THE PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA​

The independent resource for information and insights on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace

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.

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.

Latest From the Lab

January 21, 2020

The following assessments include two SAE 0W-20, one SAE 5W-20, and one SAE 5W-30 motor oils examined by PQIA. Results indicate no issues with the products tested. 

Click bottles below for sample details and assessments.

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).

Marketers of tractor hydraulic fluid and buyers should be aware of the changes in that the new regulations took effect January 1, 2020.

Click on the PQIA Quick Reference Guide on the right for an overview of some of the regulations pertaining to THF. This guide provides excerpts from HB-130 relating to THF.  Users of the guide are advised to refer to NIST Handbook 130 for the official and complete text of the regulations. A link to a full copy of HB-130, and sections that speak to Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Labeling and Motor Oils follows:

Recent 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>>

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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

Petroleum Quality Institute of America
406 Main Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840

Phone: 732-201-4033
Email: info@pqia.org

PASSENGER CAR MOTOR OIL

PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY/PASSENGER CAR MOTOR OIL Passenger car motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. In addition to lubricating moving

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