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RaceTeam Platinum Synthetic Blend 5W-30, API SM ILSAC GF-4

Distributed by JM Oil Company, Santa Fe Springs, CA






Purchased in: Oak Hills Market, Oak Hills, CA

Date of purchase: April 29, 2011 





All tests conducted on this sample meet the specifications for API SM and ILSAC GF-4 5W-30 Engine oil.







PHYSICAL TESTS Standard/ranges-b Average-e

RaceTeam Platinum Synthetic Blend

 TBN, mg KOH/g, (ASTM D2896) 7.4 to 9.0 8.0 7.7
 Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt, (ASTM D445) 9.3 to 12.5 10.39 10.48
 Viscosity @ 40ºC, cSt, ASTM D445 55.0 to 82.0 60.48 62.97
 Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 156 to 167 163 156
 Viscosity @ -30ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 6,600 Max 5,793 6,380
 Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ºC (ASTM D5800) 15 Max 13.5 15.5-f
    Nitrogen μg/g (ASTM D-5762) 720 to 1,000 860 1,000
    Calcium  1,648 to 2,301 2,043 2,161
    Magnesium, ppm  6 to 43 11 7
    Phosphorus,  ppm 600 to 800 772 761
    Zinc, ppm  789 to 887 851 837
    Molybdenum,  ppm  <1 to 226 93 44
    Barium, ppm  <1 <1 0
    Boron,  ppm  <1 to 246 84 267
    Silicon,  ppm-d  4 to 8 5 32
    Potassium, ppm  <1  <1 0
    Manganese, ppm  <1 to 8 1 0
    Titanium, ppm  <1 <1 0
    Sulfur, ppm  5,000 max 3,021 3,904
    Copper, ppm  <1  <1 1
    Sodium, ppm  <1 to 467 82 0
    Vanadium, ppm  <1 <1 0
    Silver, ppm  <1 <1 0
    Aluminum, ppm  <1 to 2 <1 2
    Chromium, ppm  <1 <1 0
    Iron, ppm  <1 to 1 1 0
    Nickel, ppm  <1 <1 0
    Lead, ppm  <1 to 1 <1 0
    Antimony, ppm  <1 <1 0
    Tin, ppm  4 to 5 5 2

a- Click here for product label.

b- Standards, shown in orange, are established by API, SAE and others. Ranges, shown in teal, represent the high and low data for the major brands tested.

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 10 major brands tested. Click here for brands tested.

f- The specification of 15 max is expressed in two significant figures and therefore this result meets specification.



RaceTeam Platinum Synthetic Blend 5W-30
The American Petroleum Institute sets forth a number of laboratory and engine tests required to meet an API SM performance specification. Although laboratory tests alone cannot be used to establish if an engine oil meets API SM, they can be used to determine if it doesn't.

What follows is a comparison of the test results for RaceTeam Platinum Synthetic Blend 5W-30 as compared to the API SM ILSAC GF-4 requirements.

The API limits for each test are shown by the yellow bars. The test result for RaceTeam Platinum Synthetic Blend 5W-30 are illustrated by the horizontal line.


The viscometrics of RaceTeam Platinum Synthetic Blend 5W-30 meets the required targets for a 5W-30 API SM (SAE J300 specification).


Volatility Phosphorus
The volatility of RaceTeam Platinum Synthetic Blend 5W-30 meets the parameters required for an API SM ILSAC GF-4 designation.

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The phosphorus content in RaceTeam Platinum Synthetic Blend 5W-30 meets the requirements for an API SM ILSAC GF-4 designation.