The Oxidation Stability of General Motors Proposed Factory-Fill Automatic Transmission Fluid
Using standard industry tests, the oxidation stability of General Motors current factory-fill automatic transmission fluid (ATF) was compared to that of a proposed factory-fill ATF to be introduced for the 1995 Model Year. Full-scale transmission tests and Aluminum Beaker Oxidation Tests run at various temperatures showed that a proposed factory-fill fluid is substantially more resistant to oxidation than the current factory-fill ATF. Using Total Acid Number increase (Δ-TAN) as the measure of oxidation, a minimum of 35% improvement was obtained with a proposed factory fill. This improvement at least doubles the time to “perceived fluid failure” (Δ-TAN = 2.5).