ASTM D6891 - 14

    Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Automotive Engine Oils in the Sequence IVA Spark-Ignition Engine

    Active Standard ASTM D6891 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.B0

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.03


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method was developed to evaluate automotive lubricant’s effect on controlling cam lobe wear for overhead valve-train equipped engines with sliding cam followers.

    Note 1This test method may be used for engine oil specifications, such as Specification D4485, API 1509, SAE J183, and ILSC GF 3.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method measures the ability of crankcase oil to control camshaft lobe wear for spark-ignition engines equipped with an overhead valve-train and sliding cam followers. This test method is designed to simulate extended engine idling vehicle operation. The Sequence IVA Test Method uses a Nissan KA24E engine. The primary result is camshaft lobe wear (measured at seven locations around each of the twelve lobes). Secondary results include cam lobe nose wear and measurement of iron wear metal concentration in the used engine oil. Other determinations such as fuel dilution of crankcase oil, non-ferrous wear metal concentrations, and total oil consumption, can be useful in the assessment of the validity of the test results.2

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.2.1 Exceptions—Where there is no direct SI equivalent such as pipe fittings, tubing, NPT screw threads/diameters, or single source equipment specified.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. See Annex A5 for specific safety precautions.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    CEC Standard

    CEC-L-38-A-94 Peugeot TU-3M/KDX Valve-train Scuffing Wear Test Available from the Coordinating European Council for the Development of Performance Tests Transportation Fuels, Lubes, and other Fluids, Madou Plaza , 25 Floor Place, Madou B-1210, Brussels, Belgium.

    ASTM Standards

    D235 Specification for Mineral Spirits (Petroleum Spirits) (Hydrocarbon Dry Cleaning Solvent)

    D287 Test Method for API Gravity of Crude Petroleum and Petroleum Products (Hydrometer Method)

    D323 Test Method for Vapor Pressure of Petroleum Products (Reid Method)

    D381 Test Method for Gum Content in Fuels by Jet Evaporation

    D445 Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Transparent and Opaque Liquids (and Calculation of Dynamic Viscosity)

    D525 Test Method for Oxidation Stability of Gasoline (Induction Period Method)

    D3525 Test Method for Gasoline Diluent in Used Gasoline Engine Oils by Gas Chromatography

    D4485 Specification for Performance of Active API Service Category Engine Oils

    D5185 Test Method for Multielement Determination of Used and Unused Lubricating Oils and Base Oils by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES)

    D5844 Test Method for Evaluation of Automotive Engine Oils for Inhibition of Rusting (Sequence IID)

    E230 Specification and Temperature-Electromotive Force (EMF) Tables for Standardized Thermocouples

    SAE Standards

    SAEJ183 Engine Oil Performance and Engine Service Classification Available from Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale, PA 15096-0001.

    SAEJ254 Instrumentation and Techniques for Exhaust Gas Emissions Measurement

    ASME Standard

    B46.1 Standard for Surface Texture (Surface Roughness, Waviness, and Lay) Available from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASME International Headquarters, Three Park Ave., New York, NY 10016-5990.

    JASO Standard

    M328-95 Valve-train Wear Test Procedure for Evaluating Automobile Gasoline Engine Oils Available from Japanese Standards Organization (JSA), 4-1-24 Akasaka Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 107-8440, Japan.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.100 (Lubricants, industrial oils and related products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15121501(Engine oil)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6891-14

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