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Valvoline International

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
Valvoline International
3499 Blazer Parkway
Lexingtom, KY

Website(s): www.valvoline.com

Valvoline International, Inc. produces, markets, and distributes automotive lubricants and chemicals for consumer, and commercial and industrial applications. The company’s consumer products include motor oil, antifreeze and radiator products, brake fluids, power steering products, automatic transmission products, fuel additives, spray lubricants, greases and gear oils, engine and parts cleaners, and maintenance products. Its commercial and industrial products comprise OEM endorsed products, heavy duty diesel engine oils, diesel exhaust fluids, natural gas engine oils, heavy duty chemicals, transmission fluids and gear oils, greases, and hydraulic and industrial oils. Source: Bloomberg


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.

Valvoline Premium Blue
SAE 15W-40 Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Oil

Product: Valvoline Premium Blue
Viscosity Grade: SAE 15W-40
Labeled: API CJ-4/SM

Marketed by: Valvoline International, Lexington, KY

Purchased at: Edison, NJ

Date of purchase: 8-10-2016


Website(s): www.valvoline.com

Test Results and Assessment:

The results of the tests conducted on this sample meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories.

bottle icon Physical Properties pass
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 Valvoline Premium Blue
TBN, mg KOH/g (ASTM D2896) 10.14
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 12.5 to <16.3 15.28
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 116.60
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 137
Viscosity @-20ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 7,000 Max 6,199
Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ºC (ASTM D5800) 13 Max -c 11.8
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium 1,254
Magnesium 964
Phosphorus, ppm 1,250 Max 1,157
Zinc, ppm 1,284
Molybdenum,  ppm 49
Barium, ppm <1
Boron, ppm <1
Silicon, ppm 8
Potassium, ppm <5
Manganese, ppm <1
Titanium, ppm 27
Copper, ppm <1
Sodium, ppm <5
Vanadium, ppm <1
Silver, ppm <1
Aluminum, ppm 2
Chromium, ppm <1
Iron, ppm 1
Nickel, ppm <1
Lead, ppm <1
Antimony, ppm <1
Tin, ppm <1
  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 13.5 are considered on specification.