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Kum & Go L.C.

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
Kum & Go, L.C.
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Website(s): www.kumandgo.com

According to Kum & Go's Website, "For more than 55 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. The fifth-largest, privately held and company-operated convenience store chain in the U.S, Kum & Go is an industry pioneer founded on providing exceptional service and delivering more than what customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa in 1959, family-owned Kum & Go has since grown to employ more than 4,700 associates across 430 stores and 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming)."


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.

Kum & Go Synthetic Blend
SAE 5W-20 Motor Oil

Product: Kum & Go Synthetic Blend
Viscosity Grade: SAE 5W-20
Labeling: API SN/ILSAC GF-5

Distributed By: Kum & Go, L.C., West Des Moines, IA

Purchased at: Cheyenne, WY

Date of purchase: 4/11/2016


Website(s): www.kumandgo.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
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 Kum & Go
TBN, mg KOH/g (ASTM D2896) 6.97
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 6.9 to <9.3 8.72
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 50.43
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 152
Viscosity @-30ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 6,600 Max 5,463
Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ÂșC (ASTM D5800) 15 Max -c 12.7
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium 1,897
Magnesium 14
Phosphorus, ppm 600 to 800 768
Zinc, ppm 815
Molybdenum,  ppm 40
Barium, ppm <1
Boron, ppm 196
Silicon, ppm 6
Potassium, ppm <5
Manganese, ppm <1
Titanium, ppm <1
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 15.5 are considered on specification.