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Tri Star ATF

Packaged by S.S.I. Roseland, LA

 

Purchased in: Petro Shop/Delta Gas, Edison, NJ

Date of purchase: 1/17/2012

 

 

 

 

CONSUMER ALERT -  Tri Star ATF is labeled as a Type A fluid, which is not recommended for vehicles built after 1966.  The product label does not adequately warn consumers of this very limited use, and the fluid may cause harm if used in modern transmissions.  In addition, the test results for this sample show unusually high levels of silicon, potassium, sodium, aluminum, and iron, indicating that this product may contain used and/or contaminated oil.

 

 

PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

TEST PROGRAM

 

 



Test Results

The averages shown in the table below are for 10 samples of Dexron/Mercon type ATFs tested in February 2012.
PHYSICAL TESTS Specification Average-a
    Brookfield Viscosity @ -40C, cSt - 17,511 77,184
    Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) - 7.20 8.6
    Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 - 34.0 53.63
    Flash Point C (ASTM D92) - 195 160
    Viscosity Index - 182 136
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS-c      
Additives
    Nitrogen μg/g (ASTM D-5762) - 805 746
    Calcium - 119 1,161
    Magnesium, ppm - 1 38
    Phosphorus,  ppm - 242 917
    Zinc, ppm - 7 937
    Molybdenum,  ppm - <1 34
    Barium, ppm - <1 3
 
    Boron,  ppm - 94 56
    Silicon,  ppm-d - 4 143
    Potassium, ppm - <1 41
    Manganese, ppm - <1 <1
    Titanium, ppm - <1 <1
    Sulfur, ppm - 838 4,736
    Copper, ppm - <1 1
    Sodium, ppm - 3 62
    Vanadium, ppm - <1 <1
Contaminants
    Silver, ppm - <1 <1
    Aluminum, ppm - <1 8
    Chromium, ppm - <1 <1
    Iron, ppm - <1 11
    Nickel, ppm - <1 <1
    Lead, ppm - <1 <1
    Antimony, ppm - <1 6
    Tin, ppm - <1 <1

a- Average of 10 samples of Dexron/Mercon type ATFs tested in February 2012.

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

c- ASTM D5185-09 Reproducibility by element.

 

 

 
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FRONT AND BACK LABELS FROM PRODUCT TESTED