FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Specialty Oil FAQs
ATV Oil FAQs
Does Valvoline ATV oil meet SG, SH, SJ API service classifications?
Valvoline ATV 4-Stroke SAE 10W-40 motor oil meets these specs as well as the JASO MA specification for wet-clutch applications.
Is Valvoline ATV oil a synthetic?
Valvoline 4-Stroke ATV motor oil is not a synthetic. Valvoline does not offer a synthetic oil for ATVs.
Motorcycle Oil FAQs
I ride a Harley-Davidson® and was told only to use their motorcycle oil. Is it OK to use Valvoline motorcycle oil?
It is completely fine to use Valvoline's 4-Stroke Motorcycle Oil in Harley-Davidson motorcycles. This oil is designed to meet the needs of all major brands of 4-stroke motorcycles and has been specifically tested in Harley-Davidson at our Ashland, KY testing facility.
System Fluids FAQs
Power Steering Fluid FAQs
What is the shelf life of the remaining Valvoline power steering fluid after it has been opened?
Any chemical that has been opened, including brake fluid, power steering fluid, etc., has a recommended shelf life of no longer than two to three years, depending on storage.
Automatic Transmission Fluid FAQs
I had my vehicle's transmission fluid changed using Valvoline MaxLife™ ATF Fully Synthetic. Conventional transmission fluid was used for all previous changes. Will this cause a problem?
No. Switching to synthetic transmission fluid after using a conventional product will not cause a problem. Synthetic and conventional oils are 100 percent compatible.
What is the difference between DEXRON® III/MERCON® and type F transmission fluid?
The Valvoline Type F transmission fluid is a high quality NON-friction modified fluid. DEXRON® III/MERCON includes friction modifiers in the fluid additive package.
Does Valvoline make a synthetic ATF?
What is the shelf life of automatic transmission fluid?
The Valvoline Company does not have a documented shelf life exposure on finished motor oil or automatic transmission fluid. We would expect under optimal conditions (in an enclosed space, protected from the weather) that the product would be stable for an extended period of time. We recommend two things: 1) Make sure the rating meets or exceeds your requirements, and 2) Shake the container before use. If the fluid sits for an extended period of time, sometimes the additives may settle in the bottom of the container.
Is it OK to mix synthetic ATF with a conventional and/or synthetic blend ATF?
Yes. Synthetic ATF and conventional fluids are 100 percent compatible with each other.
Is MaxLife ATF compatible with other brands of automatic transmission fluid?
MaxLife ATF is a multi-vehicle transmission fluid that is compatible with many brands and manufacturer recommendations. Refer to the MaxLife product data sheet to determine whether MaxLife is compatible for your vehicle's application.
Is MaxLife automatic transmission fluid an SP-III fluid?
MaxLife ATF is 100 percent compatible for use in SP-II and SP-III applications.
Can MaxLife ATF be used in Volvos with a Geartronic Transmission?
Valvoline MaxLife ATF is suitable for use in Volvo transmissions that require the use of TIV or JWS3309 ATF.
Can MaxLife ATF be used where a Dexron VI fluid is required?
Yes. MaxLife ATF can be used in DEXRON VI applications.
Can MaxLife ATF be mixed with Dexron VI or does the fluid need to be purged prior to installing MaxLIfe ATF?
Valvoline MaxLife ATF transmission fluid is 100 percent compatible with the DEXRON VI for mixing or flushing a system.
Is MaxLife ATF OK to use in applications requiring Mercon-V fluid?
Yes. MaxLife ATF can be used where a MERCON V* fluid is recommended.
*Ford and MERCON V are registered trademarks of Ford Motor Company. This is not a licensed Ford product.
Does the color of antifreeze matter? Can you mix antifreeze with different colored antifreeze products?
Color is used by many antifreeze and vehicle manufacturers for identification purposes. Color has no bearing on the performance of the antifreeze. Always follow the specifications in your owner's manual for coolant applications.
Can you mix DEX-COOL™ with other antifreeze products?
Improper mixing of coolants has the potential to cause corrosion issues. Valvoline recommends using the correct antifreeze/coolant for your particular application.
What is the proper way to use Pyroil engine flush? Do I drain the oil first or add the engine flush to the oil?
- Before using engine flush, ensure the oil in the crankcase is up to safe level and then warm engine to driving temperature.
- Immediately before changing the oil and filter, add Pyroil engine flush to the crankcase and allow the engine to run at normal idle speed for five minutes. Do not drive vehicle or race engine until the crankcase has been drained and fresh motor oil installed.
- Drain the crankcase and replace the oil filter.
- Refill the crankcase with fresh motor oil.
SynPower Chemicals FAQs
Valvoline 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Oil claims to meet SAE J2360 specifications. However, Valvoline 75W-140 Synthetic Gear Oil does not make the same claim. Do both of these Valvoline SynPower products meet the SAE J2360 spec?
No. Valvoline SynPower Full Synthetic 75W-140 Gear Oil is not approved for the J2360 specification.
Racing Sponsorships FAQs
How long has Valvoline been involved in racing?
Valvoline lubricated the winning car in the first auto race in the U.S. in 1895 in Chicago. Since then, Valvoline Racing has been involved all over the world in everything from NASCAR to Indy Car racing to NHRA drag racing to Formula One.
What teams does Valvoline sponsor?
In 2015, Valvoline has working relationships with a number of top tier teams and drivers in various series throughout the United States, including NASCAR and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). In NASCAR, Valvoline is proud to be the Official Motor Oil of Hendrick Motorsports. Valvoline also supports NHRA teams of Gray Motorsports and Stringer Performance.
When did Valvoline start making motor oil specifically for racing?
Racers have been depending on Valvoline racing oils for more than 100 years. Valvoline formulated the first racing motor oil in 1965 and Valvoline VR-1 Racing Motor Oil is the best-selling motor oil of all time. It can also be used for today's cars.
What Valvoline racing oils (racing-only) are available?
Valvoline has a complete line of Pro-V Racing Oils that are intended for racing engines only and are not suitable for street vehicles.
Will Valvoline sponsor my car?
Valvoline is not accepting sponsorship proposals. Visit Team.Valvoline.com to learn more about how you can earn rewards toward Valvoline Racing products.
Our Business FAQs
Who owns Valvoline? Is it a public or private company?
Valvoline is a business unit of public company Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH). Ashland is a global leader in providing specialty chemical products, services and solutions to a wide range of consumer and industrial markets in more than 100 countries. To learn more about Ashland, visit www.ashland.com.
When was Valvoline Founded?
Valvoline was founded by Dr. John Ellis who formulated a petroleum-based lubricant in 1866 and trademarked the Valvoline name in 1873.
How large a company is Valvoline?
Best known for its lubricants, Valvoline also markets a number of other brands, including Zerex™ antifreeze and MaxLife™ products created for higher-mileage engines. Valvoline also has a stake in the quick-lube market with its Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM unit, the second largest quick lube chain in the U.S. with some 930 service centers.
Where are Valvoline headquarters located?
Valvoline World Headquarters are located in Lexington, KY.
Where can I learn more about Valvoline history?
Valvoline has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil marketer.