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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

PQIA Issues Consumer Alert on Cruz-In Motor Oil

      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 API SC/CC Service Category claimed on the label. The Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C is 63% lower than the minimum viscosity specification for… Read More ›


PQIA recently visited a number of convenience stores in Chicago to take a look at the motor oils on the shelves.  Whereas we have many to report on, the quality of three are of such high concern that PQIA felt it was important to immediately advise consumers to not buy these products. They will cause… Read More ›

PQIA issues a DON’T BUY on 3X Super Premium Motor Oil on Shelves in Florida!

November 18, 2015  A Dark Day in The Sunshine State The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA), issues a DON’T BUY on two “3X Super Premium Motor Oil” viscosity grades on the shelves in Florida! The results of the tests conducted on the 3X Super Premium  10W-40 and 20W-50 samples DO NOT meet the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)… Read More ›