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New 15W-50 Synthetic Metric Motorcycle Oil: Formulated for Adventure

New 15W-50 Synthetic Metric Motorcycle Oil: Formulated for Adventure

15W-50 Synthetic Metric Motorcycle Oil We’re breathing new life into our Synthetic Metric Motorcycle Oil line. The existing 10W-30 and 10W-40 viscosities feature updated labels and packaging. New labels will be introduced as existing inventory is depleted. To round out the line, we’ve added a 15W-50 viscosity that’s recommended primarily for adventure bikes. 10W-30 andRead more about New 15W-50 Synthetic Metric Motorcycle Oil: Formulated for Adventure[…]

Do Older Vehicles Need High Zinc Motor Oil?

Do Older Vehicles Need High Zinc Motor Oil?

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 canRead more about Do Older Vehicles Need High Zinc Motor Oil?[…]

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

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

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 and semi-synthetics are the most confusing. In part, this is because they fall between conventional and full synthetics on the motor oil spectrum.Read more about The Pros and Cons of Semi-Synthetic Oils and Synthetic Blends[…]

How Often Should I Change Front or Rear Differential Fluid?

How Often Should I Change Front or Rear Differential Fluid?

How often should you change your front and rear differential fluids? Well, it depends on your vehicle, driving conditions and differential fluid quality. That’s a pretty vague answer, but it’s true. If you drive your truck primarily on the highway in temperate conditions and rarely tow or haul, you likely don’t need to change frontRead more about How Often Should I Change Front or Rear Differential Fluid?[…]

Changes in the Diesel Market

Changes in the Diesel Market

Diesel engine technology must deliver reduced emissions and improved fuel economy without sacrificing power. Changes in the Diesel Market Federal regulations are dictating that medium- and heavy-duty diesel vehicles must reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by model year 2018, driving major changes in the diesel world. The API CJ-4 specification thatRead more about Changes in the Diesel Market[…]

Your Two-stroke String Trimmer, Chainsaw and Blower Mix Ratio Made Easy

Your Two-stroke String Trimmer, Chainsaw and Blower Mix Ratio Made Easy

Your String Trimmer, Chainsaw and Blower Mix Ratio Made Easy Depending on two-stroke equipment age, brand and owner preferences, keeping track of two-stroke oil mix ratios can be complicated. Professional lawn and landscape companies in particular face challenges when it comes to ensuring employees are using the correct mix ratio. One oil for all yourRead more about Your Two-stroke String Trimmer, Chainsaw and Blower Mix Ratio Made Easy[…]

AMSOIL Synthetic Diesel Oil Greatly Outperforms Minimum Standards

AMSOIL Synthetic Diesel Oil Greatly Outperforms Minimum Standards

Shell* recently announced that a sample of “Mobil Delvac 1300* Super 15W-40 did not meet the passing limits for either API CK-4 performance standards, nor the more stringent requirements for Volvo*, MACK* and Cummins*.” The 360-hour Volvo T-13 test measures both oxidation and Kinematic Viscosity, indicating an oil’s ability to resist thermal and chemical breakdownRead more about AMSOIL Synthetic Diesel Oil Greatly Outperforms Minimum Standards[…]

Engine Detuning Kills Performance: How to Protect Your Motorcycle

Engine Detuning Kills Performance: How to Protect Your Motorcycle

Some modern motorcycles are equipped with a knock sensor that adjusts timing to compensate for low-octane gasoline and eliminate engine knock.   Unfortunately, when timing is adjusted, you may experience… Rough idle Lack of throttle response Many bikers don’t even know this is occurring. Understanding engine knock, also known as detonation or pre-ignition, requires an understandingRead more about Engine Detuning Kills Performance: How to Protect Your Motorcycle[…]

Leading the Field in Deposit Protection

Leading the Field in Deposit Protection

Testing proves AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil provides more complete protection against damaging deposits than its competitors. The push toward smaller, fuel-efficient yet powerful engines has driven the development of several key technologies. Gasoline direct injection (GDI) and turbochargers are now common features of passenger cars and light trucks. By 2020, industry expertsRead more about Leading the Field in Deposit Protection[…]