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ZF Transmission Oils and Oil Change Kits
OEM quality for your transmission

The ZF Transmission Service helps workshops with diagnostics via Smart Service right through to the possible installation of a replacement transmission. Our services as an overview in the video.

Transmission expertise at first hand

ZF supplies you with all the components you need for oil changes, from high-quality ZF LifeguardFluid transmission oil to complete oil change kits for individual automatic transmissions. In the form of hands-on training courses, ZF provides you with extensive expertise as a transmission expert. This way, you can be sure that the transmission oil change will go smoothly - for conventional drives as well as for modern hybrid models.

Transmission expertise at first hand

ZF supplies you with all the components you need for oil changes, from high-quality ZF LifeguardFluid transmission oil to complete oil change kits for individual automatic transmissions. In the form of hands-on training courses, ZF provides you with extensive expertise as a transmission expert. This way, you can be sure that the transmission oil change will go smoothly - for conventional drives as well as for modern hybrid models.

ZF LifeguardFluid

The right passenger car transmission oil for automatic transmissions

ZF LifeguardFluid

Each transmission is specially designed to meet the requirements of the vehicle in which it is installed. In the same way, every ZF transmission fluid with its special additives is perfectly matched to the respective transmission.

With ZF LifeguardFluids, you make the right choice for your vehicle - and your wallet:

  • Perfect shifting behavior and vibration-free operation
  • Prevention of transmission failures and general malfunctions
  • Reduced wear on heavily stressed components
  • Optimized viscosity for maximum fuel economy and lower CO₂ emissions
  • Reliable care over the entire service life of the vehicle
  • 100% compatible thanks to original quality

Do not compromise!

You will find the right oil for your car or van transmission in the TE-ML 11 lubricant list: download PDF here.

Our ZF LifeguardFluid transmission oils are available in the following container sizes:

ZF LifeguardFluid

Each transmission is specially designed to meet the requirements of the vehicle in which it is installed. In the same way, every ZF transmission fluid with its special additives is perfectly matched to the respective transmission.

With ZF LifeguardFluids, you make the right choice for your vehicle - and your wallet:

  • Perfect shifting behavior and vibration-free operation
  • Prevention of transmission failures and general malfunctions
  • Reduced wear on heavily stressed components
  • Optimized viscosity for maximum fuel economy and lower CO₂ emissions
  • Reliable care over the entire service life of the vehicle
  • 100% compatible thanks to original quality

Do not compromise!

You will find the right oil for your car or van transmission in the TE-ML 11 lubricant list: download PDF here.

Our ZF LifeguardFluid transmission oils are available in the following container sizes:

ZF LifeguardFluid 5 ZF LifeguardFluid 6 ZF LifeguardFluid 7.1 MB ATF ZF LifeguardFluid 7.2 MB ATF ZF LifeguardFluid 8 ZF LifeguardFluid 9
1 liter bottle 1 liter bottle 1 liter bottle 1 liter bottle 1 liter bottle 1 liter bottle
20 liter canister 20 liter canister     20 liter canister  
210 liter drum 209 liter drum     206 liter drum  
1000-l-IBC 1000-l-IBC     1000-l-IBC  

All in one please:

Oil change kits from ZF

Save time searching for the last matching sealing ring! The ZF oil change kits for automatic transmissions for cars and vans contain everything you need for a professional oil change - optimally matched to your transmission type. Our oil change kits are available for ZF 5HP, 6HP, 8HP as well as for other makes

Where ZF oil change kits are used for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles:

  • Transmission oil changes incl. filter replacement
  • Oil pan or housing leaks
  • Oil cooler leaks
  • Torque converter replacement
  • Mechatronic replacement

All components in ZF OEM quality and immediately at hand, saving working time in the workshop and waiting time for the vehicle owner.

Save time searching for the last matching sealing ring! The ZF oil change kits for automatic transmissions for cars and vans contain everything you need for a professional oil change - optimally matched to your transmission type. Our oil change kits are available for ZF 5HP, 6HP, 8HP as well as for other makes

Where ZF oil change kits are used for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles:

  • Transmission oil changes incl. filter replacement
  • Oil pan or housing leaks
  • Oil cooler leaks
  • Torque converter replacement
  • Mechatronic replacement

All components in ZF OEM quality and immediately at hand, saving working time in the workshop and waiting time for the vehicle owner.

