Passenger Car Engine Oil Evaluations
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The new Sequence VIE test method is currently under development at SwRI. Once completed, the Sequence VIE will replace the current Sequence VID procedure.

The current International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) specification for gasoline passenger cars is GF-5. SwRI performs all of the necessary engine-based ASTM lubricant tests required by GF-5. Details are available below for each of these.

SwRI also conducts the older Sequence IIIF (ASTM D6984) test procedure from GF-3.

GF-5 Bench Tests

SwRI also performs all of the GF-5 related bench tests. These tests include the following:

Bench Tests ASTM
Ball Rust Test (BRT) D6557
Elastomer Compatibility D7216
Emulsion Retention D7563
EOFT D6795
EOWTT (Filterability) D6794
Foaming D892
Foaming, High-Temperature with Optional Blending D6082
Homogeneity & Miscibility D6922
NOACK Volatility D5800
High-Temperature Corrosion D6594
High-Temperature High-Shear Viscosity D4683
Kinematic Viscosity D6278
Phosphorus D4951
ROBO (may be substituted for Sequence IIIGA) D7528
Scanning Brookfield D5133
Sooted Oil MRV D6896
Mini-Rotary Viscometer D6896
Mini-Rotary Viscometer TP-1 D4684
Engine Oil Shear Stability D7109
Sulfur D4951 or D2622
Sulfated Ash D874
TEOST (MHT-4) D7097
Volatility D6417

Related Terminology

GF-5  •  ILSAC  •  ASTM  •  lubricant testing  •  Sequence IIIG  •  Sequence IIIGA  •  Sequence IIIGB  •  Sequence IVA  •  Sequence VG  •  Sequence VIII  •  Sequence VID  •  Sequence VIE

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