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SPIII ATF question

Is there any after-market equivalent to this?
My car needs a drain and fill every 15k.
I don't know how much it costs per qt. @ the dealer since the parts guy, when I went in today, he gave me 5 qts. for free.
 
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Again - without giving the year, make and model - there is no way to give the best advice.

It's like calling a doctor on the phone and asking him - I am sick - what is wrong with me?

The answer is - unless you can explain the symptoms - how can he guess what is wrong with you?

The answer is - there is no automatic transmissions that I know of that only takes 5 quarts and there is no automatic transmissions that I know of that needs the fluid changed every 15 thousand miles!

So someone here is ripping you off and you don't understand that they are doing it. The answer is - you need to find a different garage and you need to find a repair manual and go through the manual and also your owners manual to find out what the proper change interval is .
 
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Originally Posted by cbuddy2005 View Post
Is there any after-market equivalent to this?
My car needs a drain and fill every 15k.
I don't know how much it costs per qt. @ the dealer since the parts guy, when I went in today, he gave me 5 qts. for free.
what are you working on?what are you trying to do?
 
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Old 11-08-09, 03:32 PM
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The answer is - there is no automatic transmissions that I know of that only takes 5 quarts and there is no automatic transmissions that I know of that needs the fluid changed every 15 thousand miles!
My wrecker takes 5 quarts on a drain and fill and I do it every 10k miles (filter every third service). It's not required obviously, but it's the schedule I follow, so I wouldn't jump to conclusions on his requirements or his garage.

Would be nice to know year/make/model.

Quoting from another Forum (and this is un-verified):

"In the case of SP-III ATF, the proprietary license is held by Mitsubishi and that company has not released its specifications for duplication by aftermarket ATF blenders for distribution in normal retail channels."

I suspect the answer is no, you're probably stuck with the real mccoy to avoid voiding a warranty.

Getting back to Claw's question, why would you be draining and filling every 15K miles? I do the 10k on my wrecker due to the severe service the tranny gets, but I doubt you are abusing yours to the same degree.
 
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I have a 2007 kia spectra
about 50k mileage.
Had the fluid changed professionally at about 30k--it needed it--color wasn't right.
Transmission guy had to get the special fluid for it.
No filter just drain and fill(just as the dealer service dept. said it needed).
I checked the fluid a couple of days ago and it was dark!
So, called dealership and went to get the fluid.
Parts guy said the cap. is about 4 + a bit more. I got in about 3 3/4.
He gave me the 5 qts. of fluid for free. Its "SPIII"

So, my questions are;
1) can I get SPIII aftermarket?
2) what's a reasonable cost per qt.
 
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As near as I can tell nobody is making/selling a generic equivelant. Having said that, if there was one I would expect it to be in the $5 range, but that's a SWAG.
 
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Thanx!

We put a fair amount of miles on the car and I was hoping to keep the costs down without putting wrong fluid in the trans.

At least it doesn't have a filter to change all the time.
 
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