Our oil change kits for automatic transmissions:

Included in the kit:

  • New oil pan seal
  • Oil filter
  • Permanent magnets
  • Metal and plastic screws

Optional

7 bottles of ZF LifeguardFluid 5 (1 liter each)

Included in the kit:

  • New oil pan seal
  • Oil filter
  • Permanent magnets
  • Metal and plastic screws

Optional

7 bottles of ZF LifeguardFluid 5 (1 liter each)

Kits include the following, depending on transmission type:

  • Seal and separate oil filter plus the required screws or
  • a complete plastic oil pan with integrated oil filter plus suitable seal and screw plug.

Optional

7 bottles of ZF LifeguardFluid 6 or ZF LifeguardFluid 8 (1 liter each)

Find the right oil for your vehicle type in our List of Lubricants

Kits include the following, depending on transmission type:

  • Seal and separate oil filter plus the required screws or
  • a complete plastic oil pan with integrated oil filter plus suitable seal and screw plug.

Optional

7 bottles of ZF LifeguardFluid 6 or ZF LifeguardFluid 8 (1 liter each)

Find the right oil for your vehicle type in our List of Lubricants

Kits include the following, depending on transmission type:

  • Seal and separate oil filter or
  • a complete plastic oil pan with integrated oil filter plus suitable seal and screw plug.

Optional

7 bottles of ZF LifeguardFluid (1 liter each)

Find the right oil for your vehicle type in our List of Lubricants

Kits include the following, depending on transmission type:

  • Seal and separate oil filter or
  • a complete plastic oil pan with integrated oil filter plus suitable seal and screw plug.

Optional

7 bottles of ZF LifeguardFluid (1 liter each)

Find the right oil for your vehicle type in our List of Lubricants

Our kits are also available for aggregates of other manufacturers such as Mercedes, Volkswagen and Ford. In our product catalog you will find the right kit with or without oil for every need.

Our kits are also available for aggregates of other manufacturers such as Mercedes, Volkswagen and Ford. In our product catalog you will find the right kit with or without oil for every need.

Step by step instructions

for transmission oil change

FAQ

about oil change and transmission oil

Ever higher demands are being placed on modern vehicle and transmission generations. Ultimately, this also applies to the transmission oil. In addition, certain oil properties are now essential for the optimum function of certain transmission components. ZF LifeguardFluid is tailored optimally to transmissions and thus ensures optimum performance and shifting comfort.

Ever higher demands are being placed on modern vehicle and transmission generations. Ultimately, this also applies to the transmission oil. In addition, certain oil properties are now essential for the optimum function of certain transmission components. ZF LifeguardFluid is tailored optimally to transmissions and thus ensures optimum performance and shifting comfort.

  • Why is choosing the right oil so important?

    In modern transmissions, the oil is a "design element" which is developed together with the transmission and adapted quite specifically to these specific requirements. For this purpose, ZF puts together precisely matched base oils and special additive packages (friction modifiers, corrosion inhibitors, cold flow improvers, detergents, foam inhibitors, etc.) for the respective transmission. This ensures excellent lubrication and friction properties even under high loads and enables a long service life and noticeable fuel savings.

    Commercially available products usually have to meet the requirements of different units and make compromises that do not fully exploit the potential of your ZF transmission. ZF oils benefit from ZF's OEM expertise and always meet the vehicle manufacturer's requirements.

    In modern transmissions, the oil is a "design element" which is developed together with the transmission and adapted quite specifically to these specific requirements. For this purpose, ZF puts together precisely matched base oils and special additive packages (friction modifiers, corrosion inhibitors, cold flow improvers, detergents, foam inhibitors, etc.) for the respective transmission. This ensures excellent lubrication and friction properties even under high loads and enables a long service life and noticeable fuel savings.

    Commercially available products usually have to meet the requirements of different units and make compromises that do not fully exploit the potential of your ZF transmission. ZF oils benefit from ZF's OEM expertise and always meet the vehicle manufacturer's requirements.

  • How can I recognize a genuine oil?

    The oil must be approved by the manufacturer. Corresponding recommendations can usually be found in the vehicle operating manual. Product descriptions from lubricant manufacturers should clearly indicate that the oil has actually been approved. Statements such as "suitable for", "meets the requirements" or similar do not correspond to an approval.

