acronyms for a newbie

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I'm having a hard time following the acronyms on this site. Is there a FAQ somewhere to describe them. For example PP=Penzoil Platinum, GC = Germal Castrol Thanks
 
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Some of the most common ones ... UOA = used oil analysis VOA = Virgin Oil Analysis HDEO = Heavy Duty Engine Oil PCMO = Passenger car motor oil PAO = polyalphaolefins VI = viscosity index VII = Viscosity Index Improver ZDDP = Zinc dialkyl dithio phosphate - main use as anti-wear additive NOACK = a test procedure for measuring volatility pp = pour point TBN = Total Base Number TAN = Total Acid Number PPD = Pour Point Depressant - additive that retards wax crystallization - lowers the pour point EP = extreme pressure additive M1 = Mobil 1 PP = Pennzoil Platinum RL = Redline motor oil RP = Royal Purple motor oil COP = Conocco Phillips XOM = Exxon Mobil GC = German Castrol (Syntec 0W-30 made in Germany) MC = Motorcraft SOPUS = Shell Oil Products US TOST - Turbine Oil Oxidation Stability Test ASTM D-943 RPVOT = Rotating Pressure Vessel Oxidation Test MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheet PDS = Product data sheet SLOB = Street Legal Oil Boost VSOT = Valvoline SynPower Oil Treatment cP = Centipoise - a unit of absolute viscosity cSt = Centistoke - a standard unit of kinematic viscosity KV = Kinematic viscosity API - American Petroleum Institute CAFE - Corporate Average Fuel Economy POE = Polyolester
 
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How bout these: Grp II=dino oil Grp III synthetic=hydrocracked dino oil Grp IV synthetic=PAO synthetic oil Grp V synthetic=ester based synthetic oil Did I word that right?????
 

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Thanks everyone - very helpful. If I might suggest - it would be nice to have an acronym list as a sticky for new members.
 
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 Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
How bout these: Grp II=dino oil Grp III synthetic=hydrocracked dino oil Grp IV synthetic=PAO synthetic oil Grp V synthetic=ester based synthetic oil Did I word that right?????
PAO - Polyalfaolefin IIRC ;\)
 
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Maybe we can keep this going since there doesn't seem to be any recent FAQ. Googled these - correct them if they're wrong please. Amsoil ASM - Amsoil Synthetic Motor oil Amsoil SSO - Signature Series Oil PYB - Pennzoil Yellow Bottle (Dino)
 
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Admins/Mods: As a relative newb myself, I think it would be *great* if this cleaned up and had all of the replies aggregated into one response, and was made into a sticky at the top of the forum. :)
 
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I was already making my translation list so I could understand the *. My list has some duplication. #132 Shaeffer Moly E.P. Oil Treatment AA Advance Auto (chain store) AAP Advance Auto Parts store AC Air conditioning AFE some unknown oil ATF Automatic Transmission Fluid ATF Automatic Transmissionf Fluid AZ Autozone (chain store) or Arizona AZ Autozone (or Arizona) BHP Brake HorsePower CA Cyanoacrylate, Canada, California. CT CT will mount new winter tires on the rear only DT Discount Tire E10 Gasoline with 10% ethenol E90 Gasoline with 90% ethenol F1 Formula 1 (racing) FF First Fill -- Initial oil fill. GC German Castrol GF Girl Friend GM General Motors HM High mileage HTHS High-Temperature, High-Sheer oil viscosity measurement JD John Deere M1 Mobile 1 MC Motorcraft OCI Oil Change Interval PC Porter Cable PP Penzoil Platinum PS Power Steering PS Power steering RL Redline. RP Royal Purple SAP Sulfur,Ash, and Phosphorous (SAP) content for diesel engines. st oil or anything made by wpp ST Super Tech (oil filter brand) TPMS Tire pressure monitoring system UOA Used oil analysis WC Water Column (used to measure small pressures) WOT Wide Open Throttle
 
