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In the newer Escapes, there seems to be a lot of discussion about dirty looking oil in our transmissions, even with low mileage. Had anyone on this Forum had their trans oil checked by a qualified Lab? Here is a lab you might try.
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Here is some info from their website on the subject. FYI
Automatic and Manual Transmission Fluid Analysis
"Many driving conditions can create greater challenges for transmission fluid. Consumer and commercial vehicles face heavy loads, continuous operation, and stop/go traffic which can cause thermal breakdown in transmission fluid. Aside from high-stress conditions, manual and automatic transmission fluids are highly affected by contaminants, such as metals, solids and moisture. Our transmission fluid analysis programs will check for fluid condition and contamination levels.
  • Contaminants: Metals, solids, and moisture will eventually build up in the transmission fluid. Contaminants that remain in the transmission will shorten the life of the transmission, lower system performance and ultimately damage it to the point where it will need to be rebuilt or replaced.
  • Heat: High-stress driving conditions will cause thermal breakdown. This will “cook” or oxidize transmission fluid, resulting in varnish and sludge."
 

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The Mercon LV in my 6F55 transmissions always looked nearly clear. The 2014 SHO I drag raced would have a layer of metal shavings when I drained the pan. But the Mercon LV never looked dark.
 

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In the newer Escapes, there seems to be a lot of discussion about dirty looking oil in our transmissions, even with low mileage. Had anyone on this Forum had their trans oil checked by a qualified Lab? Here is a lab you might try.
Oil Analysis Laboratory | Same Day Results
Here is some info from their website on the subject. FYI
Automatic and Manual Transmission Fluid Analysis
"Many driving conditions can create greater challenges for transmission fluid. Consumer and commercial vehicles face heavy loads, continuous operation, and stop/go traffic which can cause thermal breakdown in transmission fluid. Aside from high-stress conditions, manual and automatic transmission fluids are highly affected by contaminants, such as metals, solids and moisture. Our transmission fluid analysis programs will check for fluid condition and contamination levels.
  • Contaminants: Metals, solids, and moisture will eventually build up in the transmission fluid. Contaminants that remain in the transmission will shorten the life of the transmission, lower system performance and ultimately damage it to the point where it will need to be rebuilt or replaced.
  • Heat: High-stress driving conditions will cause thermal breakdown. This will “cook” or oxidize transmission fluid, resulting in varnish and sludge."
Send in a sample and let us know the results. :)
 

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BITOG is the forum for serious discussions about oil. That particular forum is where the used oil analysis and virgin oil analysis for ATF and gear oils are posted/discussed. Once you get the results back, you could post it there just to stir up some discussion. There will always be some folks that will argue about a couple PPM of aluminum or iron etc...
 
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