Product Tested

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Bullseye Automotive Products Inc.

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
Bullseye Automotive Products Inc.
Dolton, IL 60419

Website(s): No Website(s) Found


Bullseye Automotive Products High Mileage
Automatic Transmission Fluid ATF-A

Product: Bullseye Automotove Products High Mileage
Labeled: ATF-A

Manufactured By: Bullseye Automotive Products Inc.

Purchased at: Warren, OH

Date of purchase: 4/25/2018


Website(s): No Website(s) Found

Test Results and Assessment:

CONSUMER ALERT: The results of the tests conducted on this sample do not meet the requirements for TYPE A automatic transmission fluid due to its Viscosity Index which is 37% lower than the >150 specified. In addition, consumers are cautioned that the product tested contains greater than 999 parts per million of silicon and such levels are indicative of contamination in the form of abrasive material.

Although the back label on the sample tested states “It is designed for use in older model automobiles and light duty trucks requiring a ‘Type A’ Automatic Transmission fluid and where economy is a major consideration,” consumers are cautioned that General Motors TYPE A transmission fluid was the first ATF specification ever published in 1949. It was replaced in 1957 by TYPE A Suffix A (TASA) and both specifications are OBSOLETE. Use of a TYPE A ATF in most cars currently on the road will cause poor performance and can damage a transmission. Type A Automatic Transmission Fluid is not suitable for use in automatic transmissions manufactured after 1957.  Click Transmission Fluid Timeline

Another point of concern with regards to the product tested is the star-shaped graphic on the front and back labels reading "FOR GASOLINE ENGINES." The graphic is very similar to the ILSAC Starburst used to show motor oils that are API Certified to the most recent ILSAC designation, and as such, could be misconstrued by a consumer as a mark of quality.

Consumers are advised that this is not the first Bullseye product PQIA has issued alerts on. In fact, PQIA has issued several alerts on Bullseye brand motor oils. In addition, the states of Missouri, Michigan, and Georgia have previously issued consumer alerts on various Bullseye products. See link.

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Flash Point of a DEXRON III/MERCON Fluid in °C (ASTM D92)

The results of the Flash Point test conducted on this sample meet the requirements of Typ A ATF.
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Viscosity @ 100°C, cSt (ASTM D445)

The results of the Kinematic Viscosity @ 100ºC test conducted on this sample meet the requirements of Type A ATF.
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Brookfield Viscosity @-40°C mPa s (cP)

The results of the Viscosity Index on this sample DOES NOT meet the requirements ofType A ATF.
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PHYSICAL TESTS (click for test details) - a Standard Bullseye
Flash Point in ºC (ASTM D92) 185 Min 206
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 8.3 to 9.1 8.2
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445)   64.6
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 150 Min 94
Brookfield Viscosity @-40ºC mPa s (cP)   >90,000
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium, ppm 161
Magnesium, ppm <1
Phosphorus, ppm   354
Zinc, ppm 363
Molybdenum,  ppm <1
Barium, ppm 1
Boron, ppm <1
Silicon, ppm >999
Potassium, ppm <1
Manganese, ppm <1
Titanium, ppm <1
Copper, ppm 1
Sodium, ppm <1
Vanadium, ppm <1
Silver, ppm <1
Aluminum, ppm <1
Chromium, ppm <1
Iron, ppm 5
Nickel, ppm <1
Lead, ppm <1
Antimony, ppm <1
Tin, ppm <1
  1. Standards, shown in yellow are established by API, SAE and others.
  2. Test Method for metal analysis is ASTM D5185.