FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you have questions about lubricants, the environment, or our business? Find answers below.
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Motorcycle Oil FAQs
Does Valvoline offer oils specifically for motorcycles?
Valvoline has premium motorcycle oils made with the most advance technology. These products are formulated specifically for the unique demands of motorcycle designs and exceed the requirements of leading motorcycle manufacturers. Click here to find out more.
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?
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.
Racing and Sponsorship 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. Since then, Valvoline Racing has been involved all over the world from NASCAR to Indy Car, NHRA drag racing to Formula One, Motorcycle racing to Baja and more.
What teams does Valvoline sponsor?
In 2016, Valvoline worked with a number of top tier teams and drivers in various series throughout the world, including NASCAR and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). In NASCAR, Valvoline is proud to be the Official Motor Oil of Hendrick Motorsports and Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. Most recently, Valvoline launched a global partnership with Manchester City Football Club that competes in the English Premier League.
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.
Will Valvoline sponsor my car or team?
Valvoline is not accepting sponsorship proposals at this time.
Our Business FAQs
Who owns Valvoline? Is it a public or private company?
September 23, 2016, Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) and Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) announced Valvoline's initial public offering of shares of Valvoline's commons stock on the New York Stock Exchange. The event marked a historic moment in Valvoline's 150-year history that positions the company for future growth. Today, Valvoline provides premium lubricants and specialty chemical products, services and solutions to a wide range of consumer and industrial markets in more than 140 countries.
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 / higher-kilometer engines. Valvoline also a leader in the U.S. quick-lube market with its Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM unit, the second largest quick lube chain in the U.S. with over 930 service centers.
Where are Valvoline headquarters located?
Valvoline World Headquarters are located in Lexington, KY, United States.
Where can I learn more about Valvoline history?
Valvoline has been serving American motorists longer than any other motor oil marketer.