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Old 04-06-2024, 16:28   #1
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Kanzaki KBW10e - What to use in place of "Type A" transmission fluid

I have a KBW10e transmission and it's time for the first fluid change.

The transmission is clearly marked and the manuals clearly say to use "Type A" automatic transmission fluid. There hasn't been anything marketed as "Type A ATF" by any major lubricant brand for over 25 years. DEXRON VI/MERCON LV is the closest replacement, and are readily available everywhere.

Will that work or do I need something exotic?
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Re: Kanzaki KBW10e - What to use in place of "Type A" transmission fluid

ARBO market a Type A ATF and it is apparently available from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/ABRO-AT-160-A..._dp&th=1&psc=1
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Re: Kanzaki KBW10e - What to use in place of "Type A" transmission fluid

I agree. There are still a few brands marketing a Type A. Surely not the same as what was produced in the 1950’s, but I would guess it will work.
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WHAT IS “TYPE A” TRANSMISSION FLUID?

Posted on 6/12/2017
This is a question often asked of one of our transmission experts in San Diego by a customer who is interested in buying or working on a vintage car. They may notice on the dipstick or in the owner's manual that the car requires an automatic transmission fluid, called Type A, that is no longer available.

That's because Type A Transmission fluid was put into older vehicles produced as far back as the 1950's to lubricate automatic transmissions in the car's engine. But since Type A fluid contained whale oil, which routinely broke down at high temperatures, newer model cars no longer contain it.

Beginning in the 1970's, manufacturers began building transmissions that required different versions of automatic transmission fluid that were more eco-friendly in terms of reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency. In today's day and age, if you're trying to restore a classic car, it's pretty difficult to come by an older version of ATF, like Type A.

The modern version

If you find yourself in this position, ask one of our transmission experts what type of transmission fluid you should use in place of the discontinued one. For example, it was discovered that the old Type A is nearly identical to a 50/50 mix of Type F (Ford) and Dexron (GM).
But I think I’d just use Dexron VI and see how it works before mixing two separate types.
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