Differences fake Toyota motor oil in a can

Buying genuine Toyota oil can be a disappointment if you buy a fake. Unfortunately, scammers expand their assortment of oils over time, and after a plastic 5-liter canister, their choice fell on a tin can.

Toyota 5W-30 oil (08880-10705) in a tin (iron) can is the most popular among owners of the Japanese car industry model range, and the appearance of a fake in the "tin" on the market does not bring any joy, especially if the car owner does not have the opportunity to purchase a quality product either due to its absence on the shelves, or from ignorance of the differences between the original Toyota oil and fakes.

In this article, we will consider how to distinguish fake oil from the original at the time of purchase, or after the acquisition, because fake cans are of quite high quality. But it is worth noting in advance that fraudsters do not sleep, and the fake over time more and more becomes more outwardly more like an original canister.

Before buying, carefully inspect the canister. First of all, pay attention to the seam. On the original, it is absolutely smooth without bumps.

Seam difference
The seam on the original canister is overlapped, on a fake in the joint and a little crooked (before the seam had a simple fold)

The metal on the top of the original can (where the handle is), if you look at the light at an angle, the metal is polished parallel to the can, and fake grinding is used perpendicular to the length of the can, which is especially noticeable on the handle. It is also worth adding that the metal is smooth on the original and rough on the fake.

When inspecting the top of the canister, note the printed batch number. If the filler plug is on the left, the pen is on the right, then the font will be read from left to right, on fakes, if you install the jar in the same way (the plug is on the left, the pen is on the right) the font is printed upside down.

batch number
Batch Number Location

The next difference that catches your eye is a metal edging, which is rolled on top. On the original, it is polished and smooth. Of course, not to the state of chrome, but it is not difficult to determine the polished metal externally, while on the crafts the edging is more dull and may be in rubble.

On the original, the rolling is smooth, on a fake it is made not of high quality and with sharper edges

The cans are almost identical in color, but the difference is noticeable on the bar code on the side. On the original canister, if you put it at an angle, the code has a white background, in a fake it happens to be lilac, pink and gives the corresponding shade, as well as the inscription MOTOR OIL. But do not forget that fakes are constantly improving their technology, and you should not pay special attention to the code, but you need to know about it.

The silver inscription changed to red in 2017

The covers are exactly the same and there is practically no difference between them. The plastic that is used on the filler tongue on the original is transparent, on a fake it is matte and with yellowness. The only thing I wanted to note is that when you press the lid of the original canister, it is completely removed, but in a fake with an easy opening, difficulties will likely arise.

Summing up, it should be noted that fakes are found not only among 4-liter Toyota 5W-30 API SN ILSAC GF-5 oil, but also among 0W-20 (08880-10505), 5W-20 (08880-10605) and given that that the fake is perfected over time, the only thing that is most likely to determine the counterfeit from the original is oil.

What is flooded ?! The original is filled with mineral base oil with additives of a high degree of purification (Toyota proprietary development). At best, a fake can is filled with an M8B lubricant system based on mineral base oil, or a cheaper oil with a low sulfur content with a viscosity of 10W-40 or 15W-40 with a minimum level of anti-wear additives.

Oil Comparison: Original or Fake
Comparison of the original oil and fakes by color: on the left is the original Toyota, on the right is fake

Based on this, the only thing that will certainly determine the authenticity of the oil is the fluidity experiment. To do this (the availability of the original oil will be very handy), you need to pour a little oil in a small container and place in the freezer for 12 hours at -30 degrees Celsius. A thicker oil, with minimal viscosity, has every reason to believe about a fake.

To reduce the risk of buying counterfeit goods, we recommend that you think about purchasing Toyota oil in liter bottles (08880-10706), of course you will feel an overpayment, but a liter can is almost not faked, and in 99% of cases you will buy the original.