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Oil Terminology: UOA = used oil analysis VOA = Virgin Oil Analysis OCI - Oil Change Interval FF - First Fill (Initial fill of oil) HDEO - Heavy Duty Engine Oil PCMO - Passenger car motor oil API - American Petroleum Institute ATSM - American Society for Testing Materials SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers Group II - Dino oil (Crude based) Grp III - Synthetic based on hydrocracked dino oil Grp IV - Synthetic oils based on Polyalphaolefin (POA) (full synthetic) Grp V - Synthetic oils based on Esters (full synthetic) Dino - Dinosaur. Aka, fossil fuels, petrolium, crude; pumped from the ground PAO - polyalphaolefins POE - Polyolester MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheet PDS = Product data sheet VI - viscosity index PP - pour point NOACK - a test procedure for measuring volatility HTHS - High-Temperature, High-Sheer oil viscosity measurement TBN - Total Base Number TAN - Total Acid Number cP - Centipoise - a unit of absolute viscosity cSt - Centistoke - a standard unit of kinematic viscosity KV - Kinematic viscosity CCS - Cold Cranking Simulator SAP - Sulfur,Ash, and Phosphorous content for diesel engines. TOST - Turbine Oil Oxidation Stability Test ASTM D-943 RPVOT = Rotating Pressure Vessel Oxidation Test #132 - Shaeffer Moly E.P. Oil Treatment EP - extreme pressure additive PPD - Pour Point Depressant - additive that retards wax crystallization - lowers the pour point OTC - Over the counter SLOB - Street Legal Oil Boost VII - Viscosity Index Improver VSOT - Valvoline SynPower Oil Treatment WC - Water Column (used to measure small pressures) ZDDP - Zinc dialkyl dithio phosphate (main use as anti-wear additive) Oil Brands: AFE - Some unknown oil Amsoil ASM - 0w20 Amsoil Synthetic Amsoil SSO - 0w30 Amsoil Synthetic (Signature Series) Amsoil ASL - 5w30 Amsoil Syntethic Amsoil ATM - 10w30 Amsoil Synthetic COP - Conocco Phillips GC - German Castrol (Castrol Syntec 0W-30 made in Germany) MC - Motorcraft M1 - Mobil 1 M1 EP - Mobil 1 Extended Protection M1 HM - Mobil 1 High Mileage MMO - Marvel Mystery Oil PP - Pennzoil Platinum PYB - Pennzoil Yellow Bottle (Dino) RL - Redline motor oil RLI - Renewable Lubricants Inc. RP - Royal Purple motor oil SOPUS - Shell Oil Products US ST - Super Tech (oil filter brand) RTS - (Shell) Rotella T Synthetic QS - Quaker State XOM - Exxon Mobil Vendors: AA - Advance Auto AAP - Advance Auto Parts AZ - Autozone (chain store) or Arizona CT - Canadian Tire CTC - Canadian Tire corporation DT - Discount Tire Automotive Terminology: AC - Air conditioning AT - Automatic Transmittions ATF - Automatic Transmission Fluid ATX - Automatix Transmission BHP - Brake HorsePower CAFE - Corporate Average Fuel Economy DOCH - Double Overhead Cam(shaft Engine) E10 - Gasoline with 10% ethenol E85 - Gasoline with 85% ethanol E90 - Gasoline with 90% ethenol F1 - Formula 1 (racing) HM - High mileage MPG - Miles Per Gallon MT - Manual Transmission MTX - Manual Transmission OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer OLM - Oil Life Monitor PS - Power Steering RPM - Revolutions Per Minute (of an engine) SOHC - Single Overhead Cam(shaft engine) TPMS - Tire pressure monitoring system WOT - Wide Open Throttle Internet Chat Terms: IIRC - If I Recall Correctly IMO - In My Opinion GF - Girl Friend YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
 
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