Maintenance

18May 2019
power foam intake system cleaner

Reviving a Lawn Mower (and other equipment) Is what We Do! John Baker|Feb 15, 2018 9:21 AM Judging someone’s character can be boiled down to this key question: do they love going to the dump? An affirmative answer indicates a visionary – one who sees a fashionably distressed dining set where others see a worn […]

14May 2019
head is noticeably cleaner.

Is an Engine Flush Good or Bad? John Baker|Nov 26, 2018 11:00 AM To flush or not to flush. It’s a question whose answer is obvious in the bathroom, but vigorously debated in the garage. Let’s get right to the point. Is an engine flush good or bad? Side note from Oilordering Team: There are two […]

05Mar 2019
limited slip

How a Differential Works (and the Type of Gear Lube to Use) John Baker|Mar 01, 2019 10:29 AM Think of all the devices we take for granted that improve our lives. The refrigerator. The microprocessor. The air conditioner. The spork. Add the automotive differential to that list. Without that metal “pumpkin” beneath your vehicle filled […]

05Feb 2019

Why Motor Oil Deteriorates Like just about everything else, motor oil has a lifespan. Even the best oils eventually require you to change them. Historically, many motorists like the convenience of changing oil with the seasons, visiting the quick lube or pulling the ramps out of their garage each spring and fall. Motor oil can […]

31Jan 2019

What’s the Minimum I Should Drive My Car? And Other Winter Car Storage Tips Jamie Jarvi|Oct 01, 2018 8:30 AM The roads are home to all kinds of vehicles. Daily drivers that clock thousands of miles each year. Seasonal vehicles that only clock hundreds. And then there are some whose odometers move only when being […]

16Jan 2019
hot brakes from standing

What’s the Difference Between DOT 3 and DOT 4 Brake Fluid? John Baker|Feb 27, 2018 10:12 AM The primary difference between Dot 3 and Dot 4 is their respective boiling points. I suspect I know your next question. But first, some background. The U.S. Department of Transportation classifies brake fluid into four main categories: DOT […]

09Jan 2019
repair manual

How To Choose the Right Battery for Your Car Ed Newman|Aug 09, 2017 8:00 AM Most of us have a car battery story we could resurrect if asked. I have a few, but the most memorable was in 1986 when my son was born. On our seventh anniversary, my wife and I had dined at […]

10Dec 2018
Snowblower maintenance

Never Overlook This When Maintaining Your Snowblower John Baker|Nov 06, 2018 10:01 AM Thanksgiving day, 2016. While my family was gathered in my dining room, imbibing spirits and making merry, I was in the shed disassembling the carburetor on my snowblower, reeking of petroleum as rivers of gasoline flowed under my jacket cuffs and saturated […]

03Dec 2018
Icy mornings can be fun

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Chris Sharon|Dec 18, 2017 9:19 AM Originally posted Nov. 11, 2016 With the worst of winter right around the corner, now is a good time to get your vehicle prepared for the worst. Being based in northern Wisconsin, we at AMSOIL talk a lot about how synthetic lubricants make life a little […]

20Nov 2018
viscosity chart OEM

Should I Switch to a Lighter Viscosity Oil in Winter? John Baker|Oct 08, 2018 11:51 AM Motorists sometimes ask if they should use a lighter viscosity of motor oil once winter arrives. Yes – provided your vehicle manufacturer allows it.  Run out to your vehicle and fish the owner’s manual from the glove box. Or […]

20Nov 2018

What Causes Engine Oil Oxidation? John Baker|Oct 17, 2018 10:59 AM As you might expect, oxygen causes engine oil oxidation. Oxygen comprises about 20 percent of our atmosphere. It’s the third most common element in the universe. Without it we’d all be doomed. And yet too much of it can cause problems inside your engine. […]

20Nov 2018
Problems when you change your oil

The DIY Oil Change: Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes Ed Newman|Aug 28, 2017 8:49 AM I’m probably from the last generation of people who largely changed their own oil. As the pace of life has increased and engine technology has grown more complicated, most people now pay a professional to take care of their auto-maintenance […]

16Sep 2018
aftermarket oil additives

Do Motor Oil Additives Work? John Baker|Mar 09, 2018 11:01 AM What do motor oil additives do? The shelves at your local auto parts store are full of aftermarket motor oil additives and oil treatments that promise a cornucopia of benefits, such as… Increased fuel economy Reduced friction Maximum horsepower Improved engine cleanliness To provide […]

16Sep 2018
coolant causes problems if low quality

Why is there Sludge/Slime in my Radiator? John Baker|Aug 24, 2018 9:28 AM Cooling-system issues account for nearly 40 percent of engine failures. Clearly, it pays to take care of your vehicle’s cooling system. Sludge/slime are one of the common symptoms of larger problems. Left unchecked, it’ll plug the radiator, heater core or fluid passages, […]