HOUSTON- The American Petroleum Institutes Lubricants Committee last week heard the outcome of its 2004 engine oil aftermarket audit program, which checks on the quality of API-licensed engine oils sold in the retail marketplace worldwide. Nearly a dozen licensed products were nonconforming and flunkedAPIs scrutiny in some way, the Nov. 7 meeting was told – including two which were so bad they could cause damage to vehicle engines.
API collected 611 engine oil samples for auditing in 2004, gathering them from retail stores, auto dealers, quick lubes and other retail outlets in the United States and abroad, APIs Kevin Ferrick reported. Of these, 11 were found to be nonconforming, meaning they had the wrong additive treat level, failed the cold cranking limit, were out of viscosity grade, or were otherwise deficient.
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