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Pennzoil Automatic Transmission Fluid

Distributed by SOPUS Products, Houston, TX

 

Purchased in: Pep Boys, 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 15,977
    Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 6.8 cSt Min 7.20 7.03
    Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 - 34.0 33.5
    Flash Point C (ASTM D92) 170/177C Min-b 195 200
    Viscosity Index - 182 179
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS-c      
Additives
    Nitrogen μg/g (ASTM D-5762) - 805 708
    Calcium - 119 72
    Magnesium, ppm - 1 <1
    Phosphorus,  ppm - 242 223
    Zinc, ppm - 7 <1
    Molybdenum,  ppm - <1 <1
    Barium, ppm - <1 <1
 
    Boron,  ppm - 94 103
    Silicon,  ppm-d - 4 3
    Potassium, ppm - <5 <5
    Manganese, ppm - <1 <1
    Titanium, ppm - <1 <1
    Sulfur, ppm - 838 734
    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.

 

 

 
Pennzoil 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 Pennzoil ATF tested with the Dexron III/Mercon requirements.

 

 
Viscometrics

The viscometrics meet the required targets for a 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