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On Guard, Pure Guard, SASH, and S-OIL

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February 6, 2019

Samples of the following four brands are the most recent examined by PQIA and the tests conducted on the samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. CLICK BOTTLES BELOW FOR ASSESSMENT DETAILS On Guard Pure Guard SASH… Read More ›

Wolf’s Head, SMB, Kendall, and XADO

Samples of the following four brands are the most recent examined by PQIA and the tests conducted on the samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. The test results for one sample (SMB), however, show a product… Read More ›

DOWNSIZING

DOWNSIZING It should be noted that the sample of SMB 10W-30 PQIA examined is sold in 16-ounce bottles, and labeled as such. This is the first instance in the US where PQIA has observed passenger car motor oil bottles on store shelves with a content other than the traditional 32-ounce (1 quart) bottles. This points… Read More ›

Five SAE 5W-20s Tested: No Issues

The following five brands of SAE 5W-20 motor oils were recently examined by PQIA and the tests conducted on the products meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. As the Petroleum Quality Institute of America observes a growing… Read More ›

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

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 ›

PQIA takes a look at AmazonBasics motor oil and three more brands

A look at AmazonBasics Motor Oil Amazon added its own line of private label passenger car motor oil to the Amazon marketplace on July 23, 2018. The products are sold under the Amazon trademark, “AmazonBasics,” and although it initially entered the market with little fanfare, the brand recently received a good deal of ink in… 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 ›

Three SAE 10W-30s tested – No issues

The PQIA recently purchased three brands of SAE 10W-30 motor oils in the south, and the results of the tests conducted on the products meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. Although SAE 10W-30 accounts for only about… Read More ›