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Orbit Oil

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
1122 E 10TH PL
GARY, IN 46402-2733

Website(s): No Websites Found


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.

Orbit 5W-30
Motor Oil

Product: Orbit
Viscosity Grade: 5W-30
Labeling: No API Service Classification on Label

Manufactured by: Orbit Oil in Gary, IN

Purchased at: Rockville, MD

Date of purchase: 7/1/2015


Website(s): No Websites Found

Test Results and Assessment:


The results of the tests conducted on this sample do NOT meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label. The Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C is 35% lower than the minimum viscosity specification for this SAE grade, and the Low-Temperature Cranking Viscosity is 63% higher than the maximum viscosity specification for this SAE grade. In addition, the labels for this product do not reference any API Service Categories. Use of this product in modern automobile engines may cause harm to the engine.

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 Orbit
TBN, mg KOH/g (ASTM D2896) 0.53
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 9.3 to <12.5 6.0
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 35.9
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 112
Viscosity @-30ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 6,600 Max 10769
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium 1501
Magnesium 646
Phosphorus, ppm 1173
Zinc, ppm 1375
Molybdenum,  ppm 73
Barium, ppm 2
Boron, ppm 216
Silicon, ppm 5
Potassium, ppm 2
Manganese, ppm 0
Titanium, ppm 0
Copper, ppm 1
Sodium, ppm 4
Vanadium, ppm 0
Silver, ppm 0
Aluminum, ppm 2
Chromium, ppm 0
Iron, ppm 15
Nickel, ppm 0
Lead, ppm 1
Antimony, ppm 1
Tin, ppm 0
  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.