Product Tested

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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

Product: Everclear
Viscosity Grade: 5-30
Labeling: No API Service Category on the Label

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

Purchased at: Hoffman Estate, IL

Date of purchase: 2/17/2016


Website(s): www.everclearoil.com

Test Results and Assessment:

The Everclear product PQIA recently purchased in the Chicago area displays "5-30 Motor Oil" on the front label. Whereas a reasonable person would likely interpret this to mean it's an SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade, the back label goes on to say, "5-30 means the viscosity ranges from 5 to 30." With that said, it's clear that the manufacturer is not stating what the viscosity of the oil is other than it ranges from 5 to 30 something, as no units are specified. For these reasons alone, PQIA advises consumers to not buy this product.

Adding to this, the results of the tests conducted on this sample DO NOT meet the SAE J300 specifications for a 5W-30. The Low-Temperature Cranking Viscosity is 260% higher than the maximum viscosity specification for this SAE grade. Further, 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. The metal analysis results for this sample indicate the product may be contaminated with used oil and abrasive material. Use of this product in modern automobile engines will likely cause harm to the engine.

This is the tenth time PQIA has issued Consumer Alerts on lubricants marketed under the Everclear brand. This product has been ordered off the shelves in the states of Georgia and North Carolina.

Related Everclear Pages:

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

bottle icon Physical Properties pass
Elemental Analysis pass
Labeling warning

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) 0.51
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 9.3 to <12.5 11.5
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 73.9
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 149
Viscosity @-30ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 6,600 Max 17,165
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium 0
Magnesium 0
Phosphorus, ppm 598
Zinc, ppm 10
Molybdenum,  ppm 1
Barium, ppm 0
Boron, ppm 0
Silicon, ppm >999
Potassium, ppm 4
Manganese, ppm 0
Titanium, ppm 0
Copper, ppm 70
Sodium, ppm 0
Vanadium, ppm 0
Silver, ppm 0
Aluminum, ppm 9
Chromium, ppm 5
Iron, ppm 44
Nickel, ppm 0
Lead, ppm 6
Antimony, ppm 0
Tin, ppm 14
  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.