Q Motor Oil 10•30

Test Results and PQIA Assessment

Product: Q Motor Oil
Viscosity Grade: 10•30
Labeled: No API Listed
Marketed By: N/A 

Purchased at: Florence, KY
Date of purchase: 1/3/2021 

Company Information:
N/A 

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Back Label

Test Results and PQIA Assessment

Assessment Summary

Physical Properties

Elemental Analysis

Labeling

The front label on this product states “10•30” in large print, which could be interpreted by a consumer as meaning the oil is an SAE 10W-30 viscosity grade. The back label, however,  states “Viscosity Range 10 To 30.” This terminology is not consistent with any industry definitions for SAE viscosity grades.

In addition, although the labels on this product do not claim it meets any API Service Category (or any other specification for that matter), the test results on this sample indicates the product lacks an effective level of additives to protect the engine in most cars currently on the road from wear, sludge, and deposits. Further, the elemental analysis results for this sample indicate the product may be contaminated with used oil and abrasive material.  

The labels on the product do not comply with the Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, and the Regulation for the Method of Sale of Commodities specified in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 130

Use of this product in virtually all automobiles currently on the road will likely cause harm to the engine. Similarly, although the back label on the product states “Suitable for Moderate Diesel Engines,” use of this product in virtually all diesel engines currently on the road will likely cause harm to the engine.

Although laboratory tests alone cannot be used to establish if engine oil meets an API Service Category, they can be used to determine if it doesn’t. The test results and PQIA assessment relates ONLY to the sample tested and the tests conducted.
Viscosity
Standard
Q Motor Oil
Status
Viscosity 100°C cSt
9.3 to <12.5
12.2
Viscosity 40°C cSt
78.7
Viscosity Index
151
Cold Crank Viscosity at -25°C
7,000 Max
4,973

Viscosity is a critical measure that determines how thick or thin a lubricant is. Viscosity is measured by several methods to determine the behavior of motor oil during cold startups and while hot at operating temperatures. Motor oils must meet Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J-300 standards to conform to a specific viscosity grade. >>More

Viscosity Index measures the change in viscosity with temperature. Viscosity Index improver additives are used to optimize viscosity at different temperatures. >>More

Detergent Additives and Total Base Number (TBN)
Standard
Q Motor Oil
Status
Calcium (ppm)
271
Magnesium (ppm)
163
Sodium (ppm)
<1
Barium (ppm)
1
TBN, mg KOH/g (ASTM D2896)
0.9

Detergent additives help to keep metal surfaces in an engine clean by controlling formation of deposits (i.e. sludge, varnishes). Such deposits can harm an engine by clogging oil passages that lubricate an engine, increase wear and reduce engine performance. A blend of calcium and magnesium-based detergents are most commonly used. A shift towards increased use of magnesium was required to address the needs of new gasoline direct injected (GDI) engines. >>More 

Detergent additives also help prevent corrosive wear by neutralizing acids formed as a by-product of combustion and other processes in an engine. Total Base Number (TBN) is a laboratory test that measures an oil’s ability to neutralize such acids. >>More

Antiwear Additives (parts per million)
Standard
Q Motor Oil
Status
Phosphorus
412
Zinc
217
Molybdenum
18
Titanium
2
Boron
33

Antiwear (AW) additives help protect metal surfaces against impact friction and wear between moving parts in an engine. Such additives work by adhering to metal surfaces and forming a protective film between moving surfaces. The most widely used AW additive are chemistries containing phosphorus and zinc. Some lubricant manufacturers also employ the use of antiwear additives containing boron, molybdenum and titanium among others.

Antiwear additives are multifunctional in that they also act as corrosion inhibitors and, more significantly, antioxidants.

For more on AW additives and other functional and performance additives used in motor oil… >>More

Contaminants (parts per million)
Standard
Q Motor Oil
Status
Silicon*
103
Silver
<1
Aluminum
4
Chromium
<1
Iron
20
Nickel
<1
Lead
1
Antimony
1
Tin
<1
Copper
52
Cadmium
<1
Vanadium
<1
Potassium
2
Manganese
<1
Lithium
<1

Although motor oil is subject to contamination from a number of metals related to wear, and abrasive material in the form of silicon when in use, new motor oil typically does not contain such metals at any appreciable levels. The presence of these metals (iron, aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, sodium, potassium, etc.) in a new motor oil can indicate contamination from used oil, rust, abrasives, and others introduced to the product during blending, packaging, and/or transportation. Such contaminants can be harmful to an engine. Some can also be part of an additive, such as copper or sodium, but these are not often seen.

*Whereas silicon in the form of polydimethylpolysiloxane is commonly used as an antifoamant in motor oil, such use typically does not exceed 10ppm in new motor oil. Levels much above indicate possible contamination with abrasive material, silicone-based sealers, and/or transformer and hydraulic oil.

Note1: Standards are established by API, SAE and others.
Note2: Test Method for metal analysis is ASTM D5185.

  1. This specification is expressed to one significant figure, therefore results between 550 and 849 are considered on specification.

Viscosity is a critical measure that determines how thick or thin a lubricant is. Viscosity is measured by several methods to determine the behavior of motor oil during cold startups and while hot at operating temperatures. Motor oils must meet Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J-300 standards to conform to a specific viscosity grade. >>More

Viscosity Index measures the change in viscosity with temperature. Viscosity Index improver additives are used to optimize viscosity at different temperatures. >>More

Detergent additives help to keep metal surfaces in an engine clean by controlling formation of deposits (i.e. sludge, varnishes). Such deposits can harm an engine by clogging oil passages that lubricate an engine, increase wear and reduce engine performance. A blend of calcium and magnesium-based detergents are most commonly used. A shift towards increased use of magnesium was required to address the needs of new gasoline direct injected (GDI) engines.

Detergent additives also help prevent corrosive wear by neutralizing acids formed as a by-product of combustion and other processes in an engine. Total Base Number (TBN) is a laboratory test that measures an oil’s ability to neutralize such acids. >>More

Antiwear (AW) additives help protect metal surfaces against impact friction and wear between moving parts in an engine. Such additives work by adhering to metal surfaces and forming a protective film between moving surfaces. The most widely used AW additive are chemistries containing phosphorus and zinc. Some lubricant manufacturers also employ the use of antiwear additives containing boron, molybdenum and titanium among others.

Antiwear additives are multifunctional in that they also act as corrosion inhibitors and, more significantly, antioxidants.

For more on AW additives and other functional and performance additives used in motor oil… >>More

Contaminants: Although motor oil is subject to contamination from a number of metals related to wear, and abrasive material in the form of silicon when in use, new motor oil typically does not contain such metals at any appreciable levels. The presence of these metals (iron, aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, sodium, potassium, etc.) in a new motor oil can indicate contamination from used oil, rust, abrasives, and others introduced to the product during blending, packaging, and/or transportation. Such contaminants can be harmful to an engine. Some can also be part of an additive, such as copper or sodium, but these are not often seen these days.

*Whereas silicon in the form of polydimethylpolysiloxane is commonly used as an antifoamant in motor oil, such use typically does not exceed 10ppm in new motor oil. Levels much above indicate possible contamination with abrasive material, silicone-based sealers, and/or transformer and hydraulic oil.

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