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CONSUMER ALERT – Mileage 365 Motor Oil

The PQIA recently stopped at a convenience store in Warren, Ohio, and to our disappointment we once again found Mileage 365 on the shelves. Mileage 365 is a product that PQIA has seen on store shelves in Ohio in the past and found it to have deficiencies serious enough that the oil will likely cause harm to an engine. And the samples we obtained during our most recent visit to Warren, OH are likewise deficient.

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About The Petroleum Quality Institute of America

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) conducts independent testing of consumer, commercial, and industrial lubricants. PQIA’s mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by testing and reporting on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace. It is expected that this improved visibility of quality will lead to wider conformance by lubricant manufacturers to specification and performance claims.

About The Petroleum Quality Institute of America

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) conducts independent testing of consumer, commercial, and industrial lubricants. PQIA’s mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by testing and reporting on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace. It is expected that this improved visibility of quality will lead to wider conformance by lubricant manufacturers to specification and performance claims. 

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PQIA Supporters

The Following Companies Support the Petroleum Quality Institute of America’s Efforts to Help Assure the Quality and Integrity of Lubricants in the Marketplace. 

Additive Manufacturers

Afton Chemical

Infineum

Lubrizol

Oronite

PQIA Advisory Board

PQIA Advisory Board
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America’s Advisory Board comprises a distinguished group of professionals with prominence in a broad range of fields in the lubricants business. The role of the Advisory Board is to provide PQIA’s management with guidance, advice, recommendations and counsel in how to best pursue PQIA’s purpose and mission. MORE>>

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CITGO Supergard, Pilot Flying J, and FVP full synthetic motor oils

The results of the tests conducted on samples of CITGO Supergard, Pilot Flying J, and FVP full synthetic motor oils shown 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.

CONSUMER ALERT – Mileage 365 Motor Oil

The PQIA recently stopped at a convenience store in Warren, Ohio, and to our disappointment we once again found Mileage 365 on the shelves. Mileage 365 is a product that PQIA has seen on store shelves in Ohio in the past and found it to have deficiencies serious enough that the oil will likely cause harm to an engine. And the samples we obtained during our most recent visit to Warren, OH are likewise deficient.

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CONSUMER ALERT – Mileage 365 Motor Oil

The PQIA recently stopped at a convenience store in Warren, Ohio, and to our disappointment we once again found Mileage 365 on the shelves. Mileage 365 is a product that PQIA has seen on store shelves in Ohio in the past and found it to have deficiencies serious enough that the oil will likely cause harm to an engine. And the samples we obtained during our most recent visit to Warren, OH are likewise deficient.

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Now Live ILSAC GF-6/API SP/Resource Conserving

Summary of the new API SP and ILSAC GF-6 designations. Consumers are encouraged to be aware of and familiar with these new designations and Certification Marks since, starting today, they will begin to appear on the labels of motor oil bottles.

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CONSUMER ALERT – Mileage 365 Motor Oil

The PQIA recently stopped at a convenience store in Warren, Ohio, and to our disappointment we once again found Mileage 365 on the shelves. Mileage 365 is a product that PQIA has seen on store shelves in Ohio in the past and found it to have deficiencies serious enough that the oil will likely cause harm to an engine. And the samples we obtained during our most recent visit to Warren, OH are likewise deficient.

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Recent Samples Tested

DuraMAX, Lubir Edge, Super S SuperSyn

Samples of the following two brands of motor oils were recently examined by PQIA. The results of the tests conducted on the samples show the products meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. Click bottles for full report

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Havoline, Spectrol, and Mobil Super Motor Oils

The results of the tests conducted on the samples of Havoline, Mobil Super, and Spectrol show the products meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories.

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Licensed GM dexos®1 Gen 2 brands

General Motors recommends the use of dexos™ approved engine oils for global factory and service fill in spark ignited and diesel engines. Importantly, the brands with dexos approved licenses varies over time. GM’s list of Licensed dexos® brands is available online and updated quarterly, with the most recent update on December 16, 2020.

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Test Results – O’Reilly, UltraLub, and Unival

The results of the tests conducted on the samples of O’Reilly, UltraLub, and Unival show the products meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories.

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Above and Below Average

As seen by the differences in the API SN and SN PLUS samples examined by PQIA, the average of the SN PLUS formulations shows lower calcium and higher magnesium levels than API SN. The same can be seen with the new API SP Service Category, and for the same reason; to protect engines from potentially severe damage due to LSPI.

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Test Results – Chevron Supreme and ACE

Samples of Chevron Supreme SAE 10W-40 and ACE SAE 5W-20 were recently examined by PQIA. The results of the tests conducted on the samples show the products meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories.

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Getting Up to Speed on the New Passenger Car Motor Oil Specifications

Beginning on May 1, 2020, new performance specifications will start to appear on the labels of passenger car motor oil. The new specifications include International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee (ILSAC) GF-6A, GF-6B, and the API SP. Motor oils meeting these specifications provide improvements over the previous in the areas of fuel economy and fuel economy retention, emission system compatibility, and wear protection.

Understanding PQIA’s reach in getting the word out about motor oil related issues, Phillips 66, a long-time supporter of PQIA, reached out to us suggesting we include its series of educational videos about GF-6 on the PQIA website.

