Why Does My Vehicle’s Engine Burn Oil?

Why does my engine burn oil?

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 allows oil to enter the combustion chamber and burn. Worn valve seals produce

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Talkin’ Diesel with Adam Blattenberg of Diesel World

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There’s something inexplicably stimulating about powerful engines, whether they be steam locomotives, bulldozers or heavy-duty trucks. I can still hear in my head those ’60s commercials for funny car drag racing in Englishtown, N.J…”Sunday! At Raceway Park!!!!” I find it fascinating how the diesel pickup truck sector has erupted to become one of the most exciting

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Top 3 Single-Track Dirt Bike Trails in the Upper Midwest

Dirt Bike at Nemadji State Forest

We sat down with dirt bike enthusiast and AMSOIL Mechanical Lab Technician, Ben Grembowski, to learn about his favorite places in Minnesota to ride the trails. With 54 state and grant-in-aid trails to ride in the state, it was tough to narrow the list. Our top three single-track OHM (Off-Highway Motorcycle) trails in the upper Midwest

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Diesel vs. Gas Engines: What’s the Difference?

Diesel Truck - differences between gas and diesel engines

This is the story about the differences between diesel and gasoline engines: Diesel engines burn diesel fuel and gasoline engines burn gasoline. The end. Short and sweet, eh? Actually, there’s quite a bit more to the story. Different ways of igniting the fuel Outside of differences in the fuel used, the most notable difference between

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What’s the Right Fuel for Landscape Power Equipment?

What's the Right Fuel for Landscape Power Equipment? - Landscaping zero turn mower

If you buy a new mower, trimmer, snowblower or other piece of equipment, you may find a warning in the owner’s manual to not use certain grades of ethanol-blended gasoline. But what is ethanol and what harm can it do? Ethanol is an alcohol fuel distilled from plant materials, such as corn or sugar. It’s

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AMSOIL VS Royal Purple and Mobil 1 Extended Performance: Deposit Protection

Turbo Glows Red Hot

In 1985 I worked with my father to replace the heads and make other repairs needed to put a 1972 Fiat Sport Spider back on the road. The experience taught me why, in many circles, FIAT stands for, “Fix It Again Tony.” At 17, when I eventually got to drive the car, I experienced firsthand the

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Recent Diesel Oil Trends: Addressing Oil Consumption

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Using a good diesel oil is essential to keeping engine components clean and protected. But changing tides may be dampening the level of wear protection offered by some oils. To meet emissions standards, oil additives that protect the engine were reduced with the introduction of the API CJ-4 performance specification, in 2006. Reduced additive content may cause unforeseen

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Lawnmowers Need TLC, Too: Summer Lawnmower Maintenance

Summer lawn mower maintenance tips

If you’re like me, you like things to work when you want to use them. That’s why one of the responsibilities of owning mechanical toys or tools is to take care of them. It’s called maintenance. Whether it’s a diesel truck, chainsaw or compressor, everything requires its own kind of TLC if you want it

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4 Must-Ride Cruise Routes Every Sturgis Biker Should Experience

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The 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in full swing, and thousands of bikers are in the midst of an exciting week filled with bikes, riding tours and endless ways to make the most of their time in Sturgis. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and the rally officially wraps on Sunday with

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Low Transmission Fluid Symptoms

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We’re all familiar with the automakers’ longstanding best-in-class horsepower and towing-capacity wars. Each model year seems to feature a vehicle whose brute strength and towing capacity dwarf those of the outgoing models. Lately, automakers have found new turf over which to battle: the number of automatic transmission gears. No self-respecting automaker, it seems, will introduce

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