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Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATD)
Recommended for use in applications specifying
Allison® TES 295 or C-4, Dexron® III, Mercon®, TE-ML 14C
AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ Q&A
Allison® transmission owners are being held hostage.
They are being forced to purchase a transmission fluid that is
costing more money than they should be spending. They do, however,
Allison® transmission has
established the Technical Engineering Specification 295 (TES 295)
for automatic transmission fluids. When TES 295 products are used in
Allison® transmissions and according to Allison® recommendations as
outlined in Allison® Service Information Letter 10-TR-99, Rev. B,
the service life of these oils can be extended several times that of
mineral oils. This extended drain recommendation saves money for
Allison® transmission owners.
The only oil on the market, however, that is
formally identified by Allison® as a TES 295 product is TranSynd®
Automatic Transmission Fluid, which happens to be sold by Allison®
in partnership with Castrol®. Other companies seeking TES 295
approval are faced with formidable obstacles. Allison® has not made
its stationary test stand available to the competition and has not
established formalized field trial protocol. Outside companies,
therefore, without unreasonably heavy investments in an ambiguous
test program, are locked out of the market. And Allison®, by
positioning itself as the only player, is able to charge exorbitant
prices for their product. As a result, Allison® transmission owners
who want to benefit from the potential savings realized through
extended drain intervals are being taken advantage of.
In response, AMSOIL closely examined TranSynd® and
developed a cost-effective replacement product named Torque-Drive™.
Torque-Drive™ is a premium synthetic transmission fluid based on the
same type of chemistry as TranSynd®. This is supported by the
infrared (IR) scan and physical data comparisons included here.
Clearly, the testing shows no measurable performance differences
between Torque-Drive™ and TranSynd®. They do, however, differ in
cost. Allison® transmission owners save money with Torque-Drive™.
The Allison® extended warranty states that
Allison® will only cover repairs in which the transmission had been
operated with TranSynd® or an equivalent fluid which meets the TES
295 specification. Torque-Drive™ is, in fact, based on the same type
of chemistry as TranSynd® and is, therefore, recommended by AMSOIL
as a replacement for TranSynd® and for use in all TES 295
applications. And because it is not specifically designated by
Allison® as a TES 295 product, the AMSOIL warranty is in place to
cover all lubricant related failures.
All Allison® transmission owners would be wise to
reevaluate their use of TranSynd®, as well as their investment in
the Allison® extended warranty program. There is no justification
for paying the high cost for TranSynd® when an equivalent product is
available for less.
|AMSOIL Torque-Drive Synthetic Automatic
Transmission Fluid is based on the same type of chemistry as
TransSynd®. This fine, infra-red scan (IR), revealing a
chemical "picture" of both products, shows no measurable
Engineered to eliminate the deficiencies
common to all conventional, petroleum ATF's, AMSOIL
Torque-Drive™ provides superior performance and protection
against thermal and oxidative degradation, sludge and varnish
formation, viscosity shear down, cold temperature oil thickening,
poor friction stability, high component wear and shortened oil life.
Automatic transmission operating expenses can be directly linked to
transmission fluid quality. Poor quality oils need frequent changes
and they reduce the effective service life of transmissions.
Delivering the ultimate in oxidation resistance, wear control and
friction performance, AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ extends lubricant
life up to six times* and provides protection beyond that possible
from conventional ATF's. Vehicles stay on the road longer,
unnecessary labor and maintenance costs are reduced, and the return
on costly transmission investments is maximized. Immediate financial
benefits are realized upon the installation of AMSOIL
* Depending on duty cycle, local conditions, oil
analysis and/or OEM recommendations.
Thermal and Oxidative Stability
Hot weather and operating conditions are no
excuse for poor transmission reliability. By delivering a slower than
normal oxidation rate, AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ prevents
sludge that blocks small valves, prevents varnish that restricts
component movement and reduces oil thickening that slows down shift
times. AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ lasts longer than conventional
ATF's, protects better than conventional ATF's and extends transmission
life beyond that possible with conventional ATF's.
Conventional automatic transmission fluids use petroleum
oils with viscosity index (VI) improvers added to increase the oil's
operational temperature range. Over time, VI improvers shear down,
promoting premature wear by leaving only a thin base oil to protect
vital transmission components. AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ does
not contain VI improvers, which means no VI improver shear down
regardless of the operating environment. The unmatched film strength of
AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ prevents wear, significantly
increasing the transmission service life.
Oxidation by-products destroy the sensitive friction
characteristics of transmission fluids, resulting in the rapid
degradation of shift quality. The thermal and oxidative stability
inherent in AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ assures consistent,
smooth clutch engagement with no harsh shifting throughout the life
of the fluid. AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ maintains proper
coefficients of friction, prevents clutch glazing and prevents elongated
Extreme Temperature Performance
Transmissions operate in temperature extremes. In hot
temperatures, the synthetic construction of AMSOIL Torque-Drive™
virtually eliminates oil evaporation and delivers a better
lubricating film than conventional oils for better overall
protection of vital components. Oil consumption is reduced and
transmissions require less maintenance.
In cold temperatures, AMSOIL
Torque-Drive™ easily flows, as it does not contain the wax found
in conventional ATF's. Cold temperature fluidity allows for the proper
operation of small, delicate, electronically controlled solenoids that
affect gear changes. Unlike conventional ATF's, transmissions using
AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ have quick response times during cold
operations and can be used immediately upon start-up.
AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ is
recommended as a direct replacement for TranSynd® Synthetic ATF in heavy
duty, on and off highway automatic transmissions manufactured by
Allison®, General Motors®, Ford®, Voith® and ZF® or wherever the
standards TES-295, C-4, Dexron® III, Mercon® or TE-ML 14C are
specified. Examples of operations that benefit from using AMSOIL
Torque-Drive™ include municipal or transit buses, garbage
haulers, motor homes, delivery vans, emergency vehicles, school buses,
dump trucks, utility vehicles, cement trucks, line haul trucks and tow
Where extended drain intervals are not
specified by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), it is
recommended that AMSOIL Torque-Drive™ be evaluated with
oil analysis at standard OEM drain intervals or more frequently to
establish proper drain interval. Where extended drain intervals are
recommended by the OEM, follow that recommendation. This includes the
recommendations set by Allison® in document #10-TR-99 Rev. B, January
2002, for TES-295 fluids.
AMSOIL Torque-Drive Synthetic
Viscosity @ 100°C, cSt
Viscosity @ 40°C, cSt
|Brookfield @ -40°C (cP)
|Density @ 60°F (lb/gal)
Flash Point °C (°F) (ASTM D
Pour Point °C (°F) (ASTM D
|Four Ball Wear Test
(40 kg, 75°C, 1200 rpm, 1 hr)
Copper Corrosion (150°C, 3