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

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.

Why You Should Consider Buying a Diesel

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.

Does Brake Fluid Go Bad?

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.

What Motor Oil Should I Use in a Methanol Engine?

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.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Fall Carlisle Car Show

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.

What to Do When Your Car is Underwater

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.

How Turbochargers and Direct Injection are Changing the Industry

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.

The DIY Oil Change: Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes

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.

Do Older Vehicles Need High Zinc Motor Oil?

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.

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

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?