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I have a 1996 jeep cherokee with auto trans what type of fluid do i use

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You use Dexron/mercon III (Factory recommended.) I prefer B&M synthetic or Amsoil when I can get it. I Also use Lucas conditioner in there. (expensive combination but it works)

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  • Richard Scordino Feb 07, 2010

    How long? Using Dex, I wouldn't go more than 25K miles...Using synthetic you can stretch it out to 35 (or a bit longer). Remember though that when you drain the pan you are only changing about half of what is in there (remainder stays in the converter). So, if you are changing it for the first time or intervals before you owned it are unknown, change the filter, add fluid, run it about two weeks and drain pan from the pan drain plug and re-fill. That way even though you still haven't changed it all, you have done better than just removing the pan would. If you don't have a pan plug, just shorten the interval to the next change a bit.

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