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Super XXX 10W30 

New World Sales, Midlothian, IL 


Test Results on this sample indicate the product can cause damage to passenger car engines.



Purchased in: Melrose Mart, Melrose IL

Date of purchase: 11/14/2012


CONSUMER ALERT:  The label on this product states "10W30 Motor Oil." Test results show this product is not an SAE 10W-30, and does not meet any recognized specifications for motor oil.   The viscosity for this oil is close to 75% below where it should be for a SAE 10W-30.


To consumer's who likely don't relate to what viscosity means, if you see this brand on the shelf at a convenience store, shake the bottle; it will sound like water in a bottle.



Further, the product tested contains 97 parts per million of silicon. Silicon is typically associated with abrasive material that can be harmful to an engine.  The sample tested shows an oil that should not be used in an automobile engine as it could cause engine damage. See Video-->


Consumers should also take note that the back label on this brand states "It is designed for use in older model automobiles requiring SB specifications and where economy is a major consideration."  For those unfamiliar with the API Service Classifications, API SB was designed for vehicles manufacturers between 1930 and 1963. Further, these oils are deemed by the API to be "obsolete" and "can cause equipment harm."









  Super XXX
PHYSICAL TESTS Standard/ranges-b Average-e
 TBN, mg KOH/g, (ASTM D2896)     0.38
 Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 9.3 to 12.5   2.4
 Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445     9.3
 Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270)     64
 Viscosity @ -25ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 7,000 Max   514
 Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ºC (ASTM D5800)     n/r
    Calcium     <1
    Magnesium, ppm     <1
    Phosphorus,  ppm     6
    Zinc, ppm     <1
    Molybdenum,  ppm     <1
    Barium, ppm     <1
    Boron,  ppm     <1
    Silicon,  ppm-d     97
    Potassium, ppm     <1
    Manganese, ppm     <1
    Titanium, ppm     <1
    Copper, ppm     <1
    Sodium, ppm     <1
    Vanadium, ppm     <1
    Silver, ppm     <1
    Aluminum, ppm     <1
    Chromium, ppm     <1
    Iron, ppm     <1
    Nickel, ppm     <1
    Lead, ppm     <1
    Antimony, ppm     <1
    Tin, ppm     <1

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b- Standards, shown in yellow are established by API, SAE and others. Ranges, shown in teal, represent the high and low data for the 13 major brands of API SN ILSAC GF-5 tested in September 2011.

c-Test Method for metal analysis is ASTM ASTM D5185.

d- Although silicon is used as an antifoam additive in lubricants, concentrations above 7ppm have been linked to contamination from abrasive material,

e- Average of the 13 major brands of API SN ILSAC GF-5 tested in September 2011.


Super XXX
The American Petroleum Institute sets forth a number of laboratory and engine tests required to meet their performance specification. Although laboratory tests alone cannot be used to establish if an engine oil meets API specifications they can be used to determine if it doesn't.

The viscometrics DO NOT meet the required targets for a 10W-30.

Viscosity @ 100șC, cSt, (ASTM D445)
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 Viscosity @ -25șC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293)
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