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Road-Tech Premium 5W-30 Motor Oil, API SN
ILSAC GF-5

Marketed by Salado Sales, Inc. Temple, TX

 

Purchased in: WAWA, West Chester, PA

Date of purchase: 6/2/2012

 

The results of the tests conducted on this sample meet the requirements of an API SN, ILSAC GF-5, SAE 5W-30 Engine oil.

 

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TEST PROGRAM

 

 

The ranges and averages shown in the table below are for
current specifications (API SN GF-5)
  Road-Tech

PHYSICAL TESTS Standard/ranges-b Average-e
 TBN, mg KOH/g, (ASTM D2896) 6.1 to 8.3 7.2 8.4
 Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 9.3 to 12.5 10.5 10.4
 Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 55.8 to 65.2 61.88 63.6
 Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 156 to 169 160 153
 Viscosity @ -30ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 6,600 Max 5,775 6,248
 Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ºC (ASTM D5800) 15 Max 14.2 13.1
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS-c      
Additives
    Nitrogen μg/g (ASTM D-5762) 599 to 990 804.2 746.3
    Calcium 1,570 to 2,460 2,051 2,304
    Magnesium, ppm 6 to 46 12.3 10
    Phosphorus,  ppm 600 to 800 703 697
    Zinc, ppm 766 to 868 791 825
    Molybdenum,  ppm <1 to 269 60 42
    Barium, ppm <1 <1 <1
  Additives and/or other
    Boron,  ppm <1 to 237 79 4
    Silicon,  ppm-d 3 to 9 5 2
    Potassium, ppm 9 to 17 11 11
    Manganese, ppm <1 <1 <1
    Titanium, ppm <1 to 114 11 <1
    Sulfur, ppm 5,000 Max 2,785 3,419
    Copper, ppm <1 <1 <1
    Sodium, ppm 5 to 454 172 <5
    Vanadium, ppm <1 <1 <1
Contaminants
    Silver, ppm <1 <1 <1
    Aluminum, ppm <1 to 3 1 1
    Chromium, ppm <1 <1 <1
    Iron, ppm <1 to 1 1 <1
    Nickel, ppm <1 <1 <1
    Lead, ppm <1 <1 <1
    Antimony, ppm <1 <1 <1
    Tin, ppm <1 <1 <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.

 

 
Road-Tech 5W-30, API SN

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.

 

 
Viscometrics

The viscometrics meet the required targets for a 5W-30.

Viscosity @ 100șC, cSt, (ASTM D445)
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 Viscosity @ -30șC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293)
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Volatility Phosphorus
   
The volatility meets the requirements for an API SN ILSAC GF-5 designation.
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 The phosphorus content meets the requirements
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FRONT AND BACK LABELS FROM PRODUCT TESTED