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Fresh engine oil analysis reveals the quality of new lube oil product. This test is conducted as per the standards prescribed with minimum and maximum limits for a best use mostly from standardization authorities and sometimes these are region specific. Fresh engine oil testing generally required by lube oil producers, lube oil sellers and lube oil buyers as well. Individuals using expensive vehicles may also test the oil before use to check appropriateness.

Below is the list of Test methods and parameters for fresh lube oil/engine oil testing:

Fresh Engine Oil Testing Parameters and Test Methods
PARAMETERS TEST METHODS
Kinematic Viscosity @ 40°C
Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C
Colour
Viscosity Index
Flash Point
Pour Point
Total Base Number
– Metals
– Calcium
– Zinc
– Phosphorus
– Magnesium
ASTM D 445
ASTM D 445
ASTM D 1500
ASTM D 2270
ASTM D 92
ASTM D 97
ASTM D 2896
ASTM D 4951



PARAMETERS TEST METHODS
Viscosity Index
Kinematic Viscosity@100°C
Kinematic Viscosity@40°C, cst
API, Gravity
Sulphated Ash, W%
TBN
Zinc, Zn wt%
Calcium, Ca w%
Magnesium, Mg w%
ASTM D 2270
ASTM D 445
ASTM D 445
ASTM D 287
ASTM D 874
ASTM D 2896
ASTM D 4951