or V (mineral and synthetic oils) are used. Additives are added, which are also adapted to the special application. These include EP additives, AW additives, friction modifiers, VI improvers, etc. The colour of an automatic transmission oil is not a quality feature of the product. It merely serves to distinguish it better from other functional fluids in the vehicle. Typical colours for ATFs are for example red, blue or green. The colours are often specified by the vehicle manufacturers.

Composition of an ATF
Simplified representation of the composition of an ATF

ATF specifications

Automatic transmission oils must be very precisely matched to the respective design and requirements of a particular automatic transmission. Therefore, it does not make sense to specify the oils by a central place. Rather, each manufacturer issues specifications for the ATF oils for its own transmission designs. ADDINOL products meet the specifications of the OEMs.

Only fill your transmission with ATF, which corresponds to the OEM instructions in your car's manual. In case of doubt you can also consult our Oilfinder. We have summarised the most important ATF specifications for you below.

Specification Manufacturer
ATF+4 Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler
Mercon V Ford, Mercury, Lincoln
Mercon LV Ford, Mazda
Dexron VI General Motors, Tesla, Toyota, Ford
MB 236.1/9 Mercedes-Benz
ATF DW-1 Honda, Acura
SP-IV Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Kia
Matic S, Matic K, Matic D Nissan, Subaru
ATF T-IV Toyota, Lexus, Volvo, Audi, VW

Change ATF

Like any lubricant, ATF has limited usability. Due to progressive loading, oxidation or the introduction of foreign substances, the lubricating properties of the oil are used up at some point. Then the oil can no longer work as desired and the transmission will suffer loss of performance, wear and, in the worst case, irreparable damage.

Therefore, check the replacement intervals of your ATF. Many automatic transmission manufacturers advertise their first fill oils with a lifetime filling. However, this range is often limited to 80,000 to 120,000 kilometres. Frequent drivers should therefore consult their car's operating manual and check when the next oil change is necessary. If you want to drive your car for many years, you will probably have to change the transmission oil.

Contact

Christian Retschke

Head of Research and Development