Dr. Scott McQueen, Manager, Lubricants Research and Product Management for Phillips 66, says the videos were produced by Phillips 66 for installers and others in the field needing a quick way to get their team up to speed on GF-6. To this, Dr. McQueen added, “We feel education is critical as it pertains to the oil standards and what they mean for our customers and end consumers. Significant technology goes into formulating engine oils that protect and maximize the performance of the engines OEMs are manufacturing today. As a supporter of PQIA, oil quality and correct licensing are important to Phillips 66 and our industry.”

PQIA encourages consumers to view the videos to learn more about the new passenger car motor oil specifications and what they mean. Because motor oils are not all the same, and using the wrong motor oil in a vehicle can void its warranty and potentially cause harm, it’s crucial to be up to speed on API specifications.

Featured Articles

Buying Motor Oil Online

While this is a very efficient and easy way to shop, the Petroleum Quality Institute of America advises consumers to take the time to look for the specifications the product meets when buying motor oil online. If not shown on the first screen, click or scroll for more details before adding motor oil to your cart.

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Read the Labels on Motor Oil Before You Buy

Know how to read the labels and what to look for on both the front and back labels of the motor oil you buy, or you may be using product that can cause unsatisfactory performance or damage to your engine. The following are some key items to look for on motor oil labels and to consider before buying.

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Now Live ILSAC GF-6/API SP/Resource Conserving

Summary of the new API SP and ILSAC GF-6 designations. Consumers are encouraged to be aware of and familiar with these new designations and Certification Marks since, starting today, they will begin to appear on the labels of motor oil bottles.

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Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Labeling

In July of last year, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) voted on, and passed amendments to NIST Handbook 130 (HB-130). Among the approved changes, was amended language to both the Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale of Commodities and the Uniform Fuels and Automotive Lubricants Regulation sections on Tractor Hydraulic Fluid (THF).

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SN PLUS Motor Oils – Calcium Down, Magnesium Up

The SN PLUS Service Category was introduced as a supplement to API SN specification in 2018 to mitigate low speed pre-ignition (LSPI) events in Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) engines. Such LSPI events can cause engine knocking, decreased efficiency, and in the worst case, catastrophic failure due to cracked pistons.

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Playing Roulette with 303 Yellow Buckets

There has been a significant amount of talk about “303” tractor hydraulic fluid (THF) over the past year, and for good reason. This is because although THFs labeled as 303 have commonly been seen in the market for decades, and for some considered the product of choice due to price, three states (including Missouri, Georgia, and most recently North Carolina), have issued stop-sale orders for tractor hydraulic fluid labeled, claimed or implied as meeting THF 303.

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CONSUMER ALERT – Mileage 365 Motor Oil

The PQIA recently stopped at a convenience store in Warren, Ohio, and to our disappointment we once again found Mileage 365 on the shelves. Mileage 365 is a product that PQIA has seen on store shelves in Ohio in the past and found it to have deficiencies serious enough that the oil will likely cause harm to an engine. And the samples we obtained during our most recent visit to Warren, OH are likewise deficient.

Read More »

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Resources

AAA  –   American Automobile Association 

ACC –  American Chemistry Council

ACEA  –  European Automobile Manufacturers Association

AFPM  –  American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

American Trucking Association

AOCA  –  Automotive Oil Change Association 

API – American Petroleum Institute

ASA – The Automotive Service Association

ASTM International

ATIEL – Association Technique de l’Industrie Européenne des Lubrifiants (ATIEL)

Auto Alliance

Auto Care Association 

Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association

CAAM – China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) 

CEC  –  Coordinating European Council (CEC)

CRC – Coordinating Research Council

EMA  –  Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association

ILMA  –  Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association

International Council of Machinery Lubrication

JAMA  –  Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.

KAMA – Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA)

Municipal Fleet Managers Association

NAFA Fleet Management Association

NLGI  –  National Lubricating Grease Institute

NORA  –  An Association of Responsible Recyclers

OICA – The International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers 

PMAA  –  Petroleum Marketers Association of America

PQIA – Petroleum Quality Institute of America

SAE  –  Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

SIGMA  –  Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America

STLE  –  Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

The Institute of Materials

The World Refining Association

UEIL  –  Union Indépendante de l’Industrie Européenne des Lubrifiants

Consumer Alert

Due to the high viscosity, absence of additives vital to protecting an engine from deposits and wear, high phosphorus content, and labeling violations, PQIA has issued a Consumer Alert on Super Green Smokeless Motor Oil.  Use of this product in virtually all automobile engines will likely cause harm to the engine. Read More>>

PQIA Supporters

The Following Companies Support the Petroleum Quality Institute of America’s Efforts to Help Assure the Quality and Integrity of Lubricants in the Marketplace. 

Additive Manufacturers

Afton Chemical

Infineum

Lubrizol

Oronite

PQIA Advisory Board

PQIA Advisory Board
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America’s Advisory Board comprises a distinguished group of professionals with prominence in a broad range of fields in the lubricants business. The role of the Advisory Board is to provide PQIA’s management with guidance, advice, recommendations and counsel in how to best pursue PQIA’s purpose and mission. MORE>>

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