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A Thorn Might Be Small, But Not When It’s in Your Side

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December 20, 2018

From time-to-time PQIA hears from folks that say they never see some of the “bad” oil we find on the shelves. To this, some add that if they did, you can be sure they would be smart enough not to buy them. While PQIA takes heart knowing that inferior motor oils and transmission fluids are… Read More ›

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… Read More ›

PQIA Issues Two More Consumer Alerts on Motor Oil and Transmission Fluid on Retail Shelves in Ohio

The PQIA finds more motor oil and transmission fluid on retail store shelves in the state of Ohio that can cause harm to nearly all cars currently on the road, and catastrophic destruction of some turbo charged and/or gasoline direct-injection (T/GDI) engines. The products, Q Motor Oil and ATF, do not meet any known specifications,… Read More ›

Class Action Suit filed Against Amalie AOC, LTD. For Its Marketing and Sale of Obsolete Motor Oil in Florida

Class Action Suit filed Against Amalie AOC, LTD. For Its Marketing and Sale of Obsolete Motor Oil in Florida Kanner & Whiteley, along with its co-counsel, have filed a class action lawsuit against Amalie AOC, LTD. At issue is Amalie’s XCEL Premium Motor Oil. The product is rated API SA, a motor oil service category… Read More ›

Five ATFs Examined – PQIA Issues an Advisory one, and Shines a Light on Exemplary Labeling for Another

Five ATFs Examined – PQIA Issues one Advisory The PQIA recently examined four automatic transmission fluids (ATF) labeled to meet the requirements for DEXRON®-III/MERCON® specifications and one ATF labeled to meet the DEXRON®-III specification. Although the results of the tests conducted on samples of four brands are consistent with their labeled claims, PQIA issues an… Read More ›

PQIA Issues Consumer Alerts on Two ATFs

PQIA Issues Consumer Alerts on Two ATFs The Petroleum Quality Institute of America recently issued Consumer Alerts for Mileage 365 and Q Motor Oil brands (see list below). In addition to finding serious deficiencies and contamination in the samples tested that could result in harm to an engine, the labels on the products do not… Read More ›

Motor Oil Specifications – The Process of Change

by Thomas F. Glenn The PQIA has recently fielded many questions about the new API SN Plus Service Category and although some are technical, many others we received are more general and look to understand why specifications change and how the new specifications come about. The short answer why they change can be summed up by… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

“303” GONE, BUT, NOT FORGOTTEN

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) received a number of phone calls over the past month about some of the new labels seen on pails of Tractor Hydraulic Fluid (THF) in the two states (Georgia and Missouri) that issued stop sale orders on “303” tractor hydraulic fluid. Of concern is that although stop sale… Read More ›