Tag Archives: motor oil

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 […]

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 […]