Mission Statement

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.
 
 
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America
serves buyers and consumers of lubricants through
the support of:

Afton Chemical


Chemlube International

Chevron

CHS Industries

CITGO

Eni USA R&M Co. Inc.


Gulf Lubricants

Infineum USA L.P.

Lubrication Engineers

Lubricating Specialties Co.


Lubrizol

Oronite

Petro-Canada

Phillips 66

Pinnacle Oil

Reliance Fluid Technologies

Royal Purple

Safety-Kleen

Universal Lubricants, LLC

Warren Distribution

Warren Oil


JAX

KOST USA


Lubricant Distributor Supporters

   

CODE OF ETHICAL BUSINESS CONDUCT

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) Code of Ethical Business Conduct (Code)
is the cornerstone of the PQIA initiative as it clearly and strictly defines the standards by which PQIA and its management, employees, and supporter (“Supporters”) will conduct business in the lubricants marketplace.
 

PQIA CODE

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.

 Advisory Board Members

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Conventional
Synthetics
Diesel Engine Oil
ATF



Results in on Six SAE 5W-20 Motor Oils
July 15, 2016

The results of the tests conducted on the samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for an SAE 5W-20 viscosity grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the API SN Service Category.

 

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Results in on Four Motor Oil Brands
June 30, 2016

 

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Four more samples of Antifreeze/Coolant tested, one has issues, another underscores the importance of reading the labels
June 27, 2016

 

Of the four antifreeze/coolants tested, one product (SuperS Antifreeze Summer Coolant 50/50 Prediluted) has an issue in that it does not meet its labeled claim. The freeze point of the product tested is -25°F. This is higher than the product’s labeled claim of -34°F and is higher than -33.5°F required by many states.


 

Read the labels and know the difference – Is it a concentrate or ready to use?

An important point to consider when looking at the above set of antifreeze/coolant brands tested is that one (PolyFreeze) is a concentrate. While concentrates, or as some say “full strength,” were the only type of antifreeze in the market for many decades, their presence on retail shelves is now shared with 50/50... Click for More

Fourth Set of Samples From The Mid-Continent and Surrounding States
June 21, 2016

 

The results of the tests conducted on the samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for an SAE 5W-20 viscosity grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the labeled API Service Category.

The Third Set of Samples From The Mid-Continent and Surrounding States 
June 9, 2016

The results of the tests conducted on the samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for an SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the API SN Service Category.
 
The Second Set of Samples From The Mid-Continent and Surrounding States 
May 24, 2016

The results of the tests conducted on the samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for an SAE 10W-30 viscosity grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the API SN Service Category.
 
The First in a Set of Samples From The Mid-Continent and Surrounding States
May 19, 2016

The results of the tests conducted on the samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for an SAE 10W-40 viscosity grade listed on the product labels, and are consistent with the API SN Service Category.
 
The Last of the Most Recent Group of Samples From the Illinois Market
March 21, 2016 

The last of the most recent group of samples purchased in the Illinois market. They include two full synthetics, one synthetic blend (each an API SN/ILSAC GF-5),  and a SAE 10W-30, API SL/CD. Each meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories.


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Test Results in on Three More Motor Oils in the Chicago Market - Consumers Take Note
March 11, 2016

Below are three more brands of motor oils PQIA found on the shelves in the Chicago market. PQIA issues Consumer Alerts on two, and an Advisory on another. 

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Four More From Chicago - Three Good, One Bad

March 8, 2016

Whereas PQIA's recent round of sampling in the Chicago market found a number of motor oils that looked good (and there are more to report on), we also found another bad apple on the shelves. And that bad apple is Everclear.  

     
DON'T BUY
     

The Everclear motor oil brand is not new to the PQIA list of products that consumers should steer clear of. In fact, PQIA has issued Consumer Alerts on Everclear lubricants on 10 different occasions, starting in 2011. In addition, the Department of Consumer Affairs in two states,Georgia and North Carolina, have ordered Everclear off the shelves.

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PQIA ISSUES A DON'T BUY ON THREE PRODUCTS PURCHASED IN CHICAGO
March 1, 2016

PQIA recently visited a number of convenience stores in Chicago to take a look at the motor oils on the shelves. Whereas we have many to report on, the quality of three are of such high concern that PQIA felt it was important to immediately advise consumers to not buy these products. They will cause harm to your engines.

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PQIA Takes a Look at 5 More Antifreeze/Coolant Brands. One Raises Eyebrows  
February 29, 2016

PQIA ran five more brands of antifreeze through the laboratory. Although four checked out fine, one has issues. Whereas the one with issues meets its freeze point protection claim, the test results on the sample are not consistent with a new coolant based on the standard specifications stated in ASTM D-3306 and ASTM D-4985. The level of degradation acids (glycolate and formate) in the sample tested are unusually high. And there is more. CLICK FOR MORE.




PQIA Takes a Look at 5 More Brands, Two Underscore the Importance of Reading the Labels  
February 23, 2016

PQIA recently purchased five brands of motor oil on the shelves at convenience stores in PA and NJ. The results of the tests conducted on these samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on their product labels and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. It should be noted, however, that two of the brands are labelled as an API SN/ISAC GF-5 but do not display any API certifications marks for these specifications.
 


