Why You Should Be Wary About Using Break In Oil in Powersports Equipment

2017 September 25
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by John Baker

general Motorcycle Oil Change

Makaco Unanimous asks on our Facebook page about break in oil, with attention paid to powersports engines. First, thanks for the question, Makaco Unanimous. Second, I think I found my name for next season’s fantasy football team. Let’s get to it. Maintaining an engine is a constant fight against wear. Over time, wear not only

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The Pros and Cons of Semi-Synthetic Oils and Synthetic Blends

2017 September 22
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by Andy Arendt

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, high-mileage full synthetics and synthetic blends is just the beginning. For many, synthetic blends

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Why You Should Consider Buying a Diesel

2017 September 20
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by Mark Nyholm

The U.S. automotive market is changing and people are keeping their cars and trucks longer and longer. I am no stranger to this mentality – I just sold my 1998 pickup I had owned since new. Doing so opened the opportunity for my next long-term investment, a Ford F350 with the 6.7L diesel. Why, you

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Does Brake Fluid Go Bad?

2017 September 18
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by Josh Kimmes

Here is the short answer: Yes, brake fluid can go bad. Brake fluid absorbs moisture, which reduces its performance. For that reason, it’s best practice to change brake fluid every two years. The AAA published a study, stating that brake fluid is the most often missed maintenance item by drivers. People rarely change their brake fluid

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What Motor Oil Should I Use in a Methanol Engine?

2017 September 15
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by John Baker

Sprint car.

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 is an alcohol-based fuel that can be manufactured from a wide range of feedstocks. To

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What Motor Oil Should I Use in a Methanol Engine?

2017 September 15
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by John Baker

Sprint car.

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 is an alcohol-based fuel that can be manufactured from a wide range of feedstocks. To

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Fall Carlisle Car Show

2017 September 8
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by Lindsay Premo

It was a 1982 Chevy Camaro. Lola was her name. My late husband had saved his hard-earned money to purchase Lola when he was just 15 years old. When he blew the horn, the “Dukes of Hazzard” theme played. He picked me up in it for one of our first dates. It was our getaway car at our wedding

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What to Do When Your Car is Underwater

2017 September 7
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by Ed Newman

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard. Tragically, reports say the hurricane claimed the lives of at least 60 people. It has also wrought devastation to countless communities and households. It seems meaningless by comparison to the lives lost, but some reports say that one million cars were destroyed. Images of submerged vehicles quickly circulated the Twittersphere

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How Turbochargers and Direct Injection are Changing the Industry

2017 September 6
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by Alex Thompson

Turbocharged, gasoline-direct-injection (T-GDI) engines have been the topic of many AMSOIL blog posts and other publications the last few months, and for good reason. In recent years these technologies have taken the automotive industry by storm. In fact, industry experts predict that by 2020 nearly every new vehicle will feature at least one of these

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The DIY Oil Change: Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes

2017 August 28
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by Ed Newman

AMSOIL Motor Oil Change

I’m probably from the last generation of people who largely changed their own oil. As the pace of life has increased and engine technology has grown more complicated, most people now pay a professional to take care of their auto-maintenance needs. I still think it’s important to know how to check fluid levels and take

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The DIY Oil Change: Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes

2017 August 28
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by Ed Newman

AMSOIL Motor Oil Change

I’m probably from the last generation of people who largely changed their own oil. As the pace of life has increased and engine technology has grown more complicated, most people now pay a professional to take care of their auto-maintenance needs. I still think it’s important to know how to check fluid levels and take

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Do Older Vehicles Need High Zinc Motor Oil?

2017 August 25
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by John Baker

Jerry Dixey's Car

Thanks to Hugh Ashburn for asking this question on our Facebook page. I assume when you say “older,” you mean a classic car or hot rod with a flat-tappet camshaft. Compared to their roller-cam counterparts, flat-tappet cams undergo sliding contact rather than rolling contact. This results in increased friction and, potentially, wear. Added wear can

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Do Older Vehicles Need High Zinc Motor Oil?

2017 August 25
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by John Baker

Jerry Dixey's Car

Thanks to Hugh Ashburn for asking this question on our Facebook page. I assume when you say “older,” you mean a classic car or hot rod with a flat-tappet camshaft. Compared to their roller-cam counterparts, flat-tappet cams undergo sliding contact rather than rolling contact. This results in increased friction and, potentially, wear. Added wear can

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Is it Safe to Add Two-Stroke Oil to my Diesel Fuel?

2017 August 21
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by John Baker

Ray McClelland Diesel Power Challenge 2016

Robert Gordon wants to know, via our Facebook page, if it’s worthwhile to add AMSOIL SABER Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil to your diesel fuel. First, thanks for the question, Robert. Second, you’re not that Robby Gordon, are you? For the uninitiated, Robert’s question alludes to a practice among some gearheads of adding a dash of two-stroke

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Is it Safe to Add Two-Stroke Oil to my Diesel Fuel?

2017 August 21
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by John Baker

Ray McClelland Diesel Power Challenge 2016

Robert Gordon wants to know, via our Facebook page, if it’s worthwhile to add AMSOIL SABER Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil to your diesel fuel. First, thanks for the question, Robert. Second, you’re not that Robby Gordon, are you? For the uninitiated, Robert’s question alludes to a practice among some gearheads of adding a dash of two-stroke

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What is Synthetic Motor Oil?

2017 August 18
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by Ed Newman

AMSOIL Sig Series SAE 5W-30

As most of my friends know, and you now as well, I listen to audio books during my daily commute. My current book, about history’s first billionaire, is titled “Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.” It’s a massive book about a massively complex man, and it’s been a fascinating “read.” Here are a

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What is Synthetic Motor Oil?

2017 August 18
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by Ed Newman

AMSOIL Sig Series SAE 5W-30

As most of my friends know, and you now as well, I listen to audio books during my daily commute. My current book, about history’s first billionaire, is titled “Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.” It’s a massive book about a massively complex man, and it’s been a fascinating “read.” Here are a

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How Much “Synthetic” Is In My Oil?

2017 August 16
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by Andy Arendt

Pouring oil

Unlike food and drug companies, which must disclose the ingredients in their products, lubricant manufactures aren’t held to the same mandate, which can cause confusion if you’re shopping for synthetic motor oil. Store shelves are lined with oils described as “full synthetic,” “semi-synthetic,” “synthetic” and even “100% synthetic.” When you crack the cap on those

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How Much “Synthetic” Is In My Oil?

2017 August 16
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by Andy Arendt

Pouring oil

Unlike food and drug companies, which must disclose the ingredients in their products, lubricant manufactures aren’t held to the same mandate, which can cause confusion if you’re shopping for synthetic motor oil. Store shelves are lined with oils described as “full synthetic,” “semi-synthetic,” “synthetic” and even “100% synthetic.” When you crack the cap on those

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AMSOIL Helps Team FTF Cycles Achieve 8 Land-Speed Records

2017 August 14
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by Jamie Jarvi

The competitive realm of racing spans the landscape, encompassing virtually every form of transportation. The need for speed has found its way into everything from lawnmowers to heavily modified cars and motorcycles, leading enthusiasts on an endless pursuit to generate more power and performance in their quest for max velocity. One example of such enthusiasts

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AMSOIL Helps Team FTF Cycles Achieve 8 Land-Speed Records

2017 August 14
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by Jamie Jarvi

The competitive realm of racing spans the landscape, encompassing virtually every form of transportation. The need for speed has found its way into everything from lawnmowers to heavily modified cars and motorcycles, leading enthusiasts on an endless pursuit to generate more power and performance in their quest for max velocity. One example of such enthusiasts

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Some of Our Favorites from Hot August Nights

2017 August 11
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by Jamie Jarvi

This week has brought two main events that we here at AMSOIL and our fellow enthusiasts look forward to all year. Sturgis is about to wrap up, and we’ve had some big things taking place that are sure to leave attendees a little star struck.  Even more action can be found a little further out

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Some of Our Favorites from Hot August Nights

2017 August 11
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by Jamie Jarvi

This week has brought two main events that we here at AMSOIL and our fellow enthusiasts look forward to all year. Sturgis is about to wrap up, and we’ve had some big things taking place that are sure to leave attendees a little star struck.  Even more action can be found a little further out

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2017 Diesel Power Challenge Just Around the Corner

2017 May 24
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by Jamie Jarvi

We here at AMSOIL are all about increased power and performance in any vehicle, and diesels offer one of the best proving grounds to meet this goal. Enthusiasts in this realm stop at nothing to generate maximum horsepower and torque, and the Diesel Power Challenge is one event where they can flex their diesel-fueled muscles

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What is the difference between synthetic and conventional oil?

2017 May 22
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by Ed Newman
Motor oil, whether synthetic or petroleum-based, consists of molecular chains of hydrogen and carbon atoms, referred to as hydrocarbons. Petroleum crude oil is a thick, highly flammable dark-brown or greenish liquid with high energy density. Many contaminating elements exist in this complex mixture of hydrocarbons, including sulfur, nitrogen, oxygen and metal components such as nickel

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Is Starting Fluid Bad for Gas Engines?

2017 May 22
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by John Baker

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 first place?” Find out the answer, then fix the real problem. The detailed

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Gadgets Racing Pros Can’t Live Without

2017 May 18
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by Lindsay Premo

MMI Lorettas 2015

Be prepared to be schooled, race fans. I have a little lesson in technology for you. In today’s age, we all rely heavily on technology in our daily lives. I, for one, would be dead in the water if I didn’t have my phone, iPad and GPS watch (or maybe just lost without the last one).

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Chainsaw Artist Relies on AMSOIL to Preserve Equipment and Create Works of Art

2017 May 12
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by Jamie Jarvi

When you think of art, do chainsaws come to mind? More than likely the answer is no. But bringing art to life can take on many forms, many of them unconventional. We found that to be the case with Soderlund’s Wood Mill, a family owned and operated business run by brothers Jason and Josh Soderlund. Their

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What I Learned at The Ultimate Callout Challenge

2017 May 11
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by Mark Nyholm

Have you ever seen a turbodiesel pickup roll onto a dyno and put down 3,311 ft-lbs of torque? Yeah, right. Impossible. Au contraire, my friend. Shawn Baca did just that at this year’s Ultimate Callout Challenge, which took place last month outside Indianapolis. How about an 8.63-second ¼-mile rip down the drag strip? No way!

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What are CAFÉ Standards?

2017 May 8
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by John Baker

Back in March, news hit that the Trump administration was considering reevaluating the corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) standards that mandate fleet-wide fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025. Some claim the standards are too strict, will cost jobs and will take money from people’s pockets as vehicles become more expensive. Allegations of the Obama

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