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Chi-Town Lubricants

Company and Product Information

Corporate Office:
Chi-Town Lubricants
Dolton, IL 60419

Website(s):No Website 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.

Super XXX Platinum
5W30 Premium Motor Oil

Product: Super XXX Platinum
Viscosity Grade: "5W30"
Labeling: API SM and "High Performance GF-3"

Manufactured By: Chi-Town Lubricants, Dolton, IL

Purchased at: Arlington Heights, IL

Date of purchase: 2/17/2016


Website(s): No Website Found

Test Results and Assessment:

The labels on this sample refer to the product as a "Premium" and "High Performance" and "Motor Oil" and that it "PROTECTS AGAINST RUST AND CORROSION, DECREASES WEAR, INCREASES ENGINE LIFE, LOWERS ENGINE FRICTION AND GIVES BETTER GAS MILEAGE". In fact, this product does not meet any recognized definition of "Motor Oil" and is capable of causing damage to automobile engines.

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, and ARE NOT consistent with the referenced API Service Category. The Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C is 57% lower than the minimum viscosity specification for this SAE grade, and the Noack Volatility is more than three times higher than the maximum limit. In addition, the organometallic additive levels in this sample indicate the product is NOT suitable for use in virtually all automobile engines currently on the road, and the metal analysis results indicate the product may be contaminated with abrasive material. Use of this product in automobile engines will likely cause serious harm to the engine.

Whereas the back label on this product displays the API Service Symbol ("Donut"), the product is not listed as an API licensed motor oil.

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 Super XXX Platinum
TBN, mg KOH/g (ASTM D2896) <0.05
Viscosity @ 100ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 9.3 to 12.5 4.01
Viscosity @40ºC, cSt (ASTM D445) 19.61
Viscosity Index (ASTM D2270) 100
Viscosity @-30ºC mPa s (cP) (ASTM D5293) 6,600 Max 3,197
Volatility, mass % loss, 1 hr, @ 250ºC (ASTM D5800) 15 Max -c 53.4
ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS (click for test details) - a, b
Calcium 6
Magnesium <1
Phosphorus, ppm 600 to 800 40
Zinc, ppm 3
Molybdenum,  ppm <1
Barium, ppm <1
Boron, ppm <1
Silicon, ppm 107
Potassium, ppm <5
Manganese, ppm <1
Titanium, ppm <1
Copper, ppm <1
Sodium, ppm 5
Vanadium, ppm <1
Silver, ppm <1
Aluminum, ppm <1
Chromium, ppm <1
Iron, ppm 3
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.