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Advanced Auto Parts Automatic Transmission Fluid

 

Purchased in: Advanced Auto Parts, Edison, NJ

Date of purchase: 1/17/2012

 

 

 

 

 

The results of the tests conducted on this sample meet the requirements of Dexron III/Mercon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

TEST PROGRAM

 

 



Test Results


The averages shown in the table below are for 10 samples tested in February 2012.
PHYSICAL TESTS Specification Average-a
    Brookfield Viscosity @ -40C, cSt 20,000 cP Max 17,511 17,276
    Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 6.8 cSt Min 7.20 7.17
    Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 - 34.0 34.08
    Flash Point C (ASTM D92) 170/177C Min-b 195 200
    Viscosity Index - 182 181
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS-c      
Additives
    Nitrogen μg/g (ASTM D-5762) - 805 789
    Calcium - 119 92
    Magnesium, ppm - 1 2
    Phosphorus,  ppm - 242 243
    Zinc, ppm - 7 10
    Molybdenum,  ppm - <1 <1
    Barium, ppm - <1 <1
 
    Boron,  ppm - 94 108
    Silicon,  ppm-d - 4 7
    Potassium, ppm - <5 <5
    Manganese, ppm - <1 <1
    Titanium, ppm - <1 <1
    Sulfur, ppm - 838 766
    Copper, ppm - <1 <1
    Sodium, ppm - 3 <5
    Vanadium, ppm - <1 <1
Contaminants
    Silver, ppm - <1 <1
    Aluminum, ppm - <1 <1
    Chromium, ppm - <1 <1
    Iron, ppm - <1 <1
    Nickel, ppm - <1 <1
    Lead, ppm - <1 <1
    Antimony, ppm - <1 <1
    Tin, ppm - <1 <1

a- Average of 10 samples tested in February 2012.

b- Dexron III, 170C minimum, Mercon®, 177 C minimum.

c-Test Method used for metal analysis is ASTM ASTM D5185.

d- ASTM D5185-09 Reproducibility by element.

 

 

 
Advanced Auto Parts ATF
General Motors and Ford Motor Company has set forth a number of laboratory and rig tests required to meet the former Dexron III and Mercon performance specifications. Although laboratory tests alone cannot be used to establish if an ATF meets these specifications, they can be used to determine if it doesn't.

The following is a comparison of the test results for the sample of Advanced Auto Parts ATF tested with the Dexron III/Mercon requirements.

 
Viscometrics

The viscometrics meet the required targets for a Dexron III/Mercon ATF

Viscosity @ 100C, cSt, (ASTM D445)
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Brookfield Viscosity @ -40C, cSt 
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          Flash Point, C, (ASTM D92)


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FRONT AND BACK LABELS FROM PRODUCT TESTED