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Motor Oil Specifications – The Process of Change

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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 ›

Results in on Three 5W-20s and Three 5W-30s

  The Petroleum Quality Institute of America tested three brands of SAE 5W-20 and three brands of SAE 5W-30 motor oil. The results of the tests conducted on samples of the brands meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories…. Read More ›

Antifreeze: What’s the Difference?

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) fielded a number of calls and emails following publication of test results for three brands of antifreeze (also known as coolants) last week. In addition to expressing dismay about the product (click for details) on the retail shelf with only 8% ethylene glycol and a freeze point of… Read More ›

PQIA issues a Consumer Alert on HeatWave Universal Summer Coolant

Results in on Three Coolant Samples; One Raises Eyebrows While the PQIA examined two brands of coolant and found no issues, one product on the store shelves set off alarms. The product is labeled as “HeatWave Universal Summer Coolant.”       HeatWave Universal Summer Coolant Test results show that HeatWave Universal Summer Coolant will… Read More ›

Results in on Three 5W-20s

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America tested three brands of SAE 5W-20 motor oil. The results of the tests conducted on samples of the brands meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. CLICK BOTTLES BELOW FOR DETAILS  … Read More ›

Results in on Three 0W-20s and One 10W-30 Motor Oils

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America tested three brands of SAE 0W-20 and one brand of SAE 10W-30 motor oil. The results of the tests conducted on samples of the brands meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories…. Read More ›

Times are Changing!

GET READY FOR SN PLUS  The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) has been analyzing engine oil samples since 2009. Over that time, we have tested many brands, the majority of which have no issues; they meet their viscosity claims and are consistent with the API Service Categories on the labels. Unfortunately, however, we have… Read More ›

Results in on Four 5W-30 Motor Oils

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America tested four brands of 5W-30 motor oil (three synthetics and one conventional). The results of the tests conducted on samples of the brands meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. CLICK BOTTLES… 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 ›