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Old 09-23-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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What is the correct fluid for 97 convertible top motor?

Can anybody clear up for me what is the correct fluid to use in my 97 convertible top motor? My GM service manual says SAE 10W oil, but the fluid in the reservoir looks red like Dextron. Thanks for any help.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:29 PM   #2
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Re: What is the correct fluid for 97 convertible top motor?

its a hydraulic motor so I would use dextron trans oil aka hydraulic fluid
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Re: What is the correct fluid for 97 convertible top motor?

SAE 10W oil can be red depending on what brand you by. And that is what the GM Service Manual says to use. Most Trans Fluids are 10W30. Don't think it would make any difference. Also most Autoparts carry convertible top fluid.
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Re: What is the correct fluid for 97 convertible top motor?

use motor oil and tell me how long the pump last ... look it up gm service manual made a mistake
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Re: What is the correct fluid for 97 convertible top motor?

This question was asked just a few months ago, though there was no definitive answer.

Convertible top motor oil?

A call to the dealer would probably clear it up.
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Re: What is the correct fluid for 97 convertible top motor?

as posted above its a hydraulic pump use atf or hydalic fluid. atf is hydraulic oil with red die for when it leaks u can tell what fluid it is and it contains detergents. Most hd trans builders prefer tractor fluid vs atf
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use motor oil and tell me how long the pump last ... look it up gm service manual made a mistake
"Look it up", where? Do you have any proof the Service Manual is mistaken?
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Re: What is the correct fluid for 97 convertible top motor?

Thanks for all the responses. My Z is heading to the shop next week for a new top, can't wait to get it back!
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Re: What is the correct fluid for 97 convertible top motor?

Bad info. Please read this:

Convertible top motor oil?
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