Petroleum Quality Institute of America

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Super Star Automatic Transmission Fluid

"Made in the USA"


Purchased in: Clark convenience store, Allen Park, MI

Date of purchase: 8/27/2012



Alert!CONSUMER ALERT - The label on the sample of Super Star ATF tested does not state any specifications the product meets.


The sample does not contain the additives required to protect virtually any automatic transmission currently on the road. In addition, the test results for this sample show a viscosity more than 20% below where expected and the sample contains water, and has unusually high levels of silicon, potassium, sodium, aluminum, and iron, indicating that this product may contain used oil and/or antifreeze. When taken together, these deficiencies show a product that will likely cause damage to automatic transmissions.


It should also be noted that the label on this product does not show the name or location of the manufacturer or distributor of this product.


Please contact PQIA at with the store name and location if you see this brand on the shelves.  








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 Test not run due to water contamination
    Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 6.8 cSt Min 7.20 5.3
    Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 - 34.0 23.7
    Flash Point C (ASTM D92) 170/177C Min-b 195 Test not run  due to water contamination
    Viscosity Index - 182 166
    Calcium - 119 8
    Magnesium, ppm - 1 <1
    Phosphorus,  ppm - 242 14
    Zinc, ppm - 7 6
    Molybdenum,  ppm - <1 <1
    Barium, ppm - <1 2
    Boron,  ppm - 94 12
    Silicon,  ppm-d - 4 22
    Potassium, ppm - <5 12
    Manganese, ppm - <1 <1
    Titanium, ppm - <1 <1
    Copper, ppm - <1 <1
    Sodium, ppm - 3 58
    Vanadium, ppm - <1 <1
    Silver, ppm - <1 <1
    Aluminum, ppm - <1 <1
    Chromium, ppm - <1 <1
    Iron, ppm - <1 4
    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.