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NEW TECHNOLOGIES PROMPT NEW INDUSTRY STANDARDS ILSAC GF-6 and API SP specifications coming May 1. AMSOIL is already ahead of the game. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are under pressure to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. As a result, most new engines today use some combination of turbochargers, direct-fuel injection and variable valve timing to […]

WEAVER CUSTOMS: DEDICATED BUILDERS Award-winning car builders Randy and Sydney Weaver put in the long hours required to take projects from ordinary to extraordinary. Their hard work has paid off. Founders of Weaver Customs in West Jordan, Utah, Randy and Sydney Weaver are pushing the envelope of the custom industry and reaping the rewards. One recent […]

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The History of Synthetic Oil (and AMSOIL) John Baker|Dec 26, 2019 8:00 AM Research into alternatives to petroleum oils began long before Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939. But not until WWII choked off Germany’s crude-oil supplies and dramatically revealed petroleum oil’s failings on the front lines did a clear incentive to develop synthetic oil […]

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Why Do I Need To Change My Oil? Not a dumb question actually. Of course you need to change it at some time but I know what you mean – what are the deciding factors of the “why”? Because you always learn something. Let’s see what Dan has to say about this age old question. […]

Prevent The Wear Which Results In Power Loss. John Baker|Jan 14, 2020 4:45 PM Most of us know excessive engine wear eventually leads to costly breakdowns and 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 […]

Why is there Sludge/Slime in my Radiator? John Baker|Mar 02 4:18 PM   Nearly 40 percent of engine failures can be attributed to cooling-system issues. Clearly, it pays to take care of your vehicle’s cooling system. Sludge/slime are just one of the common symptoms of larger problems. Left unchecked, it’ll plug the radiator, heater core […]

Can We Still Go Fishing? Wisconsin DNR Interview John Baker|Mar 27, 2020 8:53 AM To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, government officials at the local, state and federal levels have instituted a number of measures. Here in Wisconsin, like in many other states, the governor has issued a “safer-at-home” order in effect until […]

The Function of a Dual-Clutch Transmission How does it work? It doesn’t. 🙂   (Just kidding) Market Technology before it’s ready! John Baker|Jan 02, 2020 11:43 AM A dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is synonymous with high performance. Compared to a traditional automatic transmission, it delivers… Faster, smoother shifts Increased fuel economy Improved performance Surprise breakdowns (well they’ll […]

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5 Expert Chainsaw Maintenance Tips John Baker|Feb 13, 2020 4:24 PM Chainsaws are great tools – when they’re working properly. Here are five chainsaw-maintenance tips to keep your chainsaw cutting strong. Keep the chain sharp Anyone who has tried forcing a dull chain through wood knows the importance of a sharp chain. Properly sharpening a […]

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A SIMPLE WAY TO FIGHT CYLINDER-LINER CAVITATION In extreme cases, cylinder-liner cavitation in diesels can allow oil and coolant to mix. Then it’s just a matter of time until engine failure. Here’s what you can do to help ensure that doesn’t happen. Most diesel engines are designed with replaceable cast-iron cylinder liners that are pressed […]

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The Debate Over Reduced ZDDP and Wear Protection   Do modern motor oils formulated with reduced zinc and phosphorus anti-wear additives provide adequate engine protection? It’s a question some industry insiders, auto enthusiasts and motorists have been asking for years. And as engine builders and classic-car owners continue to experience engine failures they attribute to […]