    When purchasing, also pay attention to the original packaging and the exact specification. If in doubt, contact a ZF Aftermarket service center for analysis of an oil sample.

    The oil must be approved by the manufacturer. Corresponding recommendations can usually be found in the vehicle operating manual. Product descriptions from lubricant manufacturers should clearly indicate that the oil has actually been approved. Statements such as "suitable for", "meets the requirements" or similar do not correspond to an approval.

    When purchasing, also pay attention to the original packaging and the exact specification. If in doubt, contact a ZF Aftermarket service center for analysis of an oil sample.

  • How can I find the right transmission oil for my transmission?

    The lubricants approved for ZF units are detailed in the ZF Lists of Lubricants (TE-ML ...) which are updated every three months. The Lists of Lubricants can be viewed on the following page.

    The lubricants approved for ZF units are detailed in the ZF Lists of Lubricants (TE-ML ...) which are updated every three months. The Lists of Lubricants can be viewed on the following page.

  • How often should the transmission oil be changed?

    ZF Aftermarket recommends a transmission oil change for ZF transmissions as indicated on our list of lubricants.

    Important! Service intervals can vary with other transmission manufacturers. In all these cases, please always refer to the specific car manufacturer's regulation.

    At very high operating temperatures, oil ages faster than under normal conditions. Depending on driving style and individual driving profiles (e.g., a lot of high-speed driving, trailer operation or sporty driving), shorter change intervals are advisable.

    ZF Aftermarket recommends a transmission oil change for ZF transmissions as indicated on our list of lubricants.

    Important! Service intervals can vary with other transmission manufacturers. In all these cases, please always refer to the specific car manufacturer's regulation.

    At very high operating temperatures, oil ages faster than under normal conditions. Depending on driving style and individual driving profiles (e.g., a lot of high-speed driving, trailer operation or sporty driving), shorter change intervals are advisable.

  • What do I need to take into account if I want to switch over to a higher-quality oil?

    Switching over to an oil approved by ZF for the unit in question is always possible. However, residual quantities of the lower cost oil may have an adverse effect on quality. This is why some ZF units require more frequent oil changes after the initial switchover. The relevant List of Lubricants provides more information on this topic.

    Switching over to an oil approved by ZF for the unit in question is always possible. However, residual quantities of the lower cost oil may have an adverse effect on quality. This is why some ZF units require more frequent oil changes after the initial switchover. The relevant List of Lubricants provides more information on this topic.

  • What do I need to take into account if I want to switch over to a lower cost oil?

    As a rule, any lubricant approved by ZF may be used. We recommend checking this based on the relevant List of Lubricants (see page with the Lists of Lubricants). Information such as "suitable for," "meets the requirements" or the like in the data sheets does not constitute approval.

    During the running-in phase, it generally makes sense to use higher-quality lubricants. The lubricants provided by ZF ex works should therefore not be replaced ahead of time. Generally speaking, oils added at the ZF plant are carefully filtered during a test run, so there is no need to change the oil during running-in.

    As a rule, any lubricant approved by ZF may be used. We recommend checking this based on the relevant List of Lubricants (see page with the Lists of Lubricants). Information such as "suitable for," "meets the requirements" or the like in the data sheets does not constitute approval.

    During the running-in phase, it generally makes sense to use higher-quality lubricants. The lubricants provided by ZF ex works should therefore not be replaced ahead of time. Generally speaking, oils added at the ZF plant are carefully filtered during a test run, so there is no need to change the oil during running-in.

  • Can I use oils with a different viscosity?
  • When is a transmission rinse useful?

    In contrast to a simple oil change, a transmission rinse removes almost all of the old transmission oil (up to 99.5%), including residues, before the new oil is filled in. This is particularly advisable if incompatible oil was previously in use or the drained oil is more contaminated.

    A properly flushed automatic transmission shifts smoother and more accurately. Driving performance is also often noticeably improved.

    In contrast to a simple oil change, a transmission rinse removes almost all of the old transmission oil (up to 99.5%), including residues, before the new oil is filled in. This is particularly advisable if incompatible oil was previously in use or the drained oil is more contaminated.

    A properly flushed automatic transmission shifts smoother and more accurately. Driving performance is also often noticeably improved.

Our service competence

on transmissions

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