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Advanced Packaging Company

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
Advanced Packaging Company
12678 Burt Rd
Detroit, MI

Website(s): No Website Found


Petroleum Quality Institute of America

Antifreeze/Coolant Test Program

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.

Polar Zone

Polar Zone
"Protects to -20°F"
Permanent Premixed Formula

Manufactured By: Advanced Packaging Company, Detroit, MI

Purchased at: Ypsilanti, MI

Date of purchase: 11/15/2016


Website(s): No Website Found

Test Results and Assessment:

Test results show the product has a freeze point of -2.2°F. The freeze point protection is above the labeled claim stating "Protects to -20°F," and well above the industry standard of -33.5°F. In addition, the pH at 12.12 is 1.12 higher than required to meet the ASTM D-3306 specification. The label also claims methanol as a component. Methanol is not an approved component in any engine coolant by any active industry standards. The use of methanol in Antifreeze/Coolant may present a safety hazard if used in an internal combustion engine.

NOTE: Polar Zone Antifreeze/Coolant has been ordered off the shelves in Missouri by the Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division in the State of Missouri. See: http://agriculture.mo.gov/weights/fuel/consumeralert.php

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Note: Although laboratory tests alone cannot be used to establish if coolant meets standards, they can be used to determine if it doesn't.

Physical Properties and Chemical Analysis  Polar Zone
Percent Antifreeze, (Based on Percent Glycol) N/R
Freeze Point, (ASTM D3321) in ⁰F -2.2 -b
Bitterant, (ASTM D7704) in ppm Not Detected -a
pH, (ASTM D1287) 12.12
Color, (Visual) Green
Ion Chromatography (ASTM D5827)  
Glycolate, ppm Not Detected
Formate, ppm Not Detected
Chloride, ppm 7
Sulfate, ppm 17
Nitrite, ppm Not Detected
Nitrate, ppm Not Detected
Phosphate, ppm Not Detected
  1. Although the sample tested was not purchased in a state requiring bitterant, 17 states require a minimum of 30ppm to make engine coolants unpalatable to people and animals.  Bitterant has no measurable performance benefit or detriment to coolants at levels mandated.
  2. ASTM D-1177