RelaDyne Takes Swift Action

RelaDyne Takes Swift Action

The PQIA is pleased to report that RelaDyne has Taken Swift Action to address its ATF labeling issue. The PQIA encourages all lubricant manufacturers and marketers to do the same when issues arise.  

In yesterday’s publication of PQIA News, we reported on seven ATF samples, of which four had no issues and three did. One of the products of concern was RelaDyne’s DuraMAX Liquid Armor Global Full Synthetic ATF. The PQIA issued an “Advisory” on the product tested because although the label on the product states “This product is recommended for use in the following applications,” and provides a list of OEM specifications, including Ford MERCON® V and Chrysler, the results of the kinematic viscosity test on the sample tested does not meet the requirements for Ford MERCON® V and Chrysler® ATF+4.

The PQIA is pleased to report that RelaDyne contacted us today with a letter stating, “Upon discovering the label error, we have destroyed all improperly-labeled ATF product in the affected Distribution Center (Farmerville, LA Branch) and have discontinued our relationship with the manufacturer. In addition, we are planning a full audit of all packaging facilities similar to our current Bulk Audit Program.” (Click image at right for full text of letter)

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America applauds RelaDyne’s swift action and encourages others with issues to do the same, particularly as it applies to conducting an audit of their ATF and other labels to assure the products meet their labeled claims. In addition, as evidenced by the other two ATF samples of concern PQIA reported on yesterday, more can and should be done to provide consumers with the information they need on labels to help assure the ATF they buy is appropriate for use in their vehicle.

Seven ATF Examined; three have issues

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America reports on seven brands of ATFs. Although the results of tests conducted on samples of four of the brands are consistent with their labeled claims, PQIA found issues with three.

Samples with issues
BullseyeATFA ThorntonsATF DuraMaxATF

Note: PQIA has been advised by both RelaDyne and Pinnacle that they have acted to address the issues.

The results of the tests conducted on the samples below are consistent with their labeled claims
SuperSCustomPlusDM PMATF MAG1ATF AccelATFFront

The PQIA created the following Quick Reference guides to help consumers understand the evolution of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) specifications and the viscosity requirements for some of the most common specified for use in transmissions currently on the road.

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Automatic Transmission Fluid Timeline


ATF Viscosity Specifications


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