transmission company manufacturers heavy-duty transmissions and
recommends maintenance practices for those units. Allison
establishes transmission fluid quality levels through fluid
specifications such as the popular C-4. Allison established another
specification for high quality oils called Technical Engineering
Specification-295 (TES-295). Operators using TES-295 oils can extend
drain intervals according to Allison recommendations in bulletin
1099C, and operators are eligible to purchase the Extended
Transmission Coverage (ETC) warranty. ETC is an additional warranty
beyond the standard Allison warranty.
What is TranSynd®?
the only TES-295 licensed synthetic transmission fluid formula
available. It is manufactured by Castrol® and marketed in
conjunction with Allison. This formulation is also being made
available through other marketers under private label as well.
Why are there not other products
licensed as TES-295?
lubricant companies seeking TES-295 approval for their own
formulations are faced with formidable obstacles. Allison requires a
test to be run on a specialized test stand, which it has not made
available to other lubricant companies. Furthermore, Allison
requires a field trial but has not established formalized field
trial protocol. This effectively locks out competing oil companies
and allows Allison and Castrol to charge exorbitant prices.
How can AMSOIL
claim Torque-Drive® as TES-295 quality without having run the tests?
Allison did run the tests on TranSynd® and AMSOIL successfully
"reverse engineered" TranSynd®, creating a fluid based on the same
type chemical technology. Both contain PAO. Both contain ester. Both
contain enhanced additive systems. Neither contains VI improvers.
Not even sophisticated laboratory analysis can accurately measure
the differences between these two products. The only difference
customers will notice is the price. Torque-Drive® at commercial
pricing is considerably lower than TranSynd®.
How will the use of Torque-Drive®
affect the warranty coverage?
The use of
Torque-Drive® will not affect the standard Allison warranty for
defects in material or workmanship and may only be challenged if
there is clear evidence of a lubricant related failure, in which
case AMSOIL provides full warranty coverage. Torque-Drive® does not
fulfill the Allison warranty requirements for those customers who
have already purchased ETC. This is a separate contract that binds
the parties according to its terms.
are considering purchasing ETC should give this careful
consideration. ETC can be very costly ranging from $235 per unit for
one year in school busses equipped with a 1000 model transmission to
as much as $4,000 per unit for three years in transit busses
equipped with a B500R. Allison customers need to ask themselves
where the savings are if they have to pay big dollars for additional
warranty coverage which forces them to use the most expensive
transmission fluid available. If Allison customers consider
Torque-Drive® as an alternative, they will find that the standard
Allison warranty for defects in material and workmanship is not
compromised and AMSOIL provides additional warranty coverage for
lubricant related failures indefinitely.
Torque-Drive® compare to AMSOIL Synthetic Transmission Fluid (ATF)?
was created to satisfy the concerns of customers currently using
TranSynd®, and it carries with it the confidence to be used for the
intervals established by Allison. AMSOIL ATF is a more advanced
product with universal applications such as Mercon V and ATF +4.
AMSOIL does not recommend draining or switching to Torque-Drive®
unless the Allison customer intends on following the extended drain
interval recommendations of Allison.
What are the key
performance benefits offered by Torque-Drive®?
Torque-Drive® provides superior performance and protection against
thermal and oxidative degradation, sludge and varnish formation,
viscosity shear down, cold temperature thickening, poor friction
stability, high component wear and shortened oil life. Conventional
oils require frequent changes and reduce the effective service life
of transmissions. AMSOIL Torque-Drive® extends lubricant life and
provides protection superior to conventional ATF's.
AMSOIL Torque-Drive® Product Info