Andy Arendt

Director of Technical Marketing at AMSOIL. A 26-year veteran marketer in the petroleum industry I have diverse understanding of the lubricants market. Away from work, I enjoy pheasant and waterfowl hunting, staying fit and home improvement projects.

Recent Posts by Andy Arendt

Busting the 3,000 Mile Oil Change Myth

Change oil in your car

Changing your oil every 3,000 miles is a practice passed down for generations. The origin likely stems from the noble effort to provide consumers with a simple vehicle-maintenance rule that left plenty of room for error.



Your Polaris, Ski-Doo and Arctic Cat Dealer Can’t Void Your Warranty for Using Aftermarket Parts or Lubricants

Snowmobiling

As in the automotive market, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have introduced new snowmobiles, UTVs and other powersports equipment with advanced materials and new technologies. Prices have risen considerably the past 10 years, with snowmobiles selling for $14,000 and UTVs for more than $20,000.



What Kind of UTV Is Right For You? Maybe It’s A Sidekick

UTVs are extremely popular, and if you’re considering one, there are some fairly straight-forward points to consider, including…



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

Motor oil

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.



How Much “Synthetic” Is In My Oil?

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.”



How to Fight Ethanol Problems in Small Engines

chain-saw

In 2005, Congress instituted a new renewable fuel standard. In response, refiners made a wholesale switch, removing methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and blending fuel with ethanol. Ethanol helps reduce petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Derived from corn, ethanol supports U.S. agriculture and helps support energy independence.



10 Tools That Should Be In Your Garage

Socket Set

Due to a slow recovery from back surgery, my father’s garage was in serious need of organization. He had worked as a mechanic in his father’s shop, was a welder by trade and has become a solid handyman over the years, meaning my father has accumulated a lot of tools.



Oil Analysis – Making Sense of Used-Oil Reports

Pouring Motor oil

Analysis of used oil provides insights into the health of the oil and filters as well as the equipment. While the benefits of analysis are clear, making sense of the report you receive can be a challenge. Unpacking the elements of a typical report is a great way to improve clarity. Each oil analysis lab has a slightly different report layout and you should check with your analysis lab if you have

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5 Powerful Cars For Under $5,000

5 Powerful Cars For Under $5K

$5,000 It isn’t an insignificant amount of cash, but in terms of buying a car, it’s on the low end of the spectrum. Ideally the following list demonstrates that you can get some serious power and style for $5,000.



Diesel Fuel Winter Additives

Cold Weather Diesel

Winter temperatures can lead to power loss in diesel engines, which can be frustrating and potentially dangerous. Diesel fuel treatments provide an additional level of security against these problems and can restore performance and ensure filters do not clog.