Durability of Dual Clutch Transmission Fluids 2009-01-1801
This report focuses on an extended investigation of the durability of Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) fluids. The performance requirements of DCT fluids differ from those of traditional step automatic transmission fluids. For that reason, key performance lab tests are discussed in this paper. Friction durability is measured with a modified version of the JASO M348 SAE#2 friction plate test. In addition, results from a vehicle chassis dynamometer test are discussed. This test involves running a 2008 Volkswagen GTI for 60,000 dynamometer miles (42,000 cycles) of severe acceleration and high speed conditions. Finally, a new DCT fluid, which performs well in these tests, offers friction stability and superior wear protection of transmission hardware, when compared to the commercial reference fluid.