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May 25, 2010
misapplication of line wash in
certified motor oils has been an
ongoing issue for many years.
While many industry
organizations and participants
have expressed concern and taken
actions to curb such abuse, the
problem apparently persists.
PQIA's question is , Can more be
done to assure the certified
products on the shelves at
retail stores, in the bulk tanks
at quick lubes, new car dealers,
and other installers do not
contain line wash?
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) believes the answer is YES, and the solution is relatively easy.
The way to start is for the producers of line wash to put markers in their line wash that uniquely identify it as flush oil. Then organizations like API, PQIA, ILMA, the line wash producers, and others can look for these markers in their ongoing market sampling and testing programs, and offenders can be quickly identified and stopped. Markers are already used by some oil blenders to identify their oils in their ongoing quality control and market monitoring efforts, so adding another marker should fit well into existing programs.
Furthermore, the markers in line wash need not be quantified like other markers as their qualitative presence alone is enough to show that line wash was blended into the product.
If any of our readers have ideas that could help in addressing this issue, please drop us a note.