ASTM D7603 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Storage Stability and Compatibility in Automotive Gear Oils

    Active Standard ASTM D7603 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.B0.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 To avoid equipment failure, a gear oil should remain a homogeneous liquid and the performance-enhancing additives should not separate out when the oil is stored for an extended period of time.

    5.2 In addition, because different oils are often mixed when topping off, gear oils from different manufacturers, or containing different base fluids or performance-enhancing additives should be completely miscible and compatible with each other. Any incompatibility of such mixtures can also result in equipment failure if gelation or additive dropout occurs.

    5.3 The test procedures described in this test method are designed to evaluate the performance of gear oils in each of the above circumstances.

    5.4 This test method is based on the separate test methods FED-STD-791/3440.1 and FED-STD-791/3440.2. Minor changes have been made to the FED test methods to provide a coherent unified procedure. These changes do not significantly alter the test procedures. This test method has, therefore, potential for use as an alternative to the FED test methods in gear oil specifications such as SAE J2360 and Specification D5760.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of storage stability characteristics and the compatibility of automotive gear lubricants when blended with reference lubricants. The purpose of the test is to determine if performance-enhancing additives separate out under defined conditions.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    Federal Test Method Standard

    FED-STD-791/3440.1 Storage Solubility Characteristics of Universal Gear Lubricants

    FED-STD-791/3440.2 Compatibility Characteristics of Universal Gear Lubricants

    ASTM Standards

    D235 Specification for Mineral Spirits (Petroleum Spirits) (Hydrocarbon Dry Cleaning Solvent)

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D4175 Terminology Relating to Petroleum, Petroleum Products, and Lubricants

    D5760 Specification for Performance of Manual Transmission Gear Lubricants

    E542 Practice for Calibration of Laboratory Volumetric Apparatus

    E1272 Specification for Laboratory Glass Graduated Cylinders

    SAE Standards

    J2360 Lubricating Oil, Gear Multipurpose (Metric) Military Use


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.100 (Lubricants, industrial oils and related products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15121503(Gear oil)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D7603

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D7603-13, Standard Test Method for Determination of Storage Stability and Compatibility in Automotive Gear Oils, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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