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PQIA on GMA - Good Morning America - Read the Labels!

February 12, 2016

 

Good Morning America "GMA" ran a story today about Dollar General (DG) Stores Facing Multiple Lawsuits Over Allegedly "Obsolete" Motor Oils. 

 

GMA went undercover to four of DG's New Jersey outlets to take a look at the motor oils on the shelves. They were accompanied by Tom Glenn, president of the Petroleum Quality Institute of America, which tests motor oils for compliance with industry standards. In addition, GMA and PQIA visited other retail stores in the area to see what motor oils they had on the shelves. What we found was eye opening.

Click here for more on the story.

This is a must view news piece, especially considering that California, effective January 1, 2016, has banned obsolete motor oils for sale in the State. Considering the preponderance of obsolete motor oils PQIA observes on the shelves in other states across America, the GMA story shines a bright light an issue all consumers should be aware of.  

 

Related Stories:

 

December 22, 2015

 "Lawsuit: Dollar General motor oil not safe for cars newer than 1980s"

 November 18, 2015

A Dark Day in The Sunshine State

 November 9, 2015

Florida Deserves Better - Part II

 October 30, 2015

Florida Deserves Better

 October 2, 2015

 Why are Obsolete Motor Oils Still on the Shelves?

 August 24, 2015

Under the Nose of Our Law Makers - Part II

 August 12, 2015

Under the Nose of Our Lawmakers

 


Georgia is Working Hard to Protect Consumers from Motor Oils and Transmission Fluids that Can Cause Harm to Automobiles

The Petroleum Quality Institute of America tips its hat to the State of Georgia for the action it is taking to stop the sale of potentially engine damaging motor oils and transmission fluids sold in the state.  As of February 2016, Georgia has issued stop sales orders on 56 motor oils and 15 transmission fluids. 


Result on Four More Samples From Florida
UPDATED 2-5-2016

In addition to PQIA taking issue with the physical properties and labeling of the samples below (as published on 2-2-2016), there are also issues with the levels of antiwear additives in these products 

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February 2, 2016


In November 2015, PQIA reported on five brands of obsolete motor oils frequently seen on retail shelves in Florida. These brands include Xcel, Easylube, 3X, VTech, and Thunder.

Whereas we previously reported on the test results for samples of Xcel and 3X, click below for the test results on the Easylube, VTech and Thunder products sampled in Florida.

 

 

Related stories

Florida Deserves Better – October 30, 2015

Florida Deserves Better – Part II, November 9, 2015

Caring For Your Car

 

 

The first Group of Motor Oil Samples PQIA Reports on in 2016... All look good

January 26, 2016

Results in on eight more samples examined by PQIA. Each meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories.

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The Petroleum Quality Institute of America is able to serve buyers and consumers of lubricants in part through the support of lubricant manufacturers, marketers, and others. Please contact us at the link below if you too would like to sponsor PQIA's efforts to help assure the quality of lubricants in the marketplace. Click here to contact us about how you can help supporter PQIA's efforts
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PQIA NEWSLETTER
 ARCHIVES





 

Royal Purple Joins to Support PQIA

 

Reliance Fluid Technologies Joins to Support PQIA 

 

PQIA Welcomes the Support of JAX to Help Assure the Quality and Integrity of Lubricants

 

L.F. Powers Joins to Support PQIA

Ocean State Oil Joins to Support PQIA

Keller-Heartt Supports PQIA

Leahy-Wolf Joins to Support PQIA's Efforts to Help Assure the Quality and Integrity of Lubricants in the Marketplace

PQIA Adds Automatic Transmission Fluids to its Motor Oil Timeline

David Fenderson, from G.H. Berlin Joins the Petroleum Quality Institute of America Advisory Board

API cancelled several Silogram API certifications, as well as the Auto Club brand

RelaDyne took swift action to recall defective motor oil sold in quart bottles under the "Bullet" brand

Responsible Labeling Of Motor Oil...Room For Improvement

Alarms should go off when you read "Top Off" on the label

 

 

May 12, 2012 - PQIA Moves Forward With Bulk Oil Testing Program


May 2, 2012 - Bad Engine Oils are Not Hard to Find

Apr 25, 2012 - PQIA Issues a "Don't Buy" on Bullseye Motor Oil

Mar 22, 2012 - Silogram Lubricants Files Suit Against Everclear

 

Jan 2012 -  Check your oil


Sept 19, 2011  - The Petroleum Quality Institute of America Issues Consumer Alerts On Six Motor Oils

 

Mar 15, 2011 - PQIA Issues Consumer Alert on Everclear Motor Oil

March 2011 - Who Can You Trust


Mar 11, 2011 -  Are you Harming your Enspensive Ride with Engine Oil Made for Cars Built in the 1930?

May 25, 2010 PQIA Takes up the Issue of Line Wash Misuse

 

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Read the
Labels!

Unless this is your car, you could be damaging your engine with obsolete oil made for cars built in the 1930!



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