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Old 07-30-2020, 02:13 PM   #1
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ďBestĒ place to buy Transynd / TES 295?

Folks,

Itís time for me to change the fluids and filters in my 1995 Allison MD 3060 transmission. (Ď95 monaco dynasty)

iím wondering if I should go with Allisonís product or if there is another well-regarded favorite brand; if so, which is it and where do i buy it?

Iíll be replacing filters, too, and assume I should just buy and install the replacement kits including gaskets O-rings, etc.Ö yes?

thx in advance for your feedback.

(edit: i *just* saw a somewhat similar thread posted a few weeks back. iíll defer to that and just use transynd and will check with a local ford or chevy dealer to purchase.

it doesnít appear i can delete this post so edit will be my mea culpa.)
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Transynd is the best as you've already discovered. When you drain the oil only remove on the filters If you remove you'll make a mess. Once it's drained then remove the other filter and replace both.

In the future when just changing filters. Remove one filter and let it drain until nothing comes out. Replace that filter then move on to the 2nd filter. An Allison mechanic said by only replacing one filter at a time you'll lose far less oil. On my last filter change, I only lost about 3/4th of a quart so it really does work.

FYI I bought my oil via Amazon.
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I bought mine at a cummings dealer parts shop.
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Transynd is the best as you've already discovered. When you drain the oil only remove on the filters If you remove you'll make a mess. Once it's drained then remove the other filter and replace both.

In the future when just changing filters. Remove one filter and let it drain until nothing comes out. Replace that filter then move on to the 2nd filter. An Allison mechanic said by only replacing one filter at a time you'll lose far less oil. On my last filter change, I only lost about 3/4th of a quart so it really does work.

FYI I bought my oil via Amazon.

thx very much for explaining the process, very much appreciated.

and thx to you both for suggestions on where to purchase ... iíll see what we have locally and compare vs amazon.
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Transynd is the best as you've already discovered.

FYI I bought my oil via Amazon.
TranSynd is made by Castrol and is ONE of five brands of Allison approved standard TES-295 fluids. Since all 5 meet Allison's standard, what makes Castrol's version any better than the rest?


FWIW, I always bought mine at the local Allison Distributor, not just any dealer.
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thx very much for explaining the process, very much appreciated.

and thx to you both for suggestions on where to purchase ... iíll see what we have locally and compare vs amazon.
IF you are willing to shop online, take a look at Summit Racing's site. I understand they were selling a TES-295 approved brand really cheap.
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I bought mine at a Detroit Diesel/Allison service center. $35/gallon.
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I bought mine at NAPA. I think it was the BP version.
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IF you are willing to shop online, take a look at Summit Racing's site. I understand they were selling a TES-295 approved brand really cheap.

Yes, that's where I got mine. Mobil 1 Delvac, $33.99 per gallon at Summit. No sense paying more, they're all equivalent according to the Allison fluid engineer (he wrote the spec) who frequents the forum.
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Ditto on Summit Racing and Mobile 1.
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I bought my Mobil Delvac 75W90 for my differential from Summit. Couldnít beat the price anywhere. You really have to watch Amazon, they are convenient but not always the best price.
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Do you know if the TranSynd Allison oil was used before.

If not and you decide to use it there is a recommended procedure for making the change, essentially using the oil, driving X miles (can't remember the mileage) and changing again.
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Do you know if the TranSynd Allison oil was used before.

If not and you decide to use it there is a recommended procedure for making the change, essentially using the oil, driving X miles (can't remember the mileage) and changing again.

thx for this note, very much appreciated.

i donít know the brand of fluid the previous owner used. when I had the fluids tested some time ago, Tom (jglubricants) outlined the procedure for transitioning to transynd so Iíll resurrect and follow that email. again, thx for the heads-up on the issue.

as a point of reference, Iím located in Silicon Valley and have found a local Transynd source @ $49 a gallon.

thx again for the feedback, folks.
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