Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What do you recommend for transmission fluid and engine oil for a 2010 Lincoln Town Car?

asked by on

best recommended transmission fluid and engin oil

My car has 155000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. Ford or Motorcraft brand would be th...

Hello. Ford or Motorcraft brand would be the OEM fluid brand that your vehicle came equipped with from the factory. However, any brand of oil and transmission fluid will work fine as long as it meets the API certification rating, and type required by the engine and transmission. Every vehicle has a minimum API certification requirement for the oil that used be used in the engine, which can usually be found on the owner's manual or on the oil filler cap. The API certification rating can be found on the front and back of the oil bottle, and certifies the service standards of the oil.

Any oil that meets the minimum API rating, or even supersedes it, will work. For the transmission fluid, any fluid will work as long as it is of the correct type. Ford vehicles use "Mercon V" type transmission fluid, and can suffer issues or even damage to the transmission if the incorrect fluid is used.

Was this answer helpful?

A: Hi there. Specified engine oil is 5W20 weig...

Hi there. Specified engine oil is 5W20 weight. "Extended life" or high-mileage oils from Valvoline, Mobil 1, Castrol, Shell and other major brands are certainly appropriate quality choices given your mileage. Although synthetic oil is not required for this engine, the economics of synthetics have made them a no-brainer in my opinion.

The transmission fluid specification outlined by Ford is Mercon LV. Motorcraft Mercon LV is of course the Ford-supplied brand. Compare other brands with caution - since "compatible with" and "meets or exceeds the requirements of" are not the same thing. If you need help with a transmission fluid service, a professional from YourMechanic can perform this task at your home or office using the recommended fluid.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My stereo & all windows will not roll up I hear no music stereo will not come on neither one of the widows will roll up it just stopp

This is often times traced to broken or shorted wires. I would recommend tracing the wires from the stereo from the back of the dash under the seats to the speakers as melted or broken wires are often times a...

Q: Replace part 2010 Ford F350 Super Duty

Hello - the fuel pressure regulator is located directly behind the thermostat housing (radiator hose attachment end). There is an upgrade kit for this component to raise fuel pressure (Ford#3C3Z-9T517-AG IH #1843065C98). If you need assistance, I would recommend a...

Q: Rich run, bad start, sometimes white smoke

The white smoke is a bit worrisome - usually an indicator of a blown headgasket, which will also cause rough running, especially at low speeds from a compression imbalance. The throttle position sensor may also be sending "off" signals to...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.