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Advanced Auto Parts Automatic Transmission Fluid

Distributed by Advanced Stores Company, Inc., Roanoke, VA

Purchased in: Advanced Auto Parts, Chicago, IL

Date of purchase: 11/15/2012

Note:   PQIA's test results for this sample slightly exceeds the Dexron III and Mercon specification for Brookfield Viscosity @ -40C of 20,000 cP maximum.  Reproducibility for this test is +- 1,850 cP.

   

   

 

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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, cP 20,000 cP Max 17,511 24,000
    Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 6.8 cSt Min 7.20 7.3
    Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 - 34.0 34.6
    Flash Point C (ASTM D92) 170/177C Min-b 195 209
    Viscosity Index - 182  
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS-c      
Additives
    Calcium - 119 112
    Magnesium, ppm - 1 1
    Phosphorus,  ppm - 242 245
    Zinc, ppm - 7 23
    Molybdenum,  ppm - <1 <1
    Barium, ppm - <1 <1
 
    Boron,  ppm - 94 96
    Silicon,  ppm-d - 4 6
    Potassium, ppm - <5 <1
    Manganese, ppm - <1 <1
    Titanium, ppm - <1 <1
    Copper, ppm - <1 <1
    Sodium, ppm - 3 <1
    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

PQIA's test results for this sample slightly exceeds the Dexron III and Mercon specification for Brookfield Viscosity @ -40C of 20,000 cP maximum.  Reproducibility for this test is +- 1,850 cP.

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


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FRONT AND BACK LABELS FROM PRODUCT TESTED