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LUBRICANT QUALITY 2012

PQIA Issues a CONSUMER ALERT on “SUPER STAR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID”

December 19, 2012 – The Petroleum Quality Institute of America recently tested a brand of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) on the shelves in Michigan that it says will likely cause damage to automotive transmissions. The brand is “Super Star ATF.” PQIA says the viscosity of the product tested is more than 20% below where expected, it contains water, and has unusually high levels of silicon, potassium, sodium, aluminum, and iron, indicating that this product may contain used oil and/or antifreeze. Although the sample of Super Star ATF tested was purchased in Allen Park, MI, PQIA says this brand was observed at other locations in the state.Click for More

PQIA Says it’s Time to “Stop the Slop”

October 2, 2012 – In a Call to Action, the Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) Puts its Foot Down on Harmful Engine Oils Sold in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Petroleum Quality Institute of America completed a tour collecting engine oils and transmission fluid samples in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Whereas the results of its testing will be published in a few weeks, PQIA says it feels a “sense of urgency to advice consumers about the proliferation of engine oils on the shelves in these states that can cause serious harm to your engine.” Click for more

Chevron Upholding Motor Oil Quality Standards

September 27, 2012 –Chevron is helping combat the widespread sale of harmful, low-quality bottled motor oils in convenience stores and bulk motor oil at quick lube facilities across the United States.  Click for more  

PQIA Issues a Don’t Buy on MaxiGuard and a Consumer Alert on Auto Club™

June 29, 2012 – The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) issued a “Don’t Buy” on  MaxiGuard Engine oil. According to PQIA, this oil can cause damage to passenger car engines. In addition to warning consumers about the dangers of this oil to car engines, PQIA also advises retailers to be aware of the issues PQIA has found with this brand. Click for more

Silogram Lubricants Files Suit Against Everclear

March 7, 2012 – Silogram Lubricants, a New York Corporation with a manufacturing and distribution facility in Bayonne, NJ filed a $25 million breach of contract suit against Everclear of Ohio, Ltd. on March 1, 2012.Silogram alleges the 10W-30 engine oil it purchased from Everclear for resale to Silogram’s customers from late 2010 to early 2012 was defective and improper for use in automobiles. As such, it damaged passenger cars and trucks where it was intended for use and caused damage to Silogram’s business and reputation. The Silogram suit claims they were purchasing the Everclear engine oil at a rate of approximately 1 million gallons a year. Click for more

PQIA Issues Two New Consumers Alerts  

Feb 21, 2012 – The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) posted tests results on six brands of engine oil recently tested. The results conducted on five samples meet the requirements for their labeled API Service Category and SAE viscosity grades. PQIA says, one sample, however, “raised eyebrows before the test results were even in.” That sample is for U.S. Economy Motor Oil 5-30.  Click for more

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