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CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
CITGO Petroleum Corporation
Houston, TX 77210

Website(s): www.citgolubes.com

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.citgolubes.com.


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.

SAE 10W-30 Motor Oil

Viscosity Grade: SAE 10W-30
Labeling: API SN/ILSAC GF-5

Manufactured By: CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Houston, TX

Purchased at: Sarasota, FL

Date of purchase: 8/26/2016


Website(s): www.citgolubes.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 CITGO SUPERGARD
TBN, mg KOH/g (ASTM D2896) 8.54
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 9.3 to <12.5 10.41
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 65.03
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 148
Viscosity @-25ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 7,000 Max 4,567
Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ºC (ASTM D5800) 15 Max -c 12.6
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium 2,414
Magnesium 10
Phosphorus, ppm 600 to 800 779
Zinc, ppm 865
Molybdenum,  ppm 44
Barium, ppm <1
Boron, ppm 2
Silicon, ppm 8
Potassium, ppm <5
Manganese, ppm <1
Titanium, ppm <1
Copper, ppm <1
Sodium, ppm 6
Vanadium, ppm <1
Silver, ppm <1
Aluminum, ppm <1
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 15.5 are considered on specification.