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Motor Oil Specifications – The Process of Change

June 14, 2018

June 13, 2018 Motor Oil Specifications – The Process of Change by Thomas F. Glenn The PQIA has recently fielded many questions about the new API SN Plus Service Category and although some are technical, many others we received are more general and look to understand why specifications change and how the new specifications come… Read More ›

Consumer Alerts Issued on Five Motor Oils

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) continues to observe two brands of motor oils in the market that consumers should¬†watch out for and steer clear of. The brands are: Mileage 365 Q Motor Oil The result of the tests conducted on samples of these brands show products that can cause harm to virtually any… Read More ›

PQIA Issues a DON’T BUY on Spirit Oil MD-III

Buyer Beware! SPIRIT OIL MD-III Are you putting motor oil in your transmission or transmission fluid in your engine? There is a lubricant currently on the shelves in the Midwest that has caught the attention of the Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA), and for good reason. The product is Spirit Oil MD-III from Spirit… Read More ›


The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) received a number of phone calls over the past month about some of the new labels seen on pails of Tractor Hydraulic Fluid (THF) in the two states (Georgia and Missouri) that issued stop sale orders on “303” tractor hydraulic fluid. Of concern is that although stop sale… Read More ›

Two ATFs Tested: One with Labeling Issues

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America tested two sample of Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) and whereas the results of the tests conducted on these sample are consistent with their labeled claims, PQIA has concerns that the language on the back label of the Wolf’s Head DX III-H/M ATF does not advise consumers of its limited… Read More ›

The FTC Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Request for Public Comment on Recycled Oil Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requests public comment on the overall costs, benefits, and regulatory and economic impact of its rule specifying Test Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled Oil. The Recycled Oil Rule contains testing and labeling requirements for recycled engine oil. The of the rule is to encourage used oil recycling, promote recycled… Read More ›

Consumer Alert: Petrola Motor Oil and ATF

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America recently shopped a convenience store in Ohio and found a brand on the shelves that consumers are advised not to buy. The product is labeled as “Petrola” and the samples tested include: Petrola “Premium 5-30 Motor Oil” Petrola “Premium ATF” Use of these products in virtually any automobile currently… Read More ›

Hot off the Press – HDEO Timeline

In addition to the “Caring for Your Car – Engine Oil Timeline,” PQIA developed to help educate consumers about the American Petroleum Institute (API) Service Categories for passenger car motor oils, we now have a similar, and simple timeline designed to help educate consumers about the Service Categories for diesel engine oils. CLICK TO ENLARGE… Read More ›

PQIA is “Taking it to the Streets”

PQIA IS “TAKING IT TO THE STREETS” WITH THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF REGIONAL LUBRICANT QUALITY SUMMITS METUCHEN, NJ, August 1, 2017 — The Petroleum Quality Institute of America is pleased to announce that the first in its series of regional lubricant quality summits will take place September 14, 2017. This summit will be… Read More ›

PQIA Releases National Survey Findings on ATF

METUCHEN, NJ – June 21, 2017 –¬†The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) today announced the findings of a national survey (Automatic Transmission Fluid – Survey 2017) focused on the quality and integrity of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) in the US market. According to Thomas F. Glenn, President of PQIA, “The findings of the survey… Read More ›