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LMX ATF D/M Automatic Transmission Fluid

Manufactuered by Pinnacle Oil, Indianapolis, IN

 

Purchased in: Newton Square Liberty, 3710 West Chester, PA

Date of purchase: 6/2/2012

 

Advisory:  The Road-Tech Multi Purpose ATF label states that the product is suitable for use in transmissions where Dexron III or Mercon is recommended.  PQIA's test results for this sample exceed the Dexron III and Mercon specification for Brookfield Viscosity @ -40C of 20,000 cP maximum. 

 

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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 28,644
    Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 6.8 cSt Min 7.20 7.39
    Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 - 34.0 37.01
    Flash Point C (ASTM D92) 170/177C Min-b 195 186
    Viscosity Index - 182 170
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS-c      
Additives
    Nitrogen μg/g (ASTM D-5762) - 805 775
    Calcium - 119 14
    Magnesium, ppm - 1 2
    Phosphorus,  ppm - 242 166
    Zinc, ppm - 7 11
    Molybdenum,  ppm - <1 <1
    Barium, ppm - <1 <1
 
    Boron,  ppm - 94 60
    Silicon,  ppm-d - 4 1
    Potassium, ppm - <5 <5
    Manganese, ppm - <1 <1
    Titanium, ppm - <1 <1
    Sulfur, ppm - 838 1,108
    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.

 

 

 
LMX ATF D/M
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 LMX D/M ATF tested with the Dexron III/Mercon requirements.

 

 
Viscometrics

The viscometrics do not meet 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