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CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
CITGO Petroleum Corporation
Houston, TX 77210

Website(s): www.citgolubes.com

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.citgolubes.com.

Automatic Transmission Fluid


The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) is an independent resource for information and insights on the quality of lubricants in the marketplace. Our mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by randomly sampling and independently testing lubricants taken from the field. Test results are posted along with the brand names on the PQIA website. This webpage provides an analysis on the brand detailed below.

The following are the test results for the sample examined.

Automatic Transmission Fluid

Multi-Purpose ATF
Labeled: "Recommended for vehicles where DEXRON®-III or MERCON® fluids are required."

Manufactured By: CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Houston, TX

Purchased at: Paw Paw, MI

Date of purchase: 11/15/2016


Website(s): www.citgolubes.com

Test Results and Assessment:

The results of the tests conducted on this sample meet the requirements for DEXRON® III/MERCON®.


bottle icon Physical Properties pass
Elemental Analysis pass
Labeling pass

Note: Although the laboratory tests conducted cannot alone be used to establish if an Automatic Transmission Fluid meets all of its labeled specifications, they can be used to determine if it doesn't.

PHYSICAL TESTS (click for test details) - a Standard CITGO TRANSGARD
Flash Point in ºC (ASTM D92) 170/177 Min-c 212
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 6.8 Min 6.9
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 34.5
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 165
Brookfield Viscosity @-40ºC mPa s (cP) 20,000 Max 14,160
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium 4
Magnesium 0
Phosphorus, ppm 136
Zinc, ppm 2
Molybdenum,  ppm 0
Barium, ppm 0
Boron, ppm 50
Silicon, ppm 0
Potassium, ppm 0
Manganese, ppm 0
Titanium, ppm 0
Copper, ppm 0
Sodium, ppm 0
Vanadium, ppm 0
Silver, ppm 0
Aluminum, ppm 0
Chromium, ppm 0
Iron, ppm 0
Nickel, ppm 0
Lead, ppm 0
Antimony, ppm 0
Tin, ppm 0
  1. Standards, shown in yellow are established by API, SAE and others.
  2. Test Method for metal analysis is ASTM D5185.
  3. Dexron® III, 170°C minimum, Mercon®, 177 °C minimum.