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ASTM D4291 - Trace Ethylene Glycol in Used Engine Oil

Significance and Use

5.1 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.


1.1 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.

Extracted, with permission, from ASTM D4291-21 - Trace Ethylene Glycol in Used Engine Oil, copyright ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. A copy of the complete standard may be purchased from ASTM International,