When shopping for Sprinter automatic transmission fluid (ATF), many owners wonder what type of ATF their specific model uses. Blauparts is here to help! In this blog article, we've put together a Sprinter transmission fluid specification application list or guide to help you determine the correct Sprinter transmission fluid spec and part number that you will need when changing your Sprinter automatic transmission fluid. We offer a full line of premium German OEM-approved Sprinter automatic transmission fluids.
How to Find Your Sprinter Automatic Transmission Fluid Type?
Currently, the Sprinter vans are optioned with three types of automatic transmissions in the United States. The three transmission options require different automatic transmission fluid (ATF) specifications or formulations. Below is a brief description of the Sprinter automatic transmission options along with the corresponding ATF specification.
Sprinter Automatic Transmission Fluid Specification Guide
Sprinter 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
The Sprinter was introduced into the United States in 2002 and was first available with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Sprinter 5-speed automatic transmission had several names or references depending on who was specifying or mentioning the transmission (Freightliner, Dodge, or Mercedes-Benz). It was known at the 5G-Tronic, 722.9, and NAG1. The Sprinter 5G-Tronic was used in the Sprinter model from 2002 to 2018.
Sprinter 5-Speed Automatic Transmission Fluid
The Sprinter 5-speed automatic transmissions require MB-approval 236.14 specification ATF. This is also referenced as ATF 134 specification or OE part numbers A 001 989 68 03 10, A 001 989 68 05 10, and A 001 989 68 03 14. It's also important to note that the Sprinter owner's manuals refer to the MB 236.10 or MB 236.12 ATF specifications as being used in the 5-speed automatic transmissions. Both the Sprinter MB 236.10 and MB 236.12 ATF specifications have been superseded and replaced by the updated MB 236.14 ATF specification. (RAVENOL M 9-Series MB 236.14 & Eurol ATF 7400 MB 236.14)
Dodge Sprinter Automatic Transmission Fluid 5-Speed Fitments
- 2003-2006 Dodge Sprinter 2.7L Diesel models use MB 236.14 transmission fluid spec type.
- 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 3.0L Diesel models use MB 236.14 transmission fluid spec type.
- 2007-2008 Dodge Sprinter 3.5L Gasoline models use MB 236.14 transmission fluid spec type.
Freightliner Sprinter Automatic Transmission Fluid 5-Speed Fitments
- 2002-2006 Freightliner Sprinter 2.7L Diesel models use MB 236.14 transmission fluid spec type.
- 2007-2008 Freightliner Sprinter 3.5L Gasoline models use MB 236.14 transmission fluid spec type.
- 2007-2018 Freightliner Sprinter 3.0L Diesel models use MB 236.14 transmission fluid spec type.
Mercedes Benz Sprinter Automatic Transmission Fluid 5-Speed Fitments
- 2010-2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3.0L Diesel models use MB 236.14 transmission fluid spec type.
Sprinter 7-Speed Automatic Transmission
The Sprinter 7-speed automatic transmission was introduced in the United States in 2014 while being mated to the 2.1 liter Bluetec diesel engine. The Sprinter 7-speed allows for improved torque capacity and variable gear selecting options to improve optimal engine RPM for better Sprinter fuel economy and efficiency. The 7-speed automatic transmission was used in the Sprinter 2.1 liter Bluetec diesel up to 2017 and then was reintroduced in the 2019 onward Sprinter 3.0 liter Bluetec diesel models. The 7-speed Sprinter transmission is also referred to as the 722.9, 7G-Tronic, or NAG2 transmission.
Sprinter 7-Speed Automatic Transmission Fluid
The Sprinter 7-speed automatic transmissions require MB-approval 236.15 specification ATF. The MB 236.15 spec is also referenced as ATF 134 FE specification or OE part numbers A 001 989 78 03 and A 001 989 77 03. (RAVENOL M 9-FE Series MB-Approval 236.15)
Freightliner Sprinter Automatic Transmission Fluid 7-Speed Fitments
- 2014-2017 Freightliner Sprinter 2.1L Diesel models use MB 236.15 spec transmission fluid.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Automatic Transmission Fluid 7-Speed Fitments
- 2014-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2.1L Diesel models use MB 236.15 transmission fluid spec type.
- 2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3.0L Diesel models use MB 236.15 transmission fluid spec type.
Sprinter 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
The Sprinter 9-speed automatic transmission is one of the newest and most modern automatic transmissions available from Mercedes-Benz for the Sprinter model. The Sprinter 9-speed automatic transmission was introduced in the United States in 2019 while being optioned with the 2.0-liter gasoline engine. The Sprinter 9-speed transmission is also called the 9G-Tronic or 725.0 transmissions. Similarly, the 9G-Tronic was introduced to allow for greater engine and driveline efficiencies.
Sprinter 9-Speed Automatic Transmission Fluid
The Sprinter 9-speed automatic transmissions require MB-approval 236.17 specification ATF. The Sprinter 9G-Tronic MB 236.17 ATF is also referenced as OE part numbers A 000 989 59 04 and A 001 989 92 03. (RAVENOL M 9-G Series MB 236.17 & Eurol ATF 7400 MB 236.17)
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Automatic Transmission Fluid 9-Speed Fitments
- 2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2.0L Turbocharged Gasoline Models use MB 236.17 transmission fluid spec type.
Why Is Changing Sprinter Transmission Fluid (ATF) Important?
The Sprinter automatic transmissions have hundreds of moving components, such as needle bearings, pressure pumps, clutch packs, servo pistons, and seals. These internal components mesh with one another, begin to wear, and create fine metallic particles which contaminate your Sprinter's automatic transmission fluid. Over time, your Sprinter's automatic transmission fluid (ATF) and filament transmission filter become contaminated with these particles. These metallic particles can cause unnecessary wear on these internal transmission components leading to transmission inefficiencies and long-term reliability issues if not flushed from the transmission.
Also, over time through the transmissions use and transmission cycles the combination of key additives and base oils contained in the transmission fluid breaks down, become depleted, weakened, and should be replenished with fresh transmission fluid and filter change.
Typically, a Sprinter transmission that has had poor service will result in premature or late shift points, rough or jamming shifts, and slipping. If you have seen a new transmission fluid it is nearly clear in color when compared to the dark color of an old transmission fluid. You will agree that it seems very logical that changing your Sprinter's automatic transmission fluid and filter annually is necessary for long-term transmission reliability. If you are experiencing these transmission shifting issues, we recommend changing your automatic transmission fluid and filter as a first step in trying to resolve these problems.
What Is the Sprinter Transmission Fluid (ATF) Change Interval?
We recommended changing your Sprinter transmission fluid and filter every 80,000 miles or 8 years whichever occurs first.
Sprinter vans that experience more aggressive driving styles, used in the commercial delivery industry, contractor trade industry, constant extreme heat, heavy city traffic, trailer pulling, Sprinter RV conversions, or other severe driving conditions should consider replacing the transmission fluid and filter more frequently such as every 40,000 - 50,000 miles.
Why Choose RAVENOL Sprinter Transmission Fluids?
- Specifically, engineered for each Sprinter transmission type
- OEM-approved quality levels confirmed directly by Mercedes-Benz
- 100% made and bottled in Germany
- NOT universal generic multi-vehicle ATF formulations
- See the related post below "Is It Safe To Use Universal Transmission Fluids?"