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Home Basics Multi-Purpose Automatic Transmission Fluid

Distributed by OnPoint, Inc., Montvale, NJ

 

Purchased in: A&P 1185 Amboy Ave, Edison, NJ

Date of purchase: 5/9/2012

 

Note:  PQIA's test results for this sample show the viscosity @ 100°C slightly misses the Dexron III and Mercon specification of 6.8 cSt minimum.  This would not be expected to cause performance issues in transmissions designed to use Dexron III and Mercon specification fluids.

 

 

 

 

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, cP 20,000 cP Max 17,511 14,757
    Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 6.8 cSt Min 7.20 6.60-e
    Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 - 34.0 32.46
    Flash Point C (ASTM D92) 170/177C Min-b 195 200
    Viscosity Index - 182 164
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS-c      
Additives
    Nitrogen μg/g (ASTM D-5762) - 805 626
    Calcium - 119 22
    Magnesium, ppm - 1 <1
    Phosphorus,  ppm - 242 126
    Zinc, ppm - 7 5
    Molybdenum,  ppm - <1 <1
    Barium, ppm - <1 <1
 
    Boron,  ppm - 94 47
    Silicon,  ppm-d - 4 2
    Potassium, ppm - <5 <5
    Manganese, ppm - <1 <1
    Titanium, ppm - <1 <1
    Sulfur, ppm - 838 437
    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.

e- Test results rechecked; recheck is 6.62 cSt.

 

 

 
Home Basic 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 Home Basic ATF tested with the Dexron III/Mercon requirements.

 

 
Viscometrics

The viscometrics slightly misses the required targets for a for a Dexron III/Mercon ATF.

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