The independent resource for information and insights on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace.
|PQIA’s mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by testing and reporting on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace. It is expected that this improved visibility of quality will lead to wider conformance by lubricant manufacturers to specification and performance claims.|
PQIA’s mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by testing and reporting on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace. It is expected that this improved visibility of quality will lead to wider conformance by lubricant manufacturers to specification and performance claims.
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In response to numerous calls received on the PQIA HOTLINE coming from the NY metro area where Silogram is sold, the Petroleum Quality Institute of America arranged for the purchase of Silogram 5W-30 API SN, GF-5 motor oil in drums, and we cracked the bung to see what was inside. In doing so, we understand why buyers were concerned.
The product tested did not meet the labeled requirements, and because of this, PQIA is issuing a Consumer Alert on Silogram 5W-30 motor oil. Understanding, however, that consumers rarely purchase motor oils in drums, this alert is directed at automotive repair garages, fast lubes, and other installers in the New York metro area where this product is sold.
CONSUMER ALERT:The label on this drum claims the oil is an SAE 5W-30 meeting the API SN and ILSAC GF-5 specifications. PQIA's analysis on this drum sample, however, showed the oil is not a 5W-30, but in fact is a 15W or 20W-30. In addition, the test results show the oil contains more than twice the maximum limit of phosphorus allowed by the API and ILSAC specifications, and the TBN is well below the range typically seen in SN/GF-5 oils. The high level of silicon is also concerning and may be indicative of abrasive contamination. Because of the high CCS viscosity, this oil may cause harm to engines operating at low temperatures where a 5W-30 oil is required. CLICK FOR DETAILS
Behind the Scenes
PQIA's mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by testing and reporting on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace. While our website and newsletters are important vehicles to achieve this goal, a good deal of our activity takes place behind the scenes.
PQIA is very active in this regard, working behind the scenes with the EPA, Weights and Measures, States Attorney's General, Consumer Affairs departments, and others to help protect consumers from lubricants that can cause harm to their engines, transmissions, and other equipment.
In addition, PQIA publishes press releases and reaches out to television stations, newspapers, trade journals, weblogs, and other media in an effort to inform consumers about the quality of products in the market.
We also field many questions each day that come in through our "hotline," and follow-up on your concerns.
Keep in mind, we do it all with funding from our supporters.
PQIA's supporters are required to comply with our stringent Code of Ethical Business Conduct and are not exempt from our testing programs and scrutiny. They choose to support PQIA for one simple reason - they share PQIA's passion for protecting consumers from unscrupulous and predatory oil marketers.
By funding PQIA's activities, our supporters are helping to establish a level playing field where fair and honest competition advances oil technology and delivers quality products for consumers to choose from. Together, PQIA and its valued supporters are determined to make a difference in the lubricants market that will benefit everyone.
Please contact me at email@example.com to find out more about how you can help support PQIA's efforts to assure the quality and integrity of lubricants in the market.
March 20, 2013
The results of the third round of synthetic motor oils examined by PQIA are in. Each of these brands meets the requirements of an API SN, ILSAC GF-5, SAE 5W-30 engine oil. Let PQIA know what you think about synthetic motor oils. Visit the PQIA blog
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Spotlight on Synthetics - Round 2
March 11, 2013
The results of the second round of synthetic motor oils examined by PQIA are in. Each of these brands meet the requirements of an API SN, ILSAC GF-5, SAE 5W-30 engine oil.
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Spotlight on Synthetics
March 5, 2013
The first round of synthetic motor oils examined by PQIA is brands offered by major oil companies. The results of the tests conducted on each of these brands meet the requirements of an API SN, ILSAC GF-5, SAE 5W-30 engine oil.
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Synthetics are typically considered the top line in motor oils. They comprise products formulated with superior base oils (API Group III, and/or polyalphaolefins, esters, and others), and additives. Synthetic engine oils are generally said to provide enhanced engine protection from wear and deposits, longer service intervals, superior high temperature operation and cold-flow properties, improved fuel economy, and other features and benefits.
In addition to major oil brand products, synthetic motor oils are produced by a number of independent lubricant manufacturers. Test results on some of these brands and others will be made available on this website in the near future.
October 11, 2012
A National Survey of Lubricant Industry Stakeholders: 2012 - DIFM Labeling
Ninety percent of those in the know in our industry would not have their car serviced with engine oil without knowing the brand, viscosity grade, and API Service Classification of the product used.
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America just completed a tour collecting engine oils and transmission fluid samples in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Whereas we will publish the test results of these samples in a few weeks, we feel a sense of urgency to advise consumers about the proliferation of engine oils on the shelves in these states that can cause serious harm to your engine.
If you care about the car you, your wife, husband, son, daughter, auntie, uncle, cousin or friends are driving in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, click here and read on.
Are You Running Your Car on Cake and Cola?
To our disappointment, what we found in Texas is not much different than what we found in many other states; namely, close to 20% of engine oils on convenience store shelves meet only the American Petroleum Institute (API) SA Service Category; these are obsolete oils formulated for use in passenger car engines built before 1930, and they will do damage to nearly all cars currently on the road.
August 8, 2012
Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) test results
PQIA completes analysis on 7 samples of Automatic Transmission Fluid.
May 8, 2012
Test results are in on five samples of 10W-40 engine oil. Click bottles below for test results.
PQIA MOVES FORWARD WITH BULK OIL TESTING PROGRAM
Until now, PQIA has focused its efforts on the retail class of trade. It has done so by randomly purchasing quart samples of engine oil and transmission fluids at such retail outlets as convenience stores, big box stores, auto parts, and other retail outlets. Based on these samples, 27% of the products tested over the past 2 years have issues, and 11% have issues serious enough to warrant PQIA announcing Consumer Alerts warning that use of these oils can cause engine damage.
Whereas it’s clear there are reasons for concern about lubricants sold on the retail shelves, and PQIA will continue to vigorously test and report on these products, Thomas Glenn, President of PQIA says “PQIA is now expanding its efforts to take a look at the bulk oils sold to and by fast lubes, service stations, new car dealers and other operations changing oil for a fee.”
According to Glenn, “roughly 75% of the passenger car engine oil servicing consumer’s cars comes out of bulk tanks at do-it-for-me (DIFM) operations.” Because of this, Glenn adds, “we are expanding our program to take a good look at the quality and integrity of engine oils in bulk tanks.”
PQIA’s bulk lubricant testing program kicks off this month. Installers, dealers, lubricant marketers and others interested in participating in the program can contact PQIA at: firstname.lastname@example.org
PQIA tested three brands of 10W-40 motor oils and issues a Consumer Alert on MaxiGuard. Click here for Alert.
Click bottle below for details on the 10W-40 oils tested.
Test results are in on major brands of API SN ILSAC GF-5 5W-30 engine oil... All look good.
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New Results are in...
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America is disappointed to report that 8 of the 12 brands we purchased at convenience stores (c-stores) in July 2011 while traveling from Illinois to Pennsylvania have issues. PQIA issues Consumer Alerts on six samples tested.
Five of the 11 engine oils recently tested have issues...
The results are in for the Petroleum Quality Institute of America's most recent round of quality testing on passenger car engine oils. Eleven oil brands were randomly purchased in five states: California, Nevada, Georgia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Whereas the tests conducted on six of the brands indicate the products meet the specifications stated on the labels, others did not. In addition, there are a number of labeling issues to consider when purchasing some of these products. Click here for details.
|Everclear 5W-30 Motor Oil, API SC/CC||Liberty Gold Plus SMO 5W-30 Motor Oil||Bullseye Automotive Products High Mileage 10W-30 Motor Oil (SC/CC)|
Now for the good news... TEST RESULTS FOR THE SAMPLES BELOW LOOK GOOD...
Two West Coast Sample Results are in, both look good.
The good news... other than one off-spec NOACK Volitility result, all other test results for all of the samples look good...
PQIA issues advisories on engine oil samples tested in June, 2010.
ALERT:Test results find three of the six samples of engine oils PQIA purchased in the Mid-Atlantic States fail to meet their labeled API/ILSAC specifications. In addition, one of the brands labeled SA "5-30" is not an API SA, SAE 5W-30. Instead, it more closely resembles a heavy duty engine oil and is clearly not an SAE 5W-30.
Click bottles for test data on the 5W-30s that passed and those that didn't. And click link below for the one 10W-30 tested.
Test Results for Private Label Look Good - but, alarms are tripped for one
Ten brands of Private Label-a PCEO in quart bottles were purchased by PQIA at retail outlets. Blind samples were prepared by PQIA and sent to Intertek Automotive Research in San Antonio, Texas for chemical and physical analysis.
The samples include both 5W-30 and 10W-30 viscosity grades. The variations in grades is a function of the random sampling process and the fact that some locations sampled did not have 5W-30 engine oil available.
ALERT: All but one of the private label samples tested show data indicative of what one would expect to see for an API SM GF-4 engine oil. One brand (PittPenn), however, gives serious cause for concern. Click here for alert.
The Data are in: The Majors Look Good
In an effort to assess where the bar is set for passenger car engine oil (PCEO), the Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) made the decision to test 10 brands of PCEO produced by major oil companies. The results are in and the major brands tested look good.
Ten brands of PCEO in quart bottles were purchased by PQIA at retail outlets in New Jersey. Blind samples were prepared by PQIA and sent to Intertek Automotive Research in San Antonio, Texas for chemical and physical analysis.
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