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“Lawsuit: Dollar General motor oil not safe for cars newer than 1980s”

“A Houston man has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against Dollar General, claiming that the company sells a line of motor oils that are unsuitable for today’s cars.”  CLICK for More

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October 2, 2015

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) recently visited a Dollar General not far from our office in central New Jersey. Understanding Dollar General operates 12,198 stores in 43 states as of July 31, 2015, it was interesting to see what motor oils they sell. CLICK FOR MORE 

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  1. This is fantastic news! There are hundreds of stores all over the country selling these deceptive obsolete motor oils alongside quality products, even though they can damage modern car engines. This lawsuit appears modeled after the October PQIA article on DG obsolete oils. I hope this catches on like wild fire. There are lots of aggressive lawyers out there who will read about this and hopefully follow suit (pun intended). Keep up the great work PQIA!

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  2. I think these products do have a place. I just think the label should be more forthcoming about their purpose. I used to buy “Accel” oil at Wal-Mart for my 1984 Crown Vic and it stated fairly largely on the label that it wasn’t for cars made after 1988. In my case I was more interested in the cost savings than anything. I like to use the Dollar General oils in older small engines where most of the time they far exceed what is required, especially if like here switching to a multi grade oil is needed for the winter and switching back to a heavier oil is recommended in summer, so saving a couple of bucks on an oil for equipment that might get used a handful of times is preferential. Additionally I still have two summer only vehicles old enough that these products meet the requirements, while I don’t use them in those vehicles but I still appreciate the option of older spec oils being available, particularly because they sometimes contain higher levels of ZDDP than modern oil.

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  3. I used there SAE 30 weight oil in my lawn mower and after 1 season the rod in the engine started to knock.I guess you get what you pay for.

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