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I dont have one...changing fluid in a 1996 dodge ram 1500 4x4,and i would like to know if i could use atf plus 4 instead of dex 2 or 3. thats what it calls for

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Read the label. On the bottle there should be a list of the older transmission fluids that this is acceptable for replacement. If Dexron 2 or 3 is not on that list, don't use it. Transmission fluids are made to different specifications based on the manufacturer's wishes and therefore are not interchangable without creating problems.
If there is no list on the bottle, don't use it. Find a different type that tells you it is compatable with Dexron 2 or 3. Hope this helps.

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