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Do Coolant Additives Work? John Baker|Feb 05, 2020 10:39 AM Store shelves contain several coolant additives that promise to reduce engine heat, control overheating and fight corrosion. Do coolant additives work? And, if so, are they necessary? It’s tough to top good ‘ol H2O First of all, why use coolant additives in the first place? Straight water is the […]

Friction Is A Hot Topic Ed Newman|Apr 29, 2016 1:48 PM   What is friction? We all know what it is even if we don’t understand the mathematical equation that engineers use to express it. I remember a science lesson at some point during my school years when we were instructed to rub our hands […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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What Your Motor Oil Color Means Color in general shouldn’t indicate any immediate action without an oil analysis test to validate anything out of the ordinary. While color could indicate an issue, keep in mind oil that appears ‘bad’ has often been tested as still within it’s usefulness.  Let’s go over the considerations which need […]

EXTEND TURBODIESEL ENGINE LIFE Turbodiesel vehicles have established a loyal customer base in North America. Follow these sound maintenance practices to extend the life of these powerful and expensive engines. Allow the Engine to Warm and Cool Upon startup, allow the engine to warm up before revving it or driving off. This is especially important […]

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Why not use Racing Oil in my Car If It’s Tougher? John Baker|Nov 29, 2019 8:00 AM When deciding if racing oil is right for their vehicles, gearheads and other enthusiasts sometimes offer this line of reasoning: Racing engines are more severe than my engine Racing engines use racing oil Therefore, I should use racing […]

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Why Does My Vehicle’s Engine Burn Oil? John Baker|Aug 29, 2016 8:13 AM The simple answer: It’s probably wearing out. Over time, the piston rings have likely become worn or stuck in their grooves, preventing them from sealing tightly against the cylinder wall. The tiny gap that has formed between the ring and cylinder wall […]

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I Have No Idea How Many Quarts My Car Needs. Help! John Baker|October 8 9:10 AM The answer seems simple: probably about five quarts. But, if you drive a small car with a four-cylinder engine, it’s likely closer to four quarts. However, the V-8 engine in your truck could require about seven quarts. My in-laws’ […]

The Pros and Cons of Semi-Synthetic Oils and Synthetic Blends Andy Arendt|Sep 22, 2017 9:20 AM Scott D. Galbreath asks via our Facebook page about the pros and cons of synthetic blend motor oils. Thanks for the question, Scott. Making sense of motor oil can be confusing and frustrating. Choosing among full synthetics, synthetic blends, semi-conventional, conventional, […]

Where Oil Goes and What it Does A typical engine contains hundreds of parts, none of which could function properly without oil. Far from a simple commodity, oil is a dynamic enabler of performance. It must lubricate, cool, protect, seal, actuate components and more. And it must do it all while exposed to tremendous heat […]

Winter’s over but Let’s Review Winter Lube Requirements Extreme cold can cause conventional motor oil, transmission fluid and gear lube to thicken, starving vital moving parts of necessary lubrication. In many cases, thick motor oil will prevent vehicles from starting. Cold, thick transmission fluid results in delayed or sluggish shifts and inadequate protection for bearings, […]

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