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Major Brands Oil Company

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
Holland, MI 49423

Website(s): www.majorbrandsoil.com

Petroleum Quality Institute of America

Antifreeze/Coolant Test Program

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.

Performance Ready-To-Go 50/50 Premixed
Green/Traditional Antifreeze/Coolant

Performance Ready-To-Go 50/50 Premixed
Green/Traditional Antifreeze/Coolant

Manufactured by: Major Brands Oil Company in Holland, MI

Purchased at: Woodville, OH

Date of purchase: 7/24/2015


Website(s): www.majorbrandsoil.com

Test Results and Assessment:

The pH of the product tested is extremely high and will not meet claimed standards. The freeze point of the product is higher than the industry standard of -33.5⁰F required by many states. Degradation acids (Glycolate and Formate), chlorides, and sulfates are high. Such concentrations can result in scale and/or corrosion.

The level of bitterant in the sample is also significantly lower than required in seventeen states.

Test results are indicative of a reclaimed/recycled coolant. This product would not likely meet ASTM D-3306, nor likely meet the requirements of ASTM D-6471 (recycled coolant spec) due to its high chloride and sulfate levels. It is also important to note, although labeled as such, this product would not likely meet both ASTM D-4985 and ASTM D-6210.

UPDATE: Major Brands Oil Company contacted PQIA saying that the test results of this sample are not reflective of the company’s current quality and encouraged PQIA to proactively test Major Brands Oil Company’s Performance Antifreeze & Coolant. We did so and purchased products from two locations in Michigan. The results of the tests conducted on these sample are consistent with their labeled claims. See links below for test results on follow-up samples.

     •  Kalamazoo, MI
     •  Watervliet, MI

bottle icon Physical Properties pass
Chemical Analysis pass
Labeling warning

Note: Although laboratory tests alone cannot be used to establish if coolant meets standards, they can be used to determine if it doesn't.

Physical Properties and Chemical Analysis  Performance
Percent Antifreeze, (Based on Percent Glycol) 44
Freeze Point, (ASTM D3321) in ⁰F -20
Bitterant, (ASTM D7704) in ppm 4
pH, (ASTM D1287) 12.03
Color, (Visual) Green
Chloride and Other Anions by Ion Chromatography (ASTM D5827)  
Glycolate, ppm 331
Formate, ppm 393
Chloride, ppm 115
Sulfate, ppm 627
Nitrite, ppm 1470
Nitrate, ppm 207
Phosphate, ppm Not Detected