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Everclear of Ohio, Ltd.

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
Everclear of Ohio, Ltd.
Youngstown, OH 44515



The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) is an independent resource for information and insights on the quality of lubricants in the marketplace. Our mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by randomly sampling and independently testing lubricants taken from the field. Test results are posted along with the brand names on the PQIA website. This webpage provides an analysis on the brand detailed below.

The following are the test results for the sample examined.

"5-30" Motor Oil

Viscosity Grade: "5-30"
Labeling: No API Listed, "For Top Off Use Only"

Manufactured By: Everclear of Ohio, Ltd., Youngstown, OH

Purchased at: Munster, IN

Date of purchase: 11/15/2016


Website(s): everclearmotoroil.weebly.com

Test Results and Assessment:

The results of the tests conducted on this sample do NOT meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label. The Low-Temperature Cranking Viscosity is 43% higher than the maximum viscosity specification for this SAE grade. In addition, the organometallic additive levels in this sample indicate the product is NOT suitable for use in the majority of automobile engines currently on the road, and the metal analysis results for this sample indicate the product may be contaminated with used oil and abrasive material.

Use of this product in automobile engines will likely cause harm to the engine.

It should be noted that this is not the first time the PQIA has issued Consumer Alerts on these brands. In fact, this is the thirteenth time PQIA has issued Consumer Alerts on lubricants marketed under the Everclear brand.

Whereas PQIA has brought this issue to the attention of the Attorney General's office in Ohio (the State where the Everclear brand is manufactured), the product continues to be observed on the shelves in the Midwest and elsewhere. It has, however, been ordered off the shelves in the state of Georgia by the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Fuel & Measures Division, and in North Carolina by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

In an effort to help protect consumers, the PQIA will once again reach out to the Ohio Attorney General's office regarding the Everclear motor oils manufacturer in Ohio.

Related Stories:
WILL OHIO TAKE ACTION? -- Originally Published on May 19, 2014

Related Everclear Pages:
Everclear 10W-30 7/2011Everclear 10W-30 3/2014 (2 year Follow-up)Everclear 10W-30 9/2014 (6 month Follow-up ),Everclear 10W-40 3/2014Everclear 10-40 12/2014 (9 Months Follow-up)Everclear 5W-30 9/2013Everclear 5W-30 3/2014 (6 month Follow-up)Everclear 5W-30 9/2014 (6 Month Follow-up), Everclear 5-30 2/2016Everclear ATF 8/2012, and Everclear ATF 3/2014 (2 year Follow-up)

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Elemental Analysis pass
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Note: 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.

PHYSICAL TESTS (click for test details) - a Standard EVERCLEAR
TBN, mg KOH/g (ASTM D2896) 4.03
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 9.3 to <12.5 10.6
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 63.0
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 159
Viscosity @-30ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 6,600 Max 9,467
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium 9
Magnesium 2
Phosphorus, ppm 255
Zinc, ppm 6
Molybdenum,  ppm 0
Barium, ppm 0
Boron, ppm 0
Silicon, ppm 190
Potassium, ppm 2
Manganese, ppm 0
Titanium, ppm 0
Copper, ppm 37
Sodium, ppm 0
Vanadium, ppm 0
Silver, ppm 0
Aluminum, ppm 4
Chromium, ppm 0
Iron, ppm 21
Nickel, ppm 0
Lead, ppm 1
Antimony, ppm 0
Tin, ppm 17
  1. Standards, shown in yellow are established by API, SAE and others.
  2. Test Method for metal analysis is ASTM D5185.
  3. This specification is expressed to two significant figures, therefore results up to 15.5 are considered on specification.