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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 ›

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 ›

Four More ATFs Tested: Always Read the Labels

The results of the tests conducted on samples of the brands shown below are consistent with their labeled claims. CLICK BOTTLES FOR DETAILS     It should be noted that whereas each of the products examined include language referencing use in applications where DEXRON®-III/MERCON® fluids are recommended, with the exception of the label on one… Read More ›

Four More 10W-30s

The results of the tests conducted on samples of the brands below meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. It should be noted, however, that the Par Mar API SN product does not display the API certification mark… 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 ›

PQIA Issues Consumer Alerts/Don’t Buys on two of six samples of Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATF)

PQIA recently examined six ATFs and found two that have significant issues that can result in damage to most transmissions currently on the road. These brands are not new to the products PQIA has issued Consumer Alerts on, they include Everclear and MaxiGuard. In fact, this is the eleventh time PQIA has issued Consumer Alerts… Read More ›

Test Results in on Three More Motor Oils in the Chicago Market – Consumers Take Note

Below are three more brands of motor oils PQIA found on the shelves in the Chicago market. PQIA issues Consumer Alerts on two, and an Advisory on another. See below for details:   CONSUMER ALERT  XPRESS LUBE PRO 10W-30 The results of the tests conducted on this sample do NOT meet the SAE J300 specifications for the… Read More ›

Four More From Chicago – Three Good, One Bad

Whereas PQIA’s recent round of sampling in the Chicago market found a number of motor oils that looked good (and there are more to report on), we also found another bad apple on the shelves. And that bad apple is Everclear.          DON’T BUY The Everclear motor oil brand is not new… 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 on GMA – Good Morning America – Read the Labels!

Good Morning America “GMA” ran a story today about Dollar General (DG) Stores Facing Multiple Lawsuits Over Allegedly “Obsolete” Motor Oils.  GMA went undercover to four of DG’s New Jersey outlets to take a look at the motor oils on the shelves. They were accompanied by Tom Glenn, president of the Petroleum Quality Institute of… Read More ›