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Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
6001 Bollinger Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA


Chevron Corporation, headquartered in San Ramon, CA, is an American multinational oil and gas company. The company has operations in 180 countries and is one of the largest fully integrated oil companies in the world. Chevron's business activities include upstream, downstream and chemicals, mining, and power generation. The Chevron®, Texaco® and Caltex® master brands are recognized worldwide, as are its Delo, Ursa, Supreme, and Havoline brands of lubricants and other automotive products.

With its new plant in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Chevron is the largest supplier of premium base oils in the world.



The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) is an independent resource for information and insights on the quality of lubricants in the marketplace. Our mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by randomly sampling and independently testing lubricants taken from the field. Test results are posted along with the brand names on the PQIA website. This webpage provides an analysis on the brand detailed below.


 The following are the test results for the sample examined.


Chevron Delo 400 LE
SAE 15W-40, API CJ-4, CI-4 Plus,CI-4, CH-4, SL, SM

Chevron Delo 400 LE

SAE  15W-40, API CJ-4, CI-4 Plus, CI-4, CH-4, SL,SM



Chevron Products Company, San Ramon, CA

Purchased at:  Edison, NJ

Date of purchase: 11-19-2014




Test Results and Assessment:

The results of the tests conducted on this sample meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories.

Physical Properties
Elemental Analysis
Note: Although laboratory tests alone cannot be used to establish if engine oil meets an API Service Category, they can be used to determine if it doesn't.


PHYSICAL TESTS (click test for details) Standard Chevron Delo 400LE
 TBN, mg KOH/g, (ASTM D2896)   8.86
 Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445)  12.5 to 16.3 15.33
 Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445   124.26
 Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 128
 Viscosity @ -20ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 7,000 Max 6,373
 Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ºC (ASTM D5800) 13 Max -c 12.5
    Calcium   1,521
    Magnesium   384
    Phosphorus,  ppm 1,250 1,157
    Zinc, ppm   1,273
    Molybdenum,  ppm   92
    Barium, ppm   <1
    Boron, ppm   557
    Silicon, ppm   6
    Potassium, ppm   <5
    Manganese, ppm   <1 
    Titanium, ppm   <1 
    Copper, ppm <1 
    Sodium, ppm   <5 
    Vanadium, ppm   <1 
    Silver, ppm   <1
    Aluminum, ppm   3
    Chromium, ppm   <1
    Iron, ppm   2
    Nickel, ppm   <1
    Lead, ppm   <1
    Antimony, ppm   <1
    Tin, ppm   <1

a- Standards, shown in yellow are established by API, SAE and others.

b-Test Method for metal analysis is ASTM D5185.

c - This specification is expressed to two significant figures, therefore results up to 13.5 are considered on specification.