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    ASTM D4291 - 04(2017)

    Standard Test Method for Trace Ethylene Glycol in Used Engine Oil

    Active Standard ASTM D4291 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.04.0L

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.02

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 Leakage of aqueous engine coolant into the crank case weakens the ability of the oil to lubricate. If ethylene glycol is present, it promotes varnish and deposit formation. This test method is designed for early detection to prevent coolant from accumulating and seriously damaging the engine.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of ethylene glycol as a contaminant in used engine oil. This test method is designed to quantitate ethylene glycol in the range from 5 mass ppm to 200 mass ppm.

    1.2 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific warning statements, see Section 6.

    Note 1: A qualitative determination of glycol-base antifreeze is provided in Test Methods D2982. Procedure A is sensitive to about 100 ppm.

    1.3 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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

    ASTM Standards

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D2982 Test Methods for Detecting Glycol-Base Antifreeze in Used Lubricating Oils

    D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    ICS Code

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

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    DOI: 10.1520/D4291-04R17

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    ASTM D4291-04(2017), Standard Test Method for Trace Ethylene Glycol in Used Engine Oil, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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