Tag Archives: motor oil

What Motor Oil Should I Use in a Methanol Engine? John Baker|Sep 15, 2017 8:49 AM Frank wants to know, via our Facebook page, the pros and cons of using mineral oil versus synthetic oil in a methanol-fueled engine. Thanks for the question, Frank. What is methanol? For those who already know, bear with me. Methanol […]

Are all Synthetic Oil Groups the Same? Group III vs IV vs V John Baker|Feb 06, 2018 11:27 AM The simple answer No. In fact, there are wide performance differences between base oil categories. Generally speaking, Group IV base oils offer the best performance, Group III second best, and so on in reverse order. But […]

Your Most Common Motor Oil Questions Answered Ed Newman|Sep 29, 2017 11:14 AM One thing the Internet has done is create a lot more “experts.” In the old days when you had a car maintenance question, you knew whom to ask – ‘ol Mike up the street with grease under his fingernails and a rag […]

Does it Matter Which Brand of Motor Oil You Use? John Baker|Aug 07, 2017 2:43 PM The Internet is abuzz over the latest Blackstone Labs newsletter. OK, “abuzz” may be a stretch. But the newsletter certainly has sent the motor oil geeks among us into a tizzy.   The distinguished oil analysis laboratory sought to answer […]

AMSOIL OE: Value, Performance & Protection for the Price of One The Original Equipment line brings the highest performance & protection into the Primary “Full” Synthetic Price Range Upgraded!! The challenge was to offer the same 100% synthetic base oil and the industry leading top tier performance standards of our pure-enthusiast oils into the bargain […]

What Happens if I Use the Wrong Weight (Viscosity) of Oil? John Baker|Jan 31, 2018 11:19 AM It depends on how your engine is built and how it reacts to the specific viscosity of oil you use. That’s pretty nebulous, so here are some examples. Josh buys a new car that requires 0W-20 motor oil. […]

XL Synthetic Motor Oil: Stronger for Longer The new XL Synthetic Motor Oil formulation delivers more cleaning power, complete protection against oil breakdown and new extended-drain recommendations. XL Synthetic Motor Oil (XLZ, XLM, XLF, XLT, XLO) XL Synthetic Motor Oil features a boosted formulation that delivers more cleaning power and promotes longer engine life. It’s […]

Can Your Motor Oil Handle the Seven Responsibilities of a Lubricant? Ed Newman|May 24, 2017 8:30 AM Most motorists understand the primary functions of motor oil: reduce friction and wear. However, motor oil and other lubricants must do more to protect your vehicles and equipment. With engines and equipment becoming more powerful and sophisticated, it […]

How to Protect a Motorcycle Wet Clutch (and How it Works)  John Baker|Jul 19, 2017 10:14 AM A 10-mile trudge down gravel roads more trafficked by mosquitoes than people. That’s the situation I faced after dumping my Honda 350 motorcycle on a patch of loose gravel. Back then (the mid 1990s), cell phones were a […]

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 […]

Why do European Vehicles Require Special Oil? John Baker|Jul 05, 2017 7:43 AM   For all the grin-inducing benefits of owning a European car – finely tuned performance, sophisticated styling, prestige – they can be a pain to own. According to this list, four of the top five most expensive vehicles to maintain hail from across […]

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Motor Oil Additives Ed Newman|Jan 18, 2017 8:28 AM   It’s been a long, long time since motor oil was “just oil.” In the 1930s, someone decided to begin putting wax modifiers in the oil to address the problem of wax residue after the refining process. Thus […]

What Causes Motor Oil Consumption? Ed Newman|Oct 14, 2016 9:37 AM Everyone who owns a vehicle knows you need to regularly check the oil level. (Note: If you do not know this, you’d better go check your oil.) A certain amount of oil loss is normal due to motor oil volatility – that is, boil-off […]

Maximum Protection for Turbodiesels AMSOIL synthetic diesel oils are well-suited for the extreme operating conditions of turbodiesel engines. While gasoline engines still cover the majority of the North American passenger-vehicle market, turbodiesel-powered vehicles have grabbed the spotlight and gained a strong foothold in recent years. Owners appreciate the modern technology advancements that effectively combine traditional […]

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