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Mobil Super™ Synthetic 5W-30 API SN ILSAC GF-5
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Mobil Super™ Synthetic

ExxonMobil Corporation, Fairfax, VA

 

Purchased at: PepBoys, Piscataway, NJ

Date of purchase: 1-25-2013

 

 

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

PHYSICAL TESTS Standard/ranges-b Average-e Mobil Super Synthetic
 TBN, mg KOH/g, (ASTM D2896) 6.1 to 8.3 9.2 8.0
 Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 9.3 to 12.5 10.5 11.3
 Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 55.8 to 65.2 58.4 66.1
 Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 156 to 169 167.4 165
 Viscosity @ -30ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 6,600 Max 4,487 5,436
 Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ºC (ASTM D5800) 15 Max 9.9 11.6
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS-c      
Additives
    Calcium 1,570 to 2,460 1,996 2,240
    Magnesium, ppm 6 to 46 327 10
    Phosphorus,  ppm 600 to 800 691 698
    Zinc, ppm 766 to 868 861 845
    Molybdenum,  ppm <1 to 269 72 81
    Barium, ppm <1 <1 <1
 
    Boron,  ppm <1 to 237 86 255
    Silicon,  ppm-d 3 to 9 6 6
    Potassium, ppm 9 to 17 6 <5
    Manganese, ppm <1 <1 <1 
    Titanium, ppm <1 to 114 <1 <1 
    Copper, ppm <1 <1 <1 
    Sodium, ppm 5 to 454 66 <5 
    Vanadium, ppm <1 <1 <1
Contaminants
    Silver, ppm <1 <1 <1
    Aluminum, ppm <1 to 3 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 green, represent the high and low data for the 7 major brands of synthetic API SN ILSAC GF-5 tested in February 2013.

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 7 major brands of synthetic API SN ILSAC GF-5 tested in February 2013.

 

 
Mobil Super™ Synthetic 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