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PQIA Examines Four More Motor Oil Samples, All Check Out Fine

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March 17, 2017

The results of the tests conducted on the samples below meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on their product label, and are consistent with their listed API Service Categories. CLICK BOTTLES FOR DETAILS CarQuest   Navi Guard Ultra Navi Guard Elite  CITGO Supergard   Enhanced Sample Reports PQIA is pleased to… Read More ›

The PQIA Examines Five Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Brands and Issues an Advisory on One

Advisory: The MORGAS ATF D/M label states that the product is suitable for use in transmissions where DEXRON® III or MERCON® is specified.  PQIA’s test results for this sample do not meet the DEXRON III and MERCON specification for Flash Point and Kinematic Viscosity at 100ºC. CLICK FOR DETAILS  Note: This is not the first time PQIA has found issues… Read More ›

PQIA Examines Five Samples of 5W-20; Issues One Consumer Alert, One Advisory

MORGAS SAE 5W-20 The results of the tests conducted on this sample do NOT meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are NOT consistent with the listed API Service Category. The Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C is 14% lower than the minimum viscosity specification for this SAE… Read More ›

Five More Samples From the Midwest-Consumer Alert Issued on One

PQIA examines five more motor oil samples purchased in the midwest and issues a Consumer Alert on one and an Advisory on another. Cautions consumer not to Buy SUPER XXX Platinum 10W30.  Consumer Alert: A Consumer Alert is issued on SUPER XXX Platinum “10W30 API SM/GF-3” manufactured by Chi-Town Lubricants located in Dolton, IL. The results… Read More ›

PQIA Issues Consumer Alerts on Two AntiFreeze/Coolant Samples

Two of the five coolant/antifreeze samples recently examined by PQIA fail to meet their label claims for freeze point protection. Polar Zone: Test results on the sample of Polar Zone examined has a freeze point of -2.2°F. This freeze point is above the labeled claim stating “Protects to -20°F,” and well above the industry standard… Read More ›

Smitty’s Supply to Pay $755,155 in Consumer Protection Settlement

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has obtained a consumer protection settlement against a Louisiana Company, Smitty’s Supply, Inc.  Based on random product testing conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) that began in 2012, it was determined that samples of Smitty’s Custom Plus™ Motor Oil products… Read More ›

PQIA Issues Two Consumer Alerts on ATF

PQIA examines five samples of automatic transmission fluid purchased in the Midwest market. While the results of the tests conducted on three of the samples meet the requirements for their labeled claims, PQIA issues Consumer Alerts/Don’t Buys on two. The two samples are branded under names all too familiar to PQIA. One is the Everclear… Read More ›

An Epicenter of Bad Motor Oils

The two most recent rounds of samples PQIA reported on provided a revealing insight that may help address the issue of potentially engine damaging motor oils in the Midwest market.  A particularly telling observation is seen when one maps the locations of the companies producing the motor oils that PQIA recently issued Consumer Alerts on. When… Read More ›

Concerns Continue – PQIA Issues Four More Consumer Alerts on Motor Oils on Store Shelves in the Midwest Market

Last week the Petroleum Quality Institute of America issued four Consumer Alerts on motor oils purchased in the Midwest market, including AP Supertech 5W20, REV360 5W-30 and 10W-30, and Super XX 10W30. The PQIA now adds four more Consumer Alerts to the list of motor oils recently purchased in the Midwest that can cause harm… Read More ›

PQIA Examines Four Motor Oils from Midwest

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America issues four Consumer Alerts on motor oils purchased in the Midwest. The four motor oils shown below will likely cause harm to your engine. Consumers are cautioned to not use these products and contact PQIA if you see them on the shelves. PQIA can be contacted at 732-201-4033, or… Read More ›