Tech Articles

19Oct 2017
Corvairs Need High Zinc Oil

Flat-Tappet and Camshaft Lobe Lubrication This is the Technical Service Bulletin relating to AMSOIL’s main high zinc and ZDDP oils as discussed on a recent video posted on YouTube. OBJECTIVE: Provide facts outlining the lubrication requirements of flat tappet camshaft engines and the importance of higher levels of zinc and phosphorus. ISSUES: Flat-tappet camshafts undergo […]

19Sep 2017
severe service engine category

How do we define “severe service”? When pushing our lubricants to their limits, we sometimes find the limits of the test equipment first. Matt Erickson | TECHNICAL MANAGER – PCLT PRODUCTS AND MECHANICAL R&D One of my responsibilities here at AMSOIL is to help develop tests in our mechanical lab designed to push lubricants to […]

15Jul 2017
LSPI Low Speed Pre-Ignition

New Motor Oil Specs are Coming Josh Kimmes|May 02, 2017 9:11 AM As engine operating conditions grow more severe, so do the demands placed on your motor oil. New engine hardware such as turbochargers, direct injection and variable valve timing (VVT) place increased stress on your engine oil. You may find yourself asking, why do […]

17Jun 2017

Is Starting Fluid Bad for Gas Engines? John Baker|May 22, 2017 8:08 AM The simple answer: In small doses and used properly, it can be effective in hard-starting gasoline engines. But it can be bad for two-stroke or diesel engines. The real question to ask is, “Why does my engine need starting fluid in the […]

24Mar 2017
high octane

OCTANE EXPLAINED: DOES PREMIUM, HIGH-OCTANE GAS BOOST PERFORMANCE? A recent AAA report found that American motorists wasted $2.1 billion in the last year buying premium gasoline for engines designed to run on regular gas The reasons why are likely due to the following misconceptions about premium gas: Contains higher energy content (increasing power and fuel […]

24Mar 2017
Horsepower Meaning

What Does Horsepower Mean? John Baker|Nov 07, 2016 2:32 PM   You’ve likely heard of eighteenth-century Scottish engineer James Watt. He’s credited with coining the term “horsepower.” In a stroke of marketing genius, he used the term to help sell London industrialists on the ability of his new steam engines to more efficiently produce one […]

08Jan 2017
Variable Valve Timing lubrication issues

Variable valve timing improves engine efficiency. Long overdue, we see variable valve timing suddenly appearing all over the industry. It was a fellow Corvair Club member who developed the idea and initial patents. Here’s an overview of his story but you can see a video of the car running. The prototype was a 65 Corvair […]

28Oct 2016
viscosity ranges in lubricants

Should I Run Multi-Weight or Straight-Weight Oil in my Muscle Car? Ed Newman (Edited by Ches Cain)|Jan 12, 2016 4:30 PM   Much of the stigma related to this has been eliminated due to technology. Here’s the straight story on viscosity grade. The “W” number in, for example, a 15W-50 motor oil outlines the viscosity […]

12Sep 2016

How Extreme Heat Affects Your Engine   The average operating temperature of a passenger car/light truck engine is up to 235ºF, and higher under heavy loads. Motorists are becoming more familiar with the technologies responsible for this increased heat, specifically turbochargers and direct fuel injection. Automakers are designing engines using these performance-enhancing technologies to keep […]

08Mar 2016
Street Bob taken beyond extreme conditions

Motorcycle Oil for your Motorcycle? Ok, so it’s different but what makes AMSOIL better? Motorcycle engines and automotive engines function differently, and the lubricants that service them have different requirements. Six crucial differences between motorcycle and automotive engines are outlined below to illustrate why oil engineered for motorcycles is the best choice for your bike. […]

25Jan 2016
AMSOIL for your performance car.

Excessive engine wear eventually leads to costly breakdowns and catastrophic engine failure. But even if your engine doesn’t fail, wear robs your vehicle of power, performance and that “like-new” feeling you crave when driving. Modern engine parts are finely engineered to tight tolerances. This helps engines run more efficiently and last longer. Over time, however, […]

22Jan 2016
Dan Peterson AMSOIL Vice-President of Technical Development

AMSOIL TECH TALK By Dan Peterson – Vice President of Technical Development When motor oil exceeds its useful life or is affected by a mechanical defect, it most commonly becomes too thin to separate metal parts, too thick to pump or too acidic for continued use. Too Thin When oil becomes too thin, it fails […]

22Oct 2015

Product Description: All AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oils Re-posting from the 2011 update: Demonstrating another reason to use only 100% synthetic based oils. AMSOIL Inc. is about the only manufacturer making these available via the general retail market. AMSOIL Signature Series will prevent severe damage when the below published issues appear. Be sure to follow the […]

01Oct 2015
Dan Peterson AMSOIL Vice-President of Technical Development

Dan Peterson – Vice President of AMSOIL Technical Development SEPTEMBER 2015 Most people aren’t drawn to chemistry, and the majority of people would rather do many other things before sitting down to have a really engaging discussion around polymer science. My wife is a perfect example. Sometimes, when I get home from work